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Bobby McFerrin Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016Robert Keith "Bobby" McFerrin, Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American vocalist and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy". He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. He is known for his unique vocal techniques, including giving the illusion of polyphony by singing an accompaniment alongside the melody, making use of percussive effects and making large jumps in pitch; as well as improvising much of his performed music, including melody, chords and sounds in a form of scat singing. He is also known for having performed and recorded regularly as an unaccompanied solo vocal artist. He has frequently collaborated with other artists, from both the jazz and classical scenes.McFerrin was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of operatic baritone Robert McFerrin and singer Sara Copper. He attended Cathedral High School (Los Angeles) and the California State University, Sacramento.McFerrin married Debbie Green in 1975. They have three children, Taylor, Jevon, and Madison. Madison sings in the band Cosmodrome, and joined Bobby McFerrin as a vocalist on his 2013 spirityouall tour.McFerrin's song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a No. 1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumentalists, including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul, drummer Tony Williams, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Wikipedia
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|Year||Award||Ceremony||Nomination||Movie||Award shared with|
|1997||Primetime Emmy||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cultural Music-Dance Program||Great Performances (1971)||· Peter Gelb (executive producer)|
· Pat Jaffe (executive producer/director)
· Molly McBride (producer)
· Laura Mitgang (producer)
|1989||Kids' Choice Award||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Song||For the song "Don't Worry Be Happy"|
|1988||ACE||CableACE Awards||Performance in a Music Special||Bobby McFerrin: Spontaneous Inventions (1987)|
|1987||Grammy||Grammy Awards||Best Music Video, Long Form||Bobby McFerrin: Spontaneous Inventions (1987)||· Bud Schaetzle (director)|
· Martin J. Fischer (video line producer)
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|1||His composition "The 23rd Psalm (Dedicated to My Mother)" was adopted as a hymn by the Unitarian-Universalist Association, and appears in their supplemental hymnal "Singing the Journey" (Hymn # 1038).|
|2||Has guest conducted many orchestras and choirs across the country but had his first experience conducting a concert band in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where he conducted the Wind Ensembles from UW-Stevens Point and Stevens Point Area Senior High School.|
|3||His "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was the first "a capella" song to top the charts|
|4||His song, "Don't Worry Be Happy," went to #1 on the U.S. charts September of 1988. He then won the Grammy for "best Male Pop Vocalist," "Best Song," and "Record of the Year." To his dismay and without permission, "Don't Worry Be Happy" was used in George Bush's reelection campaign.|
|5||Son of opera singer Robert McFerrin .|
|6||Has a four-octave vocal range.|
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|1||Known for his vocal percussion and a cappella singing|
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