Feels So Good

Album: Feels So Good (1977)
Charted: 4

Songfacts®:

  • You might not know the title of this song, but you'll recognize it when you hear it. In America, "Feels So Good" is one of the most popular instrumental songs of all time, and certainly the biggest flugelhorn hit.

    Chuck Mangione first recorded with his brother Gap in a band called The Jazz Brothers, which formed in 1960. He signed with Mercury Records as a solo artist and released his first album in 1970, charting for the first time with "Hill Where The Lord Hides" in 1971 (#76). He grew a following in jazz circles and scored a surprise mainstream hit with "Feels So Good," which reached #4 in June 1978 and also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. These were the last days of disco, and his smooth jazz number provided welcome relief from the typical dance music that had saturated the airwaves. It sold over two million copies.
  • On the Feels So Good album, this track runs 9:42. Mangione recorded it along with five more instrumentals for the album, none of which seemed to have hit potential. An executive at his label suggested cutting down the title track to make it more radio-friendly, so a 3:28 edit was made and released as a single, which became the hit. The radio edit retained the two key elements in the song: Mangione's flugelhorn, and the guitar solo by Grant Geissman. Other performers on the track were Charles Meeks on bass, Chris Vadala on saxophone and James Bradley, Jr. on drums.
  • This earned a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year, losing to Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are." Mangione didn't come out empty-handed: He took Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his album Children of Sanchez.
  • "Feels So Good" is far and away Mangione's most popular song, but it's not the only one to make an impact: His song "Give It All You Got" was chosen as the theme to the 1980 Winter Olympics and also went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  • This song has been used in episodes of these TV series:

    Friends ("The One with All the Haste" - 1998) - Joey's singing neighbor (Michal Connor) annoys Rachel with his vocal rendition, "Morning's Here."
    The Simpsons ("Ice Cream of Margie: With the Light Blue Hair" - 2006)
    Family Guy ("Stew-roids" - 2009)
    The Big Bang Theory ("The Graduation Transmission" - 2015)
    South Park ("Where My Country Gone?" - 2015)

    And these movies:

    Hard to Kill (1990)
    Fargo (1996)
    Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
  • This song was a topic of discussion in the 2016 blockbuster Doctor Strange. It plays in a scene where the title character is doing brain surgery. When his assistant says that the song was released in 1978, Strange corrects him, letting him know that it was issued in December 1977 (he's right).
  • The song was part of a running gag throughout King Of The Hill, an animated TV series set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas. Mangione, who made several guest appearances on the show during its run from 1997 to 2010, portrayed himself as the reluctant celebrity spokesperson for Mega Lo Mart. When his strict contract with the department store takes over his life, he's reduced to living in secret at the Arlen location. The joke was that no matter what song Mangione played, it always turned into "Feels So Good."

    Mangione first shows up in the season 1 episode "Luanne's Saga." Wearing his red-and-white jacket and trademark hat from the album cover, he appears in a commercial for Mega Lo Mart, saying he shops there because it "feels so good."

Comments: 3

  • Jef Leppard from Atl GaThis amazing and beautiful guitar solo inspired me to learn more jazz-related songs and passages.
    Grant Geissman's work is simply masterful, and is a standout in my mind of great late-70's guitar!
  • Joe from Charlotte, NcI remember when I was young, this song as the background music to a Visit or Vacation in New York commercial in the late 70s early 80s. I googles and searched youtube with out any luck. Can someone confirm this? Thanks.
  • DhatoneI can't believe this page doesn't mention King of the Hill. Chuck Mangione became a recurring character on that show and Feels So Good is played in just about every episode that features him. [got that added - editor]
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