Robert "Bobby" McFerrin, Jr. (born March 11, 1950) is an American vocalist and conductor. McFerrin was born in Manhattan, New York, the son of the late operatic baritone Robert McFerrin, and singer Sara Cooper. Robert, Sr. was the first African American to be a regular with New York's Metropolitan Opera. Bobby is best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy". He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. McFerrin's song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul, drummer Tony Williams, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.