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This was written by New York songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine. Sager was 22 when they wrote it, and Wine was 17. They wrote the song for Screen Gems publishing, and Jack McGraw, who worked at Screen Gems' London office, thought the song would be perfect for the British group The Mindbenders. The song became a huge hit in England, and was released in America a year later, where it was also very successful.
Sager was still teaching high school when she wrote this, and Wine was still in high school. Both went on to very successful careers in the music industry, with Sager writing popular songs for stage productions and movies (including "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
"), while Wine wrote the hit "Candida
" and sang on many famous songs, including Willie Nelson's version of "Always On My Mind
" and "Sugar, Sugar
" by The Archies. They wrote this in Sager's apartment.
In our interview with Toni Wine
, she explained: "We were talking about 'Groovy' being the new word. The only song we knew of was 59th Street Bridge Song,
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. You know, 'Feelin' groovy.' And we knew we wanted to write a song with that word in it. Because we knew it was the happening word, and we wanted to jump on that. Carole came up with 'Groovy kinda... groovy kinda... groovy...' and we're all just saying, 'Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda...' I don't exactly know who came up with 'Love,' but it was 'Groovy kind of love.' And we did it. We wrote it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano, it was a real quick and easy song to write. Those are incredible things when those songs can get written. Like some you can just be hung on for so long, and then others just happen very quickly. And that was one of them. And it's been so good to us."
In 1966, this was also recorded by Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles, but the version recorded by The Mindbenders, who released it as their first single without lead singer Wayne Fontana, became the hit.
Wayne Fontana left the Mindbenders after numerous singles failed to chart after their hit "Game of Love
." To quote an angry Eric Stewart after Wayne just walked off the stage while they were playing: "All we lost was our tambourine player. Wayne had been threatening to leave the band for some time and drummer Ric Rothwell had reached the end of patience with his groaning an moaning. Ric was urging him to take his ego trip and p--s off." (thanks to Shiloh Noone, author of Seekers Guide To The Rhythm Of Yesteryear
This was a #1 UK and US hit for Phil Collins in 1988. His version was used in the movie Buster, where Collins plays the title role of Buster Edwards. Collins put together the soundtrack using various '60s songs. A child actor, Collins was wary about taking a movie role after becoming famous as a musician, and he made sure the song didn't appear until the end of the film so musical perceptions wouldn't taint his performance.
The music is based on the Rondo from "Sonatina in G Major" by Muzio Clementi.
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