Tobi Lark

Happiness Is Here / Talkin' About Love

Topper: 1011

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  • Artist: Tobi Lark
  • A Side: Happiness Is Here
  • B Side: Talkin' About Love
  • Label: Topper
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: h2o
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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The much-loved Detroit sister, delivering Northern Soul excellence from the office of George McGregor & Dave Hamilton, one of two 45's released by on Dave's short-lived but world renowned "Topper" label.

Both her 45s for Topper highly sought-after Motor City movers from a Northern Soul Goddess, who can do no wrong.

"Happiness Is Here" a snappy George McGregor project with Tobi skipping through accomplished jazz-grounded instrumentation with Hamilton's studio guys who had honed their skills, 'cross town at Motown's Jazz Workshop. You can hear that top quality musicianship on everything Dave Hamilton was involved with.

Killer Sister Northern Soul dancer that triggers feel-good elation, right from the opening barrage of horns, the perfect platform for Tobi's heavenly voice to soar high over the peppering piano notes, cradle by archetypical Detroit girl choruses. This song could not be more "Detroit" than it is. All the ingredients on Detroit musicians can mobilize .

The flip "Talkin' About Love" is darn good also, but not in the class of the uplift that "Happiness Is Here" supplies.

Condition Report

Age browning stain on both labels, no flake or paper or print deterioration. (see images). Full gloss mint minus vinyl.

A Side

  • Title: Happiness Is Here

    B Side

  • Title: Talkin' About Love
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Topper Records, 1010 Cadillac Tower Detroit, Michigan