|from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd|
|Written by||Anthony Newley
|Original artist||Cy Grant|
|Recorded by||Nina Simone, Muse, Michael Bublé, Eels|
"Feeling Good" (also known as "Feelin' Good") is a song written by English singer-songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1964 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, where Nina Simone first sang the song on the UK tour, a year before the 1965 Broadway première. The song has notably been covered by artists such as Cy Grant, Muse, Michael Bublé and Eels (see longer list below).
- 1 Nina Simone version
- 2 Muse version
- 3 Michael Bublé version
- 4 The Pussycat Dolls version
- 5 Selected list of other notable recordings
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Nina Simone version
|Song by Nina Simone from the album I Put a Spell on You|
|Writer||Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley|
Nina Simone's version appeared on her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You. Simone's version is also featured in the 1993 film Point of No Return, in which the protagonist uses the code name "Nina" and professes to be a longtime fan of Simone's music. The song was also featured in the promotional video of the TV series Six Feet Under (4th season), and is included in the show's volume 2 soundtrack. Simone's version is in the soundtracks of the 2006 film Last Holiday, the 2010 film Repo Men, the French 2011 film Intouchables, the 2009 video game The Saboteur (set during World War II, long before the song was written), the Chuck episode "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners," and the Person of Interest season 3 episode "Liberty." It is also used – incongruously and possibly ironically – in the 2006 Italian film Nuovomundo (Golden Door) about the emigration of poor Sicilian peasants to the US.
Versions and other songs containing samples of Nina Simone's version
The George Michael version contains samples of this cover, and is featured in Swedish hip hop group Fjärde Världen's song "Ingen Annan".
The track "About You" on Mary J. Blige's album The Breakthrough features an unusual take on the song. The bulk of the recording consists of new lyrics, composed by Mary J. Blige, will.i.am and Keith Harris. However, the chorus samples several lines from "Feeling Good" as performed by Nina Simone. The original vocals are distorted so that the voice is almost unrecognisable. For this reason, Simone receives a credit as a feature artist, and writers Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse receive credit as writers. The track is produced by will.i.am. A song by 50 Cent Bad News contains a sample from the Nina Simone's version as well, as does Lil Wayne's "Birds Flying High." The song is also sampled in the song "New Day" from the debut collaborative studio album by American rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne, released 8 August 2011. The song is also sampled in the song "How I feel" by Wax Tailor, on the album Tales of the Forgotten Melodies.
In April 2011, PBS used the song to promote their airing of the remake of "Upstairs, Downstairs".
Feeling Good is also sampled in the beginning of Bassnectar's Immersive Music Mixtape Side One.
"Feeling Good" cover
|Song by Muse from the album Origin of Symmetry|
|Released||19 November 2001|
|Genre||Symphonic rock, alternative rock|
|Writer||Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley|
Muse crafted a version on their album Origin of Symmetry and with "Hyper Music" as part of a double A-side. In a poll by Total Guitar of "the best covers ever", the Muse version came 5th in the list. It is also featured in the 2008 movie Seven Pounds starring Will Smith and in one episode of the TV series Queer as Folk as well as during the end credits of an episode of TV series Luther.
The song has featured prominently in many forms of media. The Muse version was used by Nescafé for their advertising, but without the band's permission, so Nescafé replaced it with the Nina Simone version. Muse was subsequently paid settlement money, which they donated to Oxfam. Virgin Atlantic used the Muse version as the soundtrack for a global television commercial which debuted in October 2010. The ad prominently features the song as accompaniment to a surreal sequence of vignettes depicting Virgin Atlantic cabin crew members.
This sequence includes imagery of flying people, a nod to the artwork of Muse's album Absolution.
Michael Bublé version
|Single by Michael Bublé|
|from the album It's Time|
|Released||4 April 2005|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Writer(s)||Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley|
|Michael Bublé singles chronology|
Feeling Good was also used as the opening track for Bublé's live album Caught in the Act, which was recorded live during his performance at the Wiltern Theater. Bublé's version has since been used in several television commercials, and introductions for ESPN's 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament, and for the 2010 NBA Draft Tournament. It has also featured in a number of films. The most recent appearance of his version occurs on advertisements for Virgin Holidays. The music video for the track was directed by Noble Jones. The single peaked at No. 162 in the United Kingdom, No. 70 in Australia, No. 36 in Germany, No. 66 in Austria, and No. 14 in Poland. Despite this, the song has became one of his most popular singles, and is performed during almost all of his concerts. The track finally became a hit in May 2010, when it reached No. 69 on the UK Singles Chart after it was featured in a series of British commercials.
- German CD single
- "Feeling Good" – 3:57
- "Softly As I Leave You" – 3:23
- "You'll Never Know" (Live) – 3:48
|ARIA Singles Chart||70|
|UK Singles Chart||69|
|Polish Singles Chart||14|
|Austrian Singles Chart||66|
|Netherlands Singles Chart||61|
|German Singles Chart||36|
The Pussycat Dolls version
|Song by The Pussycat Dolls from the album PCD|
|PCD track listing|
American girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded "Feeling Good" for their debut studio album, PCD (2005). The cover was received negatively by music critics who criticised describing it as "pointless" and "misguided". It charted at number 23 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs. The song was performed solely by lead singer Nicole Scherzinger on their first headlining tour PCD World Tour (2007). It was additionally included the 2006 DVD Live from London as the fourth track.
The Pussycat Dolls' version of "Feeling Good" received mostly negative reviews from critics. Nick Butler of Sputnikmusic criticised for all of the four covers located in the album. In particular of "Feeling Good" he criticised the song's inclusion on the album writing that it's "a pretty pointless vocal workout for Nicole." He added that "None of them stand up to other covers of the same tracks, let alone the originals." John Murphy from musicOMH gave a negative review writing, "All the emotion and melodrama of the original is ripped out of the heart of the song and we're left with a pointless, faux-jazz version. They may as well have strutted over to [Nina] Simone's grave and performed a stiletto clad dance upon it." Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine commented that the "rendition of 'Feelin' Good' [...] is misguided at best." However, in contrast, Spence D. of IGN wrote that "Feeling Good" "comes too late in the game to really save the album from spiraling into a melange of innocuous pop-cum-R&B studio crafted fluff." Spence D. praised the song for returning to the "retro vibe with wondrous results." On the Billboard Jazz Songs chart, the song peaked at number 23 becoming The Pussycat Dolls' only song to appear on that chart.
The song is included on their 2006 Live from London as the fourth track of the DVD. The song is solely performed by Scherzinger. The song was also included on their first headlining tour, PCD World Tour. While delivering an acapella version of the songs Scherzinger wears a "virginal hoodie-cum-headscarf." Helen Pidd of the The Guardian while reviewing their show in Manchester commented that "she sure can sing."
Selected list of other notable recordings
- 1964: Cy Grant on the album Cy & I, with Bill LeSage (World Record Club)
- 1965: Gilbert Price in the original Broadway cast
- 1965: John Coltrane on The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
- 1965: Jean DuShon on the album Feeling Good
- 1965: Julie London on the album Feeling Good
- 1965: Chris Connor on the album Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
- 1965: Sammy Davis, Jr. on the album The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show
- 1966: Bobby Darin on the album Bobby Darin: In A Broadway Bag 
- 1966: Jack Jones on his album Impossible Dream
- 1966: Freda Payne on the album How Do You Say I Don't Love You Anymore
- 1969: Black Cat Bones on the album Barbed Wire Sandwich
- 1969: Traffic on the album Last Exit
- 1969: Mahogany on the album Mahogany
- 1991: Carla White on the album Listen Here
- 1993: Elaine Paige on her album Romance & the Stage
- 1997: Sheryl Crow on the song "Tomorrow never dies" in the album Tomorrow Never Dies
- 2000: Eels on the album Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
- 2000: Frank Cunimondo Trio on the album Feelin' Good
- 2001: Muse on the album Origin of Symmetry
- 2003: RZA samples Freda Payne's rendition in the lead track of the album Birth of a Prince, "Bob 'N' I"
- 2003: Sacred Spirit on their song "A New Dawn" from the album Jazzy Chill Out
- 2004: Michelle McManus on her debut album The Meaning of Love
- 2004: Sophie B. Hawkins on the album Wilderness
- 2005: Wax Tailor on the album Tales of the forgotten melodies, sampled on the track "How I feel"
- 2005: Quantic Soul Orchestra on the album Pushin' On
- 2006: Lil' Wayne & Juelz Santana on the shelved mixtape "I Can't Feel My Face", sampled on the track "Birds Flyin' High"
- 2007: Toše Proeski on the album Igri Bez Granici
- 2007: John Barrowman on the album Another Side
- 2007: Blackmailers on the album Paradise Fanfare Blues
- 2007: Randy Crawford and Joe Sample on the album Feeling Good
- 2007: UNC Clef Hangers on the album Time Out. The track was also included in the a cappella compilation album Sing III.
- 2008: George Michael on his Greatest Hits compilation, TwentyFive
- 2009: Joe Bonamassa on The Ballad of John Henry
- 2009: My Brightest Diamond on Dark Was the Night
- 2009: Oleta Adams on Let's Stay Here
- 2009: Escala on Escala
- 2010: Gregory Porter in his album Water
- 2010: Asa on her Live in Paris Album
- 2010: M.I Abaga in his album "Illegal Music"
- 2011: Melanie Amaro in The X Factor (U.S. season 1)
- 2011: Jennifer Hudson album track from I Remember Me
- 2011: Jay-Z and Kanye West on the song "New Day" in the album Watch the Throne
- 2011: Ronan Parke in his debut album Ronan Parke
- 2012: Carly Rose Sonenclar in The X Factor (US season 2)
- 2012: Brian Stokes Mitchell in his album Simply Broadway
- 2013: Ane Brun in her retrospective album Songs: 2003-2013
- 2013: Leslie West on his album Still Climbing
- 2013: Jeffrey Adam Gutt in The X Factor (US season 3)
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