The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul. The song is based on the much realer song “Ugly Woman” that was recorded in the 1930s. The song tells that if you want to be happy that you shouldn’t take a pretty woman as a wife. The song is used in the films “Clean and Sober” (1988), “Mermaids” (1990) and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (1997).
“If You Wanna Be Happy” was at the top of the Cash Box record chart for just the week of May 19 – 25. It was at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. (May 12 – 25).
This was to be the only big hit for Jimmy Soul (born James McCleese). He would later join the US Army. Jimmy died in 1988 at age 45.