Sunday, 6 May 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: The Young Rascals - Groovin'

I first heard this song when it was covered by 90's reggae artist Pato Banton, but soon discovered that the original was far superior... "'Groovin'' is a single released in 1967 by The Young Rascals that became a number-one hit and one of the group's signature songs. The single became an instant hit in May 1967, bounding up the charts and then spending four weeks atop the Billboard pop singles chart. It was RIAA-certified a gold record on June 13, 1967. Showing it (and the group's) crossover appeal, it also reached number 3 on the Billboard Black Songs chart chart.[2] "Groovin" was soon recorded by the likes of Booker T. & the M.G.'s (1967), Petula Clark (1967), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1968), Willie Mitchell (1969), Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (1967), and Marvin Gaye (1969). Finally, "Groovin'" was the only real hit the group ever had in the United Kingdom, reaching number 8 on the UK Singles Chart..."

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