In one of his biggest hits, Dobie Gray sings about the perks of being a member of a popular crowd in the swinging '60s and shows the high school clique mentality is not a new phenomenon. He boasts that he knows all the latest dances and the hottest spots, he speaks a cool language that only the elite will understand, and he gets respect when he walks down the street. Near the end of the song, we learn he's trying to get a girl to go out with him based on his popular status.
Written by Billy Page, this was often mistaken for a Motown number thanks to Page's brother, Gene Page, who infused the arrangement with a lively orchestration, including a full brass section. Indeed, Gene was known for working his magic on many Motown hits for acts like The Supremes and The Temptations.
Also in 1964, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded a live instrumental version at Bohemian Caverns, a Washington, D.C. nightclub. The jazzy cover peaked at #5 on the US pop chart.
Bryan Ferry recorded a hit version (#13 UK) for his 1974 album Another Time, Another Place.
This was featured in the 1995 Martin Scorsese drama Casino. It was also included in the 1988 musical drama The In Crowd, starring Donovan Leitch Jr. and Joe Pantoliano.
Cheap Trick covered this in 2016 for their Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello album. Bassist Tom Petersson explained to Uncut: "We used to play to play it in clubs. We were doing it a few years ago in soundchecks, I think I started playing it and it all went from there. Someone came up to us and said, 'Oh my God, that's great!' So this time I said, 'Why don't we do this song?'"