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"
ReleasedFebruary 1978
Format7" (45 rpm)
Recorded1977
GenreSmooth jazz, soft rock[1]
Length3:28 (single edit)
9:43 (album version)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Chuck Mangione
Producer(s)Chuck Mangione

"Feels So Good" is the title of an instrumental composition by the American flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione. It was 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 edited (3 min 28 sec) version was released as a single in early 1978, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June of that year[2] after spending a week atop the Billboard easy listening chart in May.[3] 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".[3] 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."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Chuck Mangione: Flugelhorn & electric piano
  • Chris Vadala: Saxes
  • 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 2016 Marvel Studios film 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.[11]

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)[12] 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 neighbor can be heard singing made-up lyrics to the song in the morning.

The song is played in the second episode of South Park's 19th season, "Where My Country Gone?", by Canadian students as a religious ritual performed with trumpets at 08:00 AM and at 11:00 while facing east.

The song is played in the seventh episode of The Simpsons's 18th season, "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)" while Marge works in her sculptures.

The song is played in the thirteenth episode of Family Guy's 7th season, "Stew-Roids" where Chris is dating Connie D'Amico and mentions seeing the film "Distracting Trumpets," in which Feels So Good plays in the background of a Godfather-esq meeting.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs". 31 May 2007.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  5. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 374.
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 6/10/78". tropicalglen.com.
  8. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". www.musicoutfitters.com.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Seagal, Steven; LeBrock, Kelly; Sadler, William; Coffin, Frederick (1990-02-09), Hard to Kill, retrieved 2017-01-19
  12. ^ Jackson, Grant (6 September 2013). "Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz : NPR". Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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