A Groovy Kind of Love

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"A Groovy Kind of Love" is a pop song written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager and published by the Screen Gems music publishing company. It is heavily based on the Rondo movement of Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5[1] by Muzio Clementi. The song was released first by Diane & Annita in 1965, and several covers have since appeared on worldwide music charts.

The song title was an early use of the then-new slang word "groovy". Wine, who was 17 years old when she wrote the song, said, "Carole came up with "Groovy kinda… groovy kinda… groovy…" and we're all just saying, 'Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda…' and I don't exactly know who came up with "Love", but it was 'Groovy kind of love'. And we did it. We wrote it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano, it was a real quick and easy song to write."[2]

The Mindbenders version[edit]

"A Groovy Kind of Love"
Single by The Mindbenders
from the album The Mindbenders
B-side "Love Is Good"
Released 1965 (1965)
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 1:59
Label Fontana
Writer(s) Carole Bayer Sager, Toni Wine
The Mindbenders singles chronology
"A Groovy Kind of Love"
(1965)
"Can't Live with You, Can't Live Without You"
(1966)

Jack McGraw, who ran the London Screen Gems offices, thought the Wine/Bayer Sager song was a perfect match for the new group the Mindbenders, who recorded their version of "A Groovy Kind of Love" in 1965. They liked the result so much that they included the song on their first album The Mindbenders (US title "A Groovy Kind of Love") and released the song to radio as their debut single. It soon reached number two in the UK, and did the same in the United States when it was released there a year later. The song features a female backup chorus, who sings the words "You and me", and the repeated title towards the end of each verse of the song.

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
position
Ireland[3] 9
United Kingdom[4] 2
United States 2

Phil Collins version[edit]

"A Groovy Kind of Love"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "Big Noise"
Released 27 August 1988[5]
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 3:30
Writer(s) Carole Bayer Sager, Toni Wine
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Anne Dudley
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Phil Collins singles chronology
"In the Air Tonight"
(Remix)
(1988)
"A Groovy Kind of Love"
(1988)
"Two Hearts"
(1988)

Phil Collins recorded a new version of "A Groovy Kind of Love" in 1988. He had originally suggested the song as a good one for collaborator Stephen Bishop to record, with Collins producing, but decided to record it himself when he took a starring role in the film Buster, which had a 1960s setting.[6] The song was originally released on Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A live version appeared on his Serious Hits... Live! album.

Unlike the Mindbenders' version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins's version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit #1 in both the US and UK charts, and it remains the only Collins single to top the charts in both countries and it was his last #1 single in the UK.[7] It also reached #1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1989.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[8] 2
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 6
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40[9] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 4
French Singles Chart[8] 15
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart[11] 1
Italian Singles Chart[12] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 1
UK Singles Chart[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles 1

Other covers[edit]

Other covers include:

In 1979, Italian artist Ivan Graziani recorded "Agnese", his own adaptation of Clementi's Rondo, which has the same song structure.[13]

In 1989, Hong Kong singer Sandy Lam covered this song in Cantonese.

In 2011, a version of the song based on Phil Collins's slow ballad interpretation was featured in an advert for Walkers crisps featuring Gary Lineker.[14]

Preceded by
"The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz and the Plastic Population
UK number one single
4 September 1988
Succeeded by
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Hollies
Preceded by
"It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" by Rick Astley
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
8 October 1988 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Red Red Wine" by UB40
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
22 October 1988 – 29 October 1988
Succeeded by
"Kokomo" by The Beach Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ op.36 from Muzio Clementi - Public domain scores in the IMSLP
  2. ^ Songfacts Interviews:Toni Wine
  3. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results for "A Groovy Kind of Love"". Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "everyhit.com search results for "A Groovy Kind of Love"". Archived from the original on 19 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Allmusic: A Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins)
  7. ^ Maury Dean (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 60. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "lescharts.com entry". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  9. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 41, 1988". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  10. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  11. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results for "A Groovey Kind of Love"". Archived from the original on 31 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  12. ^ "A Groovy Kind of Love". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  13. ^ Arnold Rypens (2000). The Originals. Vox. ISBN 90-76695-02-4. 
  14. ^ Raeside, Julia (7 May 2011). "The Hard Sell: Walkers Crinkles". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 May 2014.