Some Kind of Wonderful

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This article is about the Goffin/King song. For the 1987 film, see Some Kind of Wonderful (film). For other uses, see Some Kind of Wonderful (disambiguation).
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Single by The Drifters
B-side "Honey Bee"
Released 1961
Format 7" 45 rpm
Genre R&B
Length 2:13
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
The Drifters singles chronology
"I Count the Tears"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Please Stay"

"Some Kind of Wonderful" is a song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King that was first released by the Drifters in 1961. (It is not related to another song of the same name which was written by John Ellison and first released by Soul Brothers Six in 1967).

The Drifters' original recording of the Goffin/King song reached No. 32 on the US Billboard pop chart and No. 6 on the US Billboard R&B chart.[1]

Notable covers include versions by Marvin Gaye (1967), Jay and the Americans (1970),[2] Carole King (1971), Peter Cincotti (2004), Aled Jones featuring Cerys Matthews (2007), and Michael Bublé on the deluxe editions of his fourth studio album, Crazy Love (2010).

On the double album The Drifters 24 Original Hits (UK, 1975, Atlantic Records), the song is mistakenly credited to John Ellison.[3] Conversely, on the Q-Tips self-titled debut album (UK, 1980, Chrysalis Records), the Ellison song is mistakenly credited to Goffin and King [4]


  1. ^ Ertegun, Ahmet; et al. (2001). "What'd I say?", The Atlantic Story: 50 Years of Music. New York: Welcome Rain Publishers. p. 532. ISBN 978-1-56649-048-1. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with Rudy Lewis on lead vocals, is released by The Drifters. It goes to #6 R&B and #32 Pop. 
  2. ^ Greg Adams (1970-02-28). "Wax Museum - Jay & the Americans | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  3. ^ "The Drifters - 24 Original Hits (Vinyl, LP, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Q-Tips* - Q-Tips (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 

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