Hooked on a Feeling

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"Hooked on a Feeling"
Single by B. J. Thomas
from the album On My Way
Released October 1968
Genre Pop music
Length 2:48
Label Scepter Records
Writer(s) Mark James
Certification Gold (RIAA)
"Hooked on a Feeling"
Single by Blue Swede
from the album Hooked on a Feeling
B-side "Gotta Have Your Love"
Released 1974
Format 7"
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop music
Length 2:48
Label EMI Svenska
Writer(s) Mark James
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Blue Swede singles chronology
"Hooked on a Feeling"
(1974)
"Never My Love"
(1974)

"Hooked on a Feeling" is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and originally performed by B. J. Thomas. Featuring the sound of the electric sitar, the song reached number five in 1969 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

History[edit]

In 1971, England's Jonathan King produced his own version, adding ooga chuka jungle chants similar to, but not exactly the same as, Johnny Preston's "Running Bear". King described it as "a reggae rhythm by male voices". His version reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart in 1972.[2]

In 1974, the Swedish pop group Blue Swede, with Björn Skifs as lead singer, did a cover, which included their own version of King's "ooga chuka" introduction. Their version reached number one in the United States[3] and was revived on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992.[4] This song is also used as the "Dancing Baby" song in the Ally McBeal TV show[5] and is featured in the film, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).[6]

In 1978, a cover by Canadian country music artist Carroll Baker peaked at number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.[7]

This song was later covered in 1999, by David Hasselhoff on his album Hooked on a Feeling.[8]

The band The Offspring samples the Blue Swede's "ooga chuka" refrain in their song "Special Delivery", from the album, Conspiracy of One (2000).[9]

In 2013, B. J. Thomas included "Hooked on a Feeling" in duet with Sara Niemietz, on The Living Room Sessions. The album includes new interpretations of many of Thomas' greatest hits, with production and instrumental arrangements by Kyle Lehning, and was released on the Wrinkled Records label.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BJ Thomas". Credits. AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard book of number 1 hits. Random House. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2. 
  3. ^ "Blue Swede". Hooked on a Feeling. AllMusic. 1974. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1992). "Reservoir Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1998). "Songs from Ally McBeal". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Ashurst, Sam (February 19, 2014). "Guardians Of The Galaxy: James Gunn's Trailer Breakdown: Star Lord's Walkman". Total Film. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "RPM Country Singles for December 23, 1978". RPM. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "David Hasselhoff Hooked on a Feeling". AllMusic. 1999. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Jonas, Liana (2000). "The Offspring Conspiracy of One". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Lousararian, Lori (18 June 2013). "B.J. THOMAS TO DUET WITH SARA NIEMIETZ ON "HOOKED ON A FEELING" AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY". The Living Room Sessions. Wrinkled Records. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "The Living Room Sessions". Review. AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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Preceded by
"Sunshine on My Shoulders" by John Denver
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Blue Swede version)
April 6, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John
Preceded by
"That's What You Do to Me" by Charly McClain
RPM Country Tracks number-one single (Carroll Baker version)
December 23, 1978 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Burgers and Fries" by Charley Pride