Like so many other ‘oldies’ groups, the 1960s combo known as The Happenings has been reincarnated in recent years and seems to have found some success, judging from the video below. Some of the original guys are on board (literally, when playing on cruise ships) and are helping recreate the sounds of the past, including big hits like “See You In September” and “I Got Rhythm.”
The original group was a New Jersey-based bunch that came together in the early 1960s, and it included Bob Miranda, David Libert, Tom Giuliano and Ralph DiVito. Over the years there were occasional personnel changes and the member count fluctuated from three to five, but Miranda has been the one constant, and he remains so today.
Back in the 1960s, the group charted highest on the two songs mentioned earlier, but the guys also sold a lot of records with “Go Away Little Girl” and “My Mammy.” For several years, the Happenings seemed to be everywhere at once, doing especially well with TV guest appearances on just about every big show around. Part of the appeal might have been how the guys often took familiar songs — like Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” — and updated them for a modern audience.
But even though the Happenings seemed bullet-proof for a while, things inevitably slowed down and by the end of the decade the members were going their various ways. The group has restarted from time to time in the decades since with various personnel, but the days of big-time TV stardom are in the past.