Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Was Originally Recorded By Someone Else


We all know at this point you either love of hate Pharrell’s infectious song, “Happy.” The Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack song and lead single from his new solo album Girl, has had a long ride on the charts and on the radio, but could you have imagined it being sung by let’s say, Cee Lo Green?

Well, it turns out that the song was originally recorded by the former The Voice coach.

“Cee Lo Green wanted to do it and he did do it,” Pharrell revealed to Howard Stern in a recent interview when the DJ asked if he would have ever given the song to certain musicians to perform.

“He sounded amazing on it,” the producer continues blaming the vetoed decision on those higher people who make the choices. “He burns my version! But, how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him. Some folks on his team just felt that the priority should be on Cee Lo’s album at the time [2012’s Magic Moment ], so they elected not to do that song.”

But don’t count on there being any bad blood between them over the issue.

“There was a much bigger agenda for Cee Lo, he had an album to put out,” Pharrell says. “It’s not his fault; he was totally down with it. He was one of the most gracious people about it when “Happy” came out.”

Now, is there anyway we can hear this version in the near future, Pharrell?