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"
ReleasedMay 1967
Format7" single
RecordedMarch 30, 1967 at Atlantic Studios
(New York, New York)
GenreSoul
Length2:38
LabelAtlantic 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)

"(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 Railroad version[edit]

"Some Kind of Wonderful"
Some Kind of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad.jpg
Single by Grand Funk
from the album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!
B-side"Wild"
ReleasedDecember 9, 1974[3]
Recorded1974 at the Swamp[4]
GenreRock
Length3:22
LabelCapitol 4002
Songwriter(s)John Ellison
Producer(s)Jimmy Ienner[4]
Grand Funk singles chronology
"Shinin' On" / "Mr. Pretty Boy"
(1974)
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
(1974)
"Bad Time"
(1975)

In 1974, Grand Funk 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.CS1 maint: others (link)
  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.