This piece was originally published on FYIMusicNews.

While rummaging through well-worn editions of Jazz Report, a magazine I published for 18 years beginning in 1987, I came across my interview with vocalist Bobby McFerrin from August, 1988.

What makes this so intriguing is the fact that the issue coincides with the release of McFerrin’s triple-platinum bestseller, Simple Pleasures, featuring the massive hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

McFerrin’s career was on the upswing, and he was most willing to sit for a conversation detailing his ambitions, his vocalizing and his plans for the future. I’d been familiar with his recordings, especially his 1982 debut, Bobby McFerrin, which was released by Elektra/Musician and featured a brilliant cover of Van Morrison’s Moondance, which I frequently played on Q-Jazz back in 1985.

Here’s that conversation from 1988.