Spooky (Classics IV song)
|Single by Classics IV|
|from the album Spooky|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Genre||Jazz fusion, Pop|
|Writer(s)||Mike Shapiro, Harry Middlebrooks Jr., James Cobb, Buddy Buie|
"Spooky" was originally an instrumental song performed by saxophonist Mike Sharpe (Shapiro), written by Shapiro and Harry Middlebrooks, Jr., which first charted in 1967 hitting #57 on the US pop charts. Its best-known version was created by The Classics IV when guitarist James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie added lyrics centering on a "spooky little girl". In 1968, the vocal version of the song reached #3 in the U.S. (Billboard Hot 100) and #46 in the UK.
"Spooky" has also been covered by a number of artists including Dusty Springfield (whose gender-flipped version was featured prominently in the Guy Ritchie film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Percy Sledge, Andy Williams, Martha and the Vandellas, Michel Pagliaro (recorded song in French), Velvet Monkeys, Daniel Ash, Lydia Lunch, R.E.M., The Jazz Butcher, Joan Osborne, GoldieLocks, Imogen Heap, Kid Montana, who issued the song as a single on Les Disques du Crepuscule in 1986, David Sanborn, The Golden Cups, The Puppini Sisters, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Marc Antoine, The Boris Gardiner Happening, Element of Crime, Phish, The Lettermen, and AP Mike.
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