Good Lovin'

Album: Good Lovin' (1966)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick. It was originally recorded in 1965 by The Olympics, a novelty/doo-wop group who had hits with "Peanut Butter," "Western Movies" and "Hully Gully." Their version peaked at #81 in May 1965. Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals was listening to a New York soul station when he heard The Olympics' version. The Rascals liked it and played a sped-up version at their live performances with Cavaliere on lead vocals. They recorded the song for Atlantic Records, and although the group did not like the outcome, famed producer Tom Dowd loved the rawness of it and that version was released, becoming a huge hit. It went to #1 in April 1966.
  • In this song, the singer isn't feeling right, so he goes to the doctor to find out what's wrong. Turns out, all he needs is some good lovin', or a Bon Jovi would say, some bad medicine.
  • The Young Rascals added the famous "One! Two! Three!" count-in, with a different member saying each number. Felix Cavaliere told Songfacts that the order was: Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish, then Felix.
  • According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Young Rascals were surprised by the success of this track. Felix Cavaliere admitted, "We weren't too pleased with our performance. It was a shock to us when it went to the top of the charts."
  • This was The Young Rascals first hit. They went on to achieve seven US Top 30 hits before becoming The Rascals in 1968. They disbanded in 1972 after recording five more American Top 30 songs.
  • There was lots of "good lovin'" going on around this time. In 1959, Connie Francis charted with "Plenty Good Lovin'"; Chubby Checker had a minor hit with "Good, Good Lovin'" in 1961. Motown was also in on it, with The Miracles' "Mighty Good Lovin'," also in 1961. When the Young Rascals hit with their "Good Lovin'," it really opened the floodgates:

    1966: "(When She Needs Good Lovin') She Comes To Me" - The Chicago Loop
    1966: "Good, Good Lovin'" - The Blossoms
    1966: "Too Much Good Lovin' (No Good For Me)" - Brook Benton
    1969: "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" - Crazy Elephant
    1969: "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By" - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    1970: "I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')" - Candi Staton
    1971: "Good Lovin' (Makes It Right)" - Tammy Wynette
    1975: "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" - Bad Company

Comments: 16

  • Brandon from Henderson, NvThank you everybody who is a part of this song. Even the Rascals didn't care for it too much, it has turned out to be my favorite song of all time. Sorry Beatles, Beach Boys and Surf City from Jan & Dean, even though I like that song for a different reason. Good Lovin is the perfect song and will live on forever.
  • Rabbi Meyer from Central WisconsinGrateful Dead played Good Lovin' live over 400 times ... originally with Pigpen in 1965 - I suspect he introduced the Olympics version to the band given his soul and blues background, but that's just a guess. They dusted it off in 74 and put it back in the rotation in 1977.
  • Gerard from Bartlett Songfacts, how could you have gotten the intro count so wrong? It’s not half spoken, half sung by Cavaliere alone.... it’s 3 different Rascals, 3 different mics, each saying a number. I recently heard one of the original Rascals tell the story on an XM radio station. He mentioned which band member sang each number. He even joked how the last guy is a bit off tempo. I do not recall who sings what. I was coming to you for the answer!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 20th 1966, the Young Rascals performed "Good Lovin" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    And on that very day "Good Lovin'" it was the beginning of its third week on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it was at #40 and five weeks later it peaked at #1...
    {See 2nd post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 12th 1967* the Young Rascals performed "I've Been Lonely Too Long" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    At the time the song was at #41 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and six weeks later on March 26th, 1967 it peaked at #16 {1 week} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #7 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    * Exactly one year earlier on February 16th, 1966 the quartet appeared on 'American Bandstand' {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 12th 1966, the Young Rascals performed "Good Lovin'" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    And twenty-two days later on March 6th, 1966 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and seven weeks later it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on April 25th, 1966 it also reached #1 {for 1 week} on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1965 and 1971 the quartet had eighteen Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, their two other #1 records were "Groovin'" for 4 weeks in 1967 and "People Got To Be Free" for 5 weeks in 1968...
    With the first two #1s they were known as 'The Young Rascals', but by the time of their 3rd #1 it was simply 'The Rascals'...
    They had nine Top 100 records as 'The Young Rascals' and nine Top 100 records as 'The Rascals'.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 12th 1965, the Olympics performed "Good Lovin'" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Two weeks earlier on April 25th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 for a five week stay, peaking at #81...
    Ten months later on March 6th, 1966 the Young Rascals' covered version entered the Top 100 and eventually peaked at #1 (for 1 week)...
    Between 1958 and 1966 the Olympics had fourteen Top 100 record; with one reaching the Top 10, "Western Movies" (#8 in 1958)...
    R.I.P. Jimmy O'Neill (Shindig's host, 1940 - 2013).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 3rd 1980, Felix Cavaliere performed "Only A Lonely Heart Sees" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on February 24th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85; and on April 13th it peaked at #36 (for 1 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    During this same week 14 years earlier in 1966 Felix, as a member of the Young Rascals, was in the #2 position on the Top 100 with "Good Lovin'" (the week before it was #1)...
    Mr. Cavaliere will celebrate his 72nd birthday this coming November 29th, 2014.
  • Jim from Hammond, InThe Who sing this on BBC sessions CD.
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzThis performed by Bruce Willis in one episode of the "Moonlighting" tv series back in the 80s. It was a medieval themed episode.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1972 Gene Cornish & Dino Danelli formed a group named 'Bulldog'; they charted only once with a record called "No", it peaked at #44 and stayed 15 weeks in the Top 100!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyI went to a concert in Hampton Rhodes, VA in the summer of 1966; The Rascals closed the show, the only other artists I remember were B.J Thomas and the Shades of Blue {Oh How Happy}. A local AM station {can't remember their call letters} sponsored the show; their broadcast freq was 1230 KCS, so they priced the tickets at $1.23 each!!!
  • Michaela from Brooklyn, NyGreat song.Love the roughness of his voice and when the backround singers sang;"Good lovin".
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaA classic 60s "feel good" song. Right up there with the Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream" or the Turtle's "Happy Together."
  • Walter from Antwerp, BelgiumThe Rascals-hit -- among others from that era -- was later appropriately used in the film 'The Big Chill' in the early 80s. The interpolation of such early hits in later Hollywood movies like 'Dirty Dancing' and the likes, hasn't stopped since.
  • Frank from Morenci , Azits a good song....My favorite versions of this song are the live versions performed by Bob Weir and The Grateful Dead.

    The studio version recorded by The Grateful Dead either on the Shakedown Street album really blows.
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