In pop culture Edit
Influenced by the Get Happy tradition, it is most associated with Judy Garland, who performed it in her last MGM film Summer Stock (1950). An instrumental, hot jazz arrangement of the song, performed by Abe Lyman's Brunswick Recording Orchestra, served as the original theme music for Warner Bros.' Merrie Melodies cartoons in 1932. Garland sang this song with Barbra Streisand in a medley that also included "Happy Days Are Here Again" on The Judy Garland Show.
The song lyrics incorporate the title phrase in the longer phrase "Come on, get happy", but it should not be confused with the Partridge Family theme song "C'mon Get Happy".
In An Extremely Goofy Movie, Max grew into a huge wrecked monster causing the song's ending to be extended with Goofy's dream ruined. He experiences some past times like his boss yelling "You're fired!", the van's horn honking, the unemployment lady and Pete while falling into the blank blue place with bronze horseshoes. He lands onto the ground with an explosion causing the background to turn white and Goofy being told to stay away from him. Then, his teacher tells him to put his pencil down, which led him into failing the exam and forgeting the date with Sylvia.
The variant appeared in the video of the movie. It was not added into the song on the movie's soundtrack.
- June Christy - Day Dreams (1995), A Friendly Session, Vol. 3 (1998), Cool Christy (2002)
- Eddie Costa - Eddie Costa Vinnie Burke Trio (1956)
- Johnny Dankworth - The Best Of Johnny Dankworth (2008)
- Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (1961)
- Jane Horrocks - Little Voice (1998)
- Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein - House "Bombshells" (2011)
- Lea Michele and Chris Colfer - Glee (2010)
- Red Norvo and his Selected Sextet (including Charlie Parker) (1945)
- Bud Powell - Jazz Giant (1950)
- Frank Sinatra - Swing Easy! (1954)
- Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007)