Album: Spooky (1968)
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  • In the cool of the evening when ev'rything is gettin' kind of groovy
    I call you up and ask you if you like to go and meet and see a movie
    First you say no, you've got some plans for the night
    And then you stop, and say, "All right"
    Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

    You always keep me guessin', I never seem to know what you are thinkin'
    And if a fella looks at you, it's for sure your little eye will be a-winkin'
    I get confused 'cause I don't know where I stand
    And then you smile, and hold my hand
    Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

    If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playin'
    I'm gonna tell you all what my heart's been a-dyin' to be sayin'
    Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams
    So I'll propose on Halloween
    Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

    Spooky, oh alright
    I said spooky, oh
    Hey yeah, I said spooky!
    Yeah yeah Writer/s: Buddy Buie, Harry Middlebrooks, James B. Cobb Jr., Mike Shapiro
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Comments: 15

  • Mrs. Linda (dennis) Yost from Cincinnati,ohioAfter Dennis’ accident Tom Garrett was hired to work with Dennis to be a replacement or co lead vocal for some live performances due to health issues .They hired Garard Montague (Bart) until he had back issues and could not travel. Paul Wesleyan was hired and has been touring with Tom the last 3 years on successful The Happy Together Tour. And the entire band is now happily doing live shows after the pandemic!
  • Funkifized from Lowell, MaThe interesting thing about this band is that all the hits had prominent saxophone solos on them, but there seems to have not been a sax player in the band. I disagree that there was little difference between the Atlanta Rhythm Section's version of "Spooky" and the Classics IV version. The rhythm pattern was the same, but it was much more rockin' guitars. I liked the updated version better for a short time and eventually found the Classics IV take to be much more listenable.
  • Joanne from CtI could transport myself in 1968 to an 8th grade grammar school dance like it was yesterday. This song is “ groovy”
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyBuddy Buie died July 18th, 2015 after suffering a heart attack in Eufaula, Alabama.
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 17th 1967 "Spooky" by the Classics IV entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 4th, 1968 it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    The quartet had a total of three Top 10 hits; and all three had 'one word' titles, the other two were "Stormy" (#5 in 1968) and "Traces" (#2 for 1 week in 1969)...
    Sadly, lead singer Dennis Yost passed away on December 7th, 2008 at the age of 65...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Howard from Levittown, Pa"Just like a ghost you keep on haunting my dreams/so I'll propose on Halloween." One of the cleverest lines ever.

    Cobb's guitar style didn't change between Classics IV and ARS; the texture seemed different in the mix though.

    I wonder sometimes if Classics IV opened up a niche for sax in pop/rock("Year of the Cat," "The One You Love" "Fool If You Think It's Over" etc.).
  • Edward from Henderson, NvAnother song about a girl with unpredictable mood swings: Billy Joel"s "She's Always a Woman."
  • Leah from Brooklyn, NyIn concept, this song about a boyfriend/girlfriend who has creepy mood swings and personality changes is first cousin to Katy Perry's recent tune "Hot N Cold."
  • Dave from Easton, PaWasn't the vocalist on theses Classics IV songs Dennis Yost? I have the single "Traces" and it's listed as "The Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost." His smooth vocals go well with the Classics IV sound. I loved ARS, too.
  • Vic from Knoxville, TnI love those descending triplets in the 2nd guitar solo
  • Bri from Orange, CaA cover was don by dusty springfeld
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaI've wondered what or who this song was about. It sounds like it could be about Morticia Addams from The Addams Family.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesCute'n'clever, one of my all times.
  • Rick from San Juan, United StatesIn one of the early episodes of HBO's "Six Feet Under", Spooky was played in one eerie scene where Nate (Peter Crause) is having a conversation with his dead father. The scene became even funnier when he told his dad that he didn't know he was into the Classics IV.
  • Jonnie from St. Louis, MoThe first recording of "Spooky" was an instrumental version by saxophonist Mike Sharp. It was a 1966 - 1967 release...forgotten by most,
    but always one of my personal favorites.
    There is also a recent Smooth Jazz version of "Spooky" by David Sanborn which is excellent...and faithful to the original version.
    (Mike Sharp (Shapiro) was part of the team that wrote "Spooky". J.R. Cobb, Buddy Buie & Harry Middlebrooks, Jr. were all listed as writers. They eventually became The Atlanta Rhythm Section.
    And the rest is history.)

    Jonnie King/WSSM, St. Louis
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