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"Good Lovin'" is a song written by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick that was a #1 hit single for the Young Rascals in 1966.

"Good Lovin'"
Single by The Olympics
B-side"Olympic Shuffle"
GenreRhythm and blues
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark, Arthur Resnick
Producer(s)Jerry Ragavoy
"Good Lovin'"
Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals.jpg
Single by The Young Rascals
from the album The Young Rascals
B-side"Mustang Sally"
ReleasedFebruary 21, 1966
Format7" single
RecordedFebruary 1, 1966
GenreRhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark
Arthur Resnick
Producer(s)Arif Mardin, Tom Dowd
The Young Rascals singles chronology
"I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"
"Good Lovin'"
"You Better Run"

Original versionEdit

The song was first recorded by Lemme B. Good (actually Canton, Ohio, R&B singer Limmie Snell) in March 1965 and written by Rudy Clark. The following month it was recorded with different lyrics by R&B artists The Olympics, produced by Jerry Ragavoy; this version reached #81 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

The Young Rascals' versionEdit

The tale has been told that Rascal Felix Cavaliere heard The Olympics' recording on a New York City radio station and the group added it to their concert repertoire, using the same lyrics and virtually the same arrangement as The Olympics' version. Co-producer Tom Dowd captured this live feel on their 1966 recording, even though the group did not think the performance held together well. "Good Lovin'" rose to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the spring of 1966 and represented the Young Rascals' first real hit.

The Rascals performing "Good Lovin'" during their 2013 Once Upon a Dream show, the video screen projecting familiar lines from the song's build-up and chorus.

"Good Lovin'" is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was ranked #333 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.[1] Writer Dave Marsh placed it at #108 in his 1989 book The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, saying it is "the greatest example ever of a remake surpassing the quality of an original without changing a thing about the arrangement," and that "'Good Lovin' all by itself is enough to dispel the idiotic notion that rock and roll is nothing more than white boys stealing from blacks."

Other versionsEdit

The song has been performed and recorded by a number of artists.

British group Brian Poole and the Tremeloes released their version in 1965, before the Young Rascals single. In June 1965, The Who recorded a live version for the radio program Top Gear.

Tommy James and the Shondells released a version on their 1966 album Hanky Panky.

Gilberto Cruz Sextet covered the song for their LP "The Groovy Sounds", the first LP recorded by Cotique Records, label based in Salsa music, Soul and Funk founded by George Goldner.[2] Cotique was sold to Fania Records after Goldner's death in 1971.

Mary Wells included her version of the song on her 1966 album The Two Sides of Mary Wells.

The Grateful Dead released "Good Lovin'" as a single in 1978, but it failed to chart.

"Good Lovin'" was the title song of a 2008 album by Australian singer David Campbell.

A popular version was by the Grateful Dead, who made it a workhorse of their concert rotation, appearing almost every year from 1969 on.[3] It was sung in their early years during the 1960s by Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and later by Bob Weir. The Weir rendition was recorded for the group's 1978 Shakedown Street album and came in for a good amount of criticism: Rolling Stone said it "feature[d] aimless ensemble work and vocals that Bob Weir should never have attempted."[4] On November 11, 1978, the Grateful Dead performed it on "Saturday Night Live."

John Paul Young covered the song on his album, The Singer (1981).

In 1985 the Salsa band Miguel y Óscar y la Fantasía was covered the song.[5]

Bobby McFerrin recorded a version for his Simple Pleasures album in 1988.

Pop/rock band Hanson recorded their own version of the song for the soundtrack to the 1998 film Jack Frost.

The song was used in the 1988 movie Salsa, starring Robbi 'Draco' Rosa. The song was sung by Kenny Ortega.

Film and television appearancesEdit

The Rascals' "Good Lovin'" was used in 1983 the film The Big Chill. The false ending was used for dramatic effect, in which the character Chloe says about the character who committed suicide, while the song is playing in the background, "Alex and I made love the night before he died, it was fantastic." Everyone in the car with her is surprised by the comment, which ends at the exact moment of the pause in the song.

It was also used in the 1990 film Joe Versus the Volcano, just as Joe hooks a huge shark.

The song is included in the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men.

It was also featured in the 1986 third-season Taming of the Shrew-themed episode of Moonlighting, entitled "Atomic Shakespeare", with Bruce Willis singing the Cavaliere vocal, as well as the 1987 first-season Wiseguy episode "No One Gets Out of Here Alive".

The song was also used as the theme for the 1989 television series Doctor Doctor.

The song plays during a mind-movie flashback (titled "Viet Cong Lookout") of an experience at a bar during the Vietnam War that the character Johnny Marinville (Tom Skerritt) has in Stephen King’s film Desperation.

This song was featured in the film More American Graffiti.

Kids Incorporated covered "Good Lovin'" in 1985 in the Season 2 episode "The Big Lie".

On the May 21, 2018, episode of reality television singing competition show The Voice, Team Alicia (Keys) member Britton Buchanan performed the song as his cover performance during the finale. His performance charted in the top ten on iTunes and contributed to his second-place finish behind Team Kelly (Clarkson) finalist Brynn Cartelli.

The Young Rascals' version appears in a 2019 TV commercial for Applebee's.


  1. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
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  3. ^ "Good Lovin'" The Grateful Dead Discography.
  4. ^ Gary Von Tersch, "Shakedown Street", Rolling Stone, March 8, 1979.
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