Love (Can Make You Happy)
Love (Can Make You Happy) (Jack Sigler, Jr.) — originally recorded in 1969 by Mercy, a Florida pop group formed by the songwriter and consisting of himself and former members of his high school in Brandon, a town near Tampa, Florida.
- Mercy (band) — Wikipedia
- “Sundi Album Discography” at bsnpubs.com
- Mercyrevue (official webpage), Facebook
The song was originally released on Sundi Records, but as the single climbed up the charts, the group’s lead singer, Sigler, faced being drafted. Sundi Records quickly released the album Love (Can Make You Happy) that included the song plus other cover songs that were not recorded by any of the original group. Sigler, who ended up not being drafted, signed the group to Warner Bros. Records where they recorded a sound-a-like version of the single and released the album, Love Can Make You Happy. Since Sigler never signed with Sundi, the record label was sued and the original album was banned from distribution.
The Sundi Album Discography at bsnpubs.com says,
Without Jack Sigler, [Sundi Records owner Gil] Cabot had no group to promote at live appearances, and no group to record an album to go with their hit. Cabot had reportedly met with Sigler earlier and discussed having a “tour group” to make appearances, explaining to him that not having a group could be a deal-breaker if they wanted to get national distribution. Sigler didn’t have much choice, since he was not going to be available, so Cabot found a trio of background vocalists to stand in as “Mercy”. Who these singers were is not exactly clear, since they weren’t identified on the Sundi album issued in early June, 1969. The three women pictured on the album cover have all the look of professional models, and are unlikely to be the actual singers. Elsewhere, it was reported (unconfirmed) that the trio who recorded the rest of the Sundi album were Gil Cabot’s wife, his secretary, and his secretary’s sister (the latter two may be apocryphal, but Cabot’s wife is commonly noted as one of the singers). Backing instruments were widely acknowledged to be by Mighty Manfred and the Wonder Dogs, a local band who had recently recorded a single for Sundi.
Mercy — The original recording was issued on the single Sundi SR-6811, b/w “Fire Ball,” in March 1969, and peaked at #2 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. The recording was also the title track on the Sigler-less album credited to The Mercy, Sundi SRLP 803.
The following copy, while otherwise being among the highest quality of the many I checked on YouTube, has a lot of static in the last 10 seconds or so of the audible portion. I’ll replace it when I find a better copy.
This version features a far more prominent organ, which essentially replaces some of the group vocal parts of the original.
The California Poppy Pickers — from the 1969 LP Today’s Chart Busters, Alshire Records S-5163
Ray Conniff and the Singers — from the 1969 album Jean, Columbia CS 9920
Lafayette e seu Conjunto — from the 1969 album A Presenta Os Successos, Vol. 7
Percy Faith: His Orchestra & Chorus — from the 1969 album Love Theme From “Romeo and Juliet”
Boris Gardiner — recording date unknown
A recording of the song by Gardiner was released in Jamaica in 1969, according to Wikipedia and 45cat.com. Dating the recording in the video below is complicated by the fact that
- This recording is evidently shorter than the 1969 single by at least 20 seconds.
- A note by the video provider indicates that it is the second version by Gardiner. The 1970 Boris Gardiner album It’s So Nice to Be With You, released in the US on the K&K, Wildflower, and Steady Records labels, contains a recording of “Love Can Make You Happy.” So this recording might be from that album.
The words sung by Gardiner in this recording contain a few significant, and rather confusing, modifications of the original lyric:
original — And the smell of flowers blooming fills the air
Gardiner — And the shad(?) of love’s light burning in the air
To have, to hold’s important when forever is the phrase
That means the love you’ve found is going to stay
To have, to hold her more than…than forever is your prayer
That even love will find it hard to stay
Lloyd Charmers with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires — originally released in Jamaica on the 1970 album Reggay Charm, Dynamic Sounds 3304; released in the UK in 1970 on the LP Reggae Charm, Trojan Records TTL 30
Sound Dimension Plus — Christmas Time, Studio One (label) — date unknown
Voice of Soul (choir) — Portland Community College Spring 2010 Concert
Dave and the Imaginary Band — uploaded on 21 May 2011
Lovon and Kevin — 14 September 2011 rehearsal, NYC-Ripley Grier
calikokat104 — piano solo, published on 21 May 2012
Mercy — live in Ocala, Florida in May 2012 — band members include: Jack Sigler (bass, vocal), Butch Darby (lead guitar, vocal), Suzanne Sigler (keyboard, vocals)
Ameritz Karaoke Entertainment — released on 26 July 2012, according to the video provider; the same recording was released under the moniker the Mega Tracks Karaoke Band on 12 February 2014
Nick Ingman and his Orchestra — date unknown; published on YouTube on 3 March 2014
The Daffodils — from the compilation Hits After Hits, Vol. 8, release date unknown; published on YouTube on 6 November 2014
Eunike Keke — Published on 12 February 2016