Feels So Good (composition)

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"Feels So Good"
Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione.jpg
Single by Chuck Mangione
from the album Feels So Good
B-side "Maui-Waui"
Released February 1978
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1977
Genre Easy listening, smooth jazz
Length 3:28 (single edit)
9:43 (album version)
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Chuck Mangione
Producer(s) Chuck Mangione

"Feels So Good" is the title of a 1978 instrumental by the American flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione. It was both written and produced by Mangione and is the title track from his 1977 album.

The album version of "Feels So Good" runs almost ten minutes, but an edit trimming the piece to 3 minutes 28 seconds was released as a single in early 1978. The single reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June of that year[1] after spending a week atop the Billboard easy listening chart in May.[2] The recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the ceremony held in 1979, losing out to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are".[2] Mangione re-recorded the tune (as a slow ballad, and with lyrics sung by Don Potter) for his 1982 album 70 Miles Young.

Mangione was quoted describing the editing of the original version of the track as "major surgery."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Chuck Mangione: Flugelhorn & electric piano
  • Chris Vadala: Saxes (album version only)
  • Grant Geissman: Guitar
  • Charles Meeks: Electric Bass
  • James Bradley, Jr.: Drums

Uses in popular culture[edit]

Mangione appeared in a commercial for Memorex in 1979 performing "Feels So Good". Ella Fitzgerald, who became famous for Memorex commercials in 1970s, heard Mangione and musicians perform it, then it was played back for her. When she was asked "if it was live or it is Memorex?", Ella shrugged and said, "Beats me!".

It was also played at the beginning of the movie, Doctor Strange. It is part of a "name that tune" musical challenge game they play while performing an operation. At one point it is commented "the man charted a top ten hit with a Flugelhorn".

Mason Storm, as portrayed by Steven Seagal, enjoys listening to "Feels so Good" in his car in the 1990 action-thriller Hard to Kill.[10]

The composition was heard frequently in King of the Hill, including a running gag in which Mangione (who often guest starred on the show as himself[11]) worked it into whatever he was playing.

The song was featured in the Friends episode "The One with All the Haste", in which Joey and Chandler's unnamed neighbour can be heard singing made-up lyrics to the song in the morning.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4595a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4595a.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4595a
  4. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4590&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4590.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4590
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 374. 
  6. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/19780610.html
  7. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  8. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  10. ^ Seagal, Steven; LeBrock, Kelly; Sadler, William; Coffin, Frederick (1990-02-09), Hard to Kill, retrieved 2017-01-19 
  11. ^ Jackson, Grant (6 September 2013). "Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz : NPR". Retrieved 1 March 2017. 

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