It all started with a song called “The Dog And The Cat.” Cortez didn’t like his vocal so he sat down at an organ in the studio and changed the melody. And so “The Happy Organ” was born
It was one of the first rock songs to use the organ as the central instrument. It was released as a single in the early spring of 1959. Cortez was touring as the keyboardist for Little Anthony and The Imperials when he received a phone call on May 11, informing him that “The Happy Organ” had reached number one on the BILLBOARD Hot 100.
He would have a couple more chart songs, the biggest of which was “Rinky Dink,” which reached number 10.
“The Happy Organ” remains a unique number one and for one week in May of 1959, it ruled the American music world.