Good Lovin'

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"Good Lovin'"
Good Lovin' by the Olympics (US vinyl, orange label).png
US single of the Olympics' recording
Single by The Olympics
B-side"Olympic Shuffle"
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark, Arthur Resnick
Producer(s)Jerry Ragovoy
"Good Lovin'"
Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals.jpg
Single by The Young Rascals
from the album The Young Rascals
B-side"Mustang Sally"
ReleasedFebruary 21, 1966
RecordedFebruary 1, 1966
GenreRhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul, garage rock
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark
Arthur Resnick
Producer(s)Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd
The Young Rascals singles chronology
"I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"
"Good Lovin'"
"You Better Run"

"Good Lovin'" is a song written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick that was a #1 hit single for the Young Rascals in 1966.

Original version[edit]

The song was first recorded by Lemme B. Good (stage name of singer Limmie Snell) in March 1965 and written by Rudy Clark. The following month it was recorded with different lyrics by R&B artists The Olympics, produced by Jerry Ragovoy; this version reached #81 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

The Young Rascals' version[edit]

The tale has been told that Rascal Felix Cavaliere heard The Olympics' recording on a New York City radio station and the group added it to their concert repertoire, using the same lyrics and virtually the same arrangement as The Olympics' version. Co-producer Tom Dowd captured this live feel on their 1966 recording, even though the group did not think the performance held together well. "Good Lovin'" rose to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the spring of 1966 and represented the Young Rascals' first real hit.

"Good Lovin'" is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was ranked #333 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.[1] Writer Dave Marsh placed it at #108 in his 1989 book The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, saying it is "the greatest example ever of a remake surpassing the quality of an original without changing a thing about the arrangement."[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

British group Brian Poole and the Tremeloes released their version in 1965, before the Young Rascals single. In June 1965, The Who recorded a live version for the radio program Top Gear.

Tommy James and the Shondells released a version on their 1966 album Hanky Panky.

Gilberto Cruz Sextet covered the song for their LP "The Groovy Sounds", the first LP recorded by Cotique Records, label based in Salsa music, Soul and Funk founded by George Goldner.[2]

The Residents recorded a cover of the song for the album The Third Reich 'n Roll as a part of "Hitler was a Vegetarian"

Mary Wells included her version of the song on her 1966 album The Two Sides of Mary Wells.

"Good Lovin'" was the title song of a 2008 album by Australian singer David Campbell.

A popular version was by the Grateful Dead, who made it a workhorse of their concert rotation, appearing almost every year from 1969 on.[3] It was sung in their early years during the 1960s by Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and later by Bob Weir. The Weir rendition was recorded for the group's 1978 Shakedown Street album and came in for a good amount of criticism: Rolling Stone said it "feature[d] aimless ensemble work and vocals that Bob Weir should never have attempted."[4] On November 11, 1978, the Grateful Dead performed it on "Saturday Night Live".

John Paul Young covered the song on his album, The Singer (1981).

Bobby McFerrin recorded a version for his Simple Pleasures album in 1988.

Bruce Springsteen performed a version in 2009 at the London Calling: Live in Hyde Park concert.

Film and television appearances[edit]

The Rascals' "Good Lovin'" was used in 1983 the film The Big Chill. The false ending was used for dramatic effect, in which the character Chloe says about the character who committed suicide, while the song is playing in the background.[citation needed].

On the May 21, 2018, episode of reality television singing competition show The Voice, Team Alicia (Keys) member Britton Buchanan performed the song as his cover performance during the finale. His performance charted in the top ten on iTunes and contributed to his second-place finish behind Team Kelly (Clarkson) finalist Brynn Cartelli.


  1. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Gilberto Sextet – the Groovy Sounds of the Gilberto Sextet (1968, Vinyl)".
  3. ^ "Good Lovin'" The Grateful Dead Discography.
  4. ^ Gary Von Tersch, "Shakedown Street", Rolling Stone, March 8, 1979.