Some Kind of Wonderful (Soul Brothers Six song)

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"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Single by Soul Brothers Six
B-side "I'll Be Loving You"
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded March 30, 1967 at Atlantic Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Soul
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) John Ellison
Soul Brothers Six singles chronology
"Don't Neglect Your Baby"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"You Better Check Yourself"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Single by Grand Funk Railroad
from the album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
Released December 9, 1974 (1974-12-09)[1]
Recorded 1974 at the Swamp[2]
Genre Rock, blues rock
Length 3:22
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner[2]
Grand Funk Railroad singles chronology
"Shinin' On"/"Mr. Pretty Boy"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Bad Time"

"Some Kind of Wonderful" is a song written by John Ellison and first recorded by his group, Soul Brothers Six, in 1967, peaking at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It is not related to the other song by the same name written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (and recorded by artists including The Drifters and Marvin Gaye).

In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad recorded the song[3] for the group's album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!. Reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 on 22 February 1975, it ranked #74 on Billboard's Hot 100 year-end chart for 1975 (but the 27 December 1975 print edition of Billboard, which contained the Hot 100 for 1975 that Casey Kasem followed, erred in placing it at #6 and in placing all the songs from #6 through #73 one position lower apiece) and is one of the band's best-known songs. Their version of the song appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictitious radio station K-DST.

British blue-eyed soul band Q-Tips (featuring lead singer and guitarist Paul Young) recorded a version on their 1980 debut album, although on the label it was mistakenly credited to Goffin and King.[4] The Fantastic Johnny C also recorded a version of the song. Buddy Guy released a version of the song on his 1993 album Feels Like Rain. Later, Huey Lewis and the News charted with their own version, including it on their 1994 covers album Four Chords & Several Years Ago. The song was also covered by English rock band Toploader on their 2002 album Magic Hotel and by English soul singer Joss Stone on her debut album, 2003's The Soul Sessions. Native American singer-songwriter Robert Richmond recorded a version of the song in 2004 for inclusion on the compilation album "Great Lakes Twang", but pulled the song at the last minute. It remains unreleased.

On the double album "The Drifters 24 Original Hits" (UK, 1975, Atlantic Records), the Goffin and King song is mistakenly credited to John Ellison.[5]


Year Artist Chart Peak
1967 Soul Brothers Six U.S. Billboard Hot 100 91
1968 The Fantastic Johnny C U.S. Billboard Hot 100 87
1975 Grand Funk Railroad U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
1994 Huey Lewis and the News U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 7[6]