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R C “Happy” Hopper has been writing songs (over 550) and performing professionally since 1985 (His first songs were written in the early 1960’s). As an accomplished 12-string guitarist, baritone 8-string guitarist, and mandolin player, Happy performs a number of classical, pop, rock, and country instrumental solos on the guitar. Happy has Tommy Emmanuel as his favorite guitarist and is very fond of a number of flamenco artists. Most recently he is playing instrumental covers for David Foster's beautiful song, "The Prayer," sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli at my gigs, as well as "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from the movie, Evita, "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" from the movie, Don Juan De Marco, "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar.
Presently Happy sings and plays in restaurants, every Friday @ Tequila’s in Branson West (year around); every Saturday @ Indian Point Floating Cafe on Table Rock Lake in the Branson area (seasonal); each first Monday of the month @ Reeds Spring Pizza Company in Downtown Historic Reeds Spring (year around); as well as for private parties, civic clubs, school and church events, conventions, retreats, and special occasions. He has videos on his Facebook page where he has over 3,000 friends, as well as videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/felizhopper and 200 audio mp3 recordings on ReverbNation. Videos are also posted on the following: http://musianlisting.com/branson-missouri-rc-hopper.php, and on his website: www.rchopper.com. Happy also has a secondary facebook page: Happy Music by Happy.
Happy had his own cable television show, "The Happy Hopper Hour," for almost four years in Liberal, Kansas from 1971 to 1974. Happy was the founding pastor of an interdenominational church which became the 6th largest among 37 in Liberal, Kansas with a record Easter Sunday attendance of 488 when he was pastor there from 1973-1985. He has written melodies for selected verses from every chapter of the Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Revelation which are used as devotionals.
R C married his high school sweetheart, Cecilia, on June 5, 1965. Cecilia passed away on December 8, 2012. R C and Cecilia have four adult children, a daughter in Oklahoma City, two sons in Springfield, Missouri, and their youngest daughter who also lives in Springfield, Missouri. R C and Cecilia have five grandchildren and two great granddaughters. R C attends Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri and as an ordained minister since 1965, he continues to officiate weddings, funerals, and other special events.