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1 Don’t Worry Be Happy: how many of the popular subjects in our world are connected with the past.

2 1988 Billboard Hits…  If you were alive in 1988- Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy would commonly be heard on your radio  It held a number 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 2 weeks in a row.  However, this was not the first time this phrase had been heard…  If you were alive in 1988- Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy would commonly be heard on your radio  It held a number 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 2 weeks in a row.  However, this was not the first time this phrase had been heard…

3 Origins  Meher Baba (1894-1969) used the expression “ Don ’ t Worry Be Happy ” while cabling his followers in the West.

4 McFerrin Discovers A Hit  Bobby McFerrin recognizes this phrase on a Jazz poster in an apartment 1988  McFerrin turns this phrase into the first a capella song to hit the Billboard charts.  He won a Grammy for it in 1989.  Bobby McFerrin recognizes this phrase on a Jazz poster in an apartment 1988  McFerrin turns this phrase into the first a capella song to hit the Billboard charts.  He won a Grammy for it in 1989.

5 Not the end of this hit…  This song’s lyrics have appeared anywhere from George H. W. Bush’s campaign in 1988 to the Hip-Hop songs of Public Enemy.  We can compare this to a literary term we know…  This song’s lyrics have appeared anywhere from George H. W. Bush’s campaign in 1988 to the Hip-Hop songs of Public Enemy.  We can compare this to a literary term we know…

6 Allusion: an implied or indirect reference to a well-known subject in literature  Pop Culture items often appear in literature we read.  For example, the novel Catcher in the Rye has many pop culture allusions from its era embedded in its reading  Choose one of the allusions from the novel, and explain it’s Pop Culture history  Pop Culture items often appear in literature we read.  For example, the novel Catcher in the Rye has many pop culture allusions from its era embedded in its reading  Choose one of the allusions from the novel, and explain it’s Pop Culture history

7 References  "Don't Worry Be Happy." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia 4/18/2008 4/18/2008.  Ken, Meyering. "bighappyfaces.com." Google Images 4/18/2008.  "Don't Worry Be Happy." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia 4/18/2008 4/18/2008.  Ken, Meyering. "bighappyfaces.com." Google Images 4/18/2008.


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