A cappella group The Persuasions began singing together in Brooklyn, New York in the mid-1960s. This single was released in 1972, the year after it appeared on their Street Corner Symphony album. "When we did this song ["Good Times"] we were singing about this one particular lady that you wanted to be with," original member Jimmy Hayes told Billboard magazine in 2015. "Everything is gonna be alright -- I ain't got no money in my pockets, they don't jingle, but as long as we can get together everything is gonna be alright. We're gonna have good times."
The song was sampled by English musician Jamie xx for his 2015 track, "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" after he came across the tune during a crate-digging mission in Detroit.
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.
Country star Slim Whitman's version of the 1920s song "Rose Marie" spent 11 consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK in 1955, a record until 1991 when Bryan Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" spent 16 weeks at the top.