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Tune Weavers Honored 55 Years Later

When we say that Community Connections has extraordinary staff, we aren’t just saying it – we really mean it. We take great pride in the dedication and longevity of our staff, many of whom have been with us for 10, 20, or 25 years. We also take great pride in their accomplishments whether here at our centers or their own personal achievements.

One of our own, and an extraordinary gentleman, John Sylvia, Transportation Coordinator for Marion, was honored last week for his contribution to American Music. 55 years after their recording of “Happy Happy Birthday Baby” sold over one million records, the Tune Weavers were presented with Gold Records.

John and Charlotte Davis Rose (original members) of the Tune Weavers were recognized on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford. Todd Baptista host of the evening presented their awards.

John and Charlotte dedicated the evening and the honor to Margo Sylvia and her brother Gilbert Lopez (who have since passed away) – two of the original members who wrote the lyrics and music to the song.

The evening’s program noted, “The Tune Weavers are noted to be the first act of Cape Verdean descent to write and record a multi-million selling hit, the 1957 smash “Happy Happy Birthday Baby.'” The single went to number four on the R&B chart and number five on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been covered by the likes of Dolly Parton and Ronnie Milsap.

Congratulations John and Charlotte on your tremendous achievement!

See more pictures from the concert and awards on Facebook
Listen to the original recording of “Happy Happy Birthday Baby”

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