98.6 (song)

"98.6" is a song written by Tony Powers (lyrics) and George Fischoff (music)[4] and performed by Keith. The song reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart and No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart in 1967.[5][6] The song appeared on his 1967 album 98.6/Ain't Gonna Lie.[7] The Tokens, who had provided the backing vocals on Keith's debut single, "Ain't Gonna Lie", also provided the backing vocals for "98.6".[8]

"98.6"
Single by Keith
from the album 98.6/Ain't Gonna Lie
B-side"The Teeny Bopper Song"
ReleasedNovember 1966[1][2]
RecordedOctober 1966[3]
GenrePop rock
Length2:45
LabelMercury Records 72639
Songwriter(s)George Fischoff, Tony Powers
Producer(s)Jerry Ross
Keith singles chronology
"Ain't Gonna Lie"
(1966)
"98.6"
(1966)
"Tell Me to My Face"
(1967)

The song was produced by Jerry Ross and arranged by Joe Renzetti.[2] It sold over one million copies worldwide, earning a gold disc.[4] The track's title relates to the normal human body temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.[9] The personnel on "98.6" included Artie Butler on organ and piano, Vinnie Bell on guitar, Joe Macko on bass, and Bobby Gregg on drums. The song features a brass section of trumpets and trombones as well. The song is noted for its slow piano introduction, before the rhythm changes to 6/8 time.

Notable cover versionsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Billboard Magazine". Billboard. November 19, 1966. p. 20.
  2. ^ a b "98.6 / The Teeny Bopper Song - Keith - Mercury - USA - 72639". 45cat.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mercury Records Discography: Keith (Keith, vocals; Joe Renzetti, arranger; Jerry Ross, producer)". JazzDisco.org. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-214-20512-5.
  5. ^ "98.6 (song by Keith [American pop singer]) • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. January 28, 1967. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Official [U.K.] Singles Chart Top 50: 16–22 February 1967". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Keith (2) - 98.6 / Ain't Gonna Lie (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "Keith [American pop singer] Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  9. ^ The Body Temperature Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Bystanders - 98.6 / Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Piccadilly - UK - 7N 35363". 45cat.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "98.6 - The Bystanders ( featured in `The Boat That Rocked` film ) - Free MP3 & Video Download". Clip.dj. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Lesley Gore - Summer Symphony / 98.6 / Lazy Day - Mercury - USA - 72931". 45cat.com. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "98.6 / Lazy Day (song by Lesley Gore) ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved January 16, 2016.