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 City, New York)
Genre Soul
Length 2:38
Label Atlantic 2406
Writer(s) John Ellison
Soul Brothers Six singles chronology
"Don't Neglect Your Baby"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"You Better Check Yourself"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Single by Grand Funk Railroad
from the album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
Released December 9, 1974[1]
Recorded 1974 at the Swamp[2]
Genre Rock, blues rock
Length 3:22
Label Capitol 4002
Producer(s) Jimmy Ienner[2]
Grand Funk Railroad singles chronology
"Shinin' On"/"Mr. Pretty Boy"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Bad Time"

"Some Kind of Wonderful" is a song written by John Ellison and first recorded by his group, Soul Brothers Six, in 1967, peaking at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[3] It is not related to the other song by the same name written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (and recorded by artists including The Drifters and Marvin Gaye).

Other versions[edit]

  • The Fantastic Johnny C covered the song in 1968, reaching number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]
  • 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 22 February 1975,[6] it ranked #74 on Billboard's Hot 100 year-end chart for 1975 (but the 27 December 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) and is one of the band's best-known songs. Their version of the song appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictitious radio station K-DST.
  • British blue-eyed soul band Q-Tips (featuring lead singer and guitarist Paul Young) recorded a version on their 1980 debut album, although on the label it was mistakenly credited to Goffin and King.[7]
  • Country Music legend Conway Twitty released a cover on his 1977 album Play Guitar Play.
  • Buddy Guy released a version of the song on his 1993 album Feels Like Rain.
  • Huey Lewis and the News charted with their own version, including it on their 1994 covers album Four Chords & Several Years Ago.
  • Toploader released a version on their 2002 album Magic Hotel.
  • Joss Stone released a version on her 2003 debut album, The Soul Sessions.


Year Artist Chart Peak
1967 Soul Brothers Six U.S. Billboard Hot 100 91
1968 The Fantastic Johnny C U.S. Billboard Hot 100 87
1975 Grand Funk Railroad U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
1994 Huey Lewis and the News U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 7[8]
2002 Toploader UK Singles Chart 76[9]