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Some Kind of Wonderful by Grand Funk

Album: All The Girls In The World BewareReleased: 1975Charted:
  • This was originally recorded in 1967 by an R&B group called the Soul Brothers Six. Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer got the idea to record it. "We all grew up in Flint, Michigan," he said in our interview. "We used to listen to a station called WAMM, which was a black station in Flint. We all grew up on R&B, Gospel and Soul music, and they used to play the Soul Brothers Six version of that song all the time on WAMM radio in the '60s. When we were traveling around the country, I used to start singing that song in the back of the car a cappella, and everybody would just kind of jump in and sing along with me - 'I don't need a whole lots of money, I don't need a big fine car.' We'd kind of shear off on the choruses and stuff, and our manager said, 'That's a great song, why don't you record it,' so we recorded the song and it became a huge hit."
  • The line, "Can I get a witness" has two sources: Christian revivals and a Marvin Gaye song ("Can I Get a Witness?").
  • Brewer and Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farner shared vocals on this track.
  • This was one of many successful cover songs by Grand Funk. The year before, they had a #1 hit with "The Loco-Motion," which was originally recorded in 1962.
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On February 16th, 1975, "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk peaked at #3 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on December 8th, 1973 at position #67 and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #6 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
Was track five of side two on the group ninth studio album, 'All the Girls in the World Beware!!!'...
One other track from the album also made the Top 100; "Bad Time" reached #4 (for 2 weeks) on June 1st, 1975...
The group's two other Top 10 records both peaked at #1; "We're An American Band" for 1 week in 1972 and "The Loco-Motion" for 2 weeks in 1974.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Mark Farner later became a born-again Christian and recorded a solo album (also titled "Some Kind of Wonderful") in which he covered this song, changing the lyrics to reflect his love for Jesus as opposed to the girl. Instead of "talking about my baby" it became "talking about my Jesus". Instead of "sweet lovin' woman like mine" it became "sweet lovin' Savior like mine". "She's some kind of wonderful" became "He's some kind of wonderful."Darren - Loves Park, Il
Also heard " Her lovin' LIPS around Me ".Joe - Grants Pass, Or
Resulting from listening to this song while reading a review of the movie "Tropic Thunder", a new set of lyrics have arisen concerning that Azaria Chamberlain incident.Pete - Sydney, Australia
I've always felt Mark Farner was one of the best 'vocalizers' in the music business, able to sing well enough that the words are always crystal clear and easy to understand. You can definitely see it on this great GFR song.Wayne - Crockett, Tx
In their live shows, Mark Farner would sing "When she wraps her lovin' LEGS around me, 'bout drives me out of my mind".Bill - Downers Grove, Il
GTA San Andreas revived this. This song is too cool to pass up!Matthew - East Brunswick, Nj
"Some Kind Of Wonderful" was written by John Ellison, lead singer of the Soul Brothers Six. This song later also charted for the Fantastic Johnny C (1968), Grand Funk Railroad (1974), and Huey Lewis & the News (1994).Rolfe - Thornton, Co
In 2005, this song is being used in a TV commercial for Kraft Mayonnaise touting it's "wide mouthed" jar!Susan - Phoenix, Ca
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