Some Kind of Wonderful (Soul Brothers Six song)

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"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Single by Soul Brothers Six
B-side "I'll Be Loving You"
Released May 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded March 30, 1967 at Atlantic Studios
(New York, New York)
Genre Soul
Length 2:38
Label Atlantic 2406
Songwriter(s) John Ellison
Soul Brothers Six singles chronology
"Don't Neglect Your Baby"
(1966)
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
(1967)
"You Better Check Yourself"
(1967)

"Don't Neglect Your Baby"
(1966)
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
(1967)
"You Better Check Yourself"
(1967)

"(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" is a song written by John Ellison[1] and first recorded by his group, Soul Brothers Six, in 1967, peaking at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[2] The best known version is by Grand Funk Railroad from 1974 which reached number 3 on the same chart.

Grand Funk version[edit]

"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Some Kind of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad.jpg
Single by Grand Funk Railroad
from the album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
B-side "Wild"
Released December 9, 1974[3]
Recorded 1974 at the Swamp[4]
Genre Rock
Length 3:22
Label Capitol 4002
Songwriter(s) John Ellison
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner[4]
Grand Funk Railroad singles chronology
"Shinin' On" / "Mr. Pretty Boy"
(1974)
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
(1974)
"Bad Time"
(1975)

"Shinin' On"/"Mr. Pretty Boy"
(1974)
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
(1974)
"Bad Time"
(1975)

In 1974, Grand Funk Railroad recorded the song[5] for the group's album All the Girls in the World Beware!!! Reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 22, 1975,[6] it was an indisputable hit and thusly became one of the band's best known songs.

It also ranked number 74 on Billboard's Hot 100 year-end chart for 1975 (but the December 27, 1975, print edition of Billboard, which contained the Hot 100 for 1975 that Casey Kasem followed, erred in placing it at #6 and in placing all the songs from #6 through #73 one position lower apiece).[citation needed]

Their version of the song appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictitious radio station K-DST.

Other versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Artist Chart Peak
position
1967 Soul Brothers Six U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 91
1968 The Fantastic Johnny C U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 87
1975 Grand Funk Railroad U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 3
1994 Huey Lewis and the News U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 44
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[18] 7
2002 Toploader UK Singles Chart[19] 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Some Kind of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  2. ^ "Some Kind of Wonderful (song by Soul Brothers Six) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1967-06-24. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  3. ^ Tedds, David K. (2006). Greatest Hits (CD liner). Grand Funk Railroad. Hollywood, California, United States: Capitol Records. 509992-34915-26.
  4. ^ a b All the Girls in the World Beware!!! (Vinyl sleeve). Grand Funk. Capitol Records. 1974. SO-11356.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Some Kind of Wonderful (song by Grand Funk Railroad) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1974-12-14. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  7. ^ a b "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful (song by The Fantastic Johnny C) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. 1968-11-16. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  8. ^ "Q-Tips* - Q-Tips (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  9. ^ "Play, Guitar Play - Conway Twitty | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  10. ^ Daniel Gioffre (1993-03-09). "Feels Like Rain - Buddy Guy | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  11. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Four Chords & Several Years Ago - Huey Lewis & the News | Songs, Reviews, Credits". date=1994-11-01. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  12. ^ Cub Koda (1999-08-07). "Welcome to Little Milton - Little Milton | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  13. ^ "Little Milton & Delbert McClinton - Some Kind of Wonderful". YouTube. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  14. ^ "At the Magic Hotel - Toploader | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2002-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  15. ^ Thom Jurek. "The Soul Sessions - Joss Stone | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  16. ^ "Soul Brothers Six | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  17. ^ "Huey Lewis | Awards". AllMusic. 1950-07-05. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  18. ^ "Country Singles : Billboard". Nl.newsweek.com. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  19. ^ "Some Kind of Wonderful (song by Toploader) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2015-09-30.