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"I'm into Something Good" is a song composed by Gerry Goffin (lyrics) and Carole King (music) and made famous by Herman's Hermits.[1] The song was originally recorded by Cookies member Earl-Jean on Colpix Records in 1964. It entered the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 charts in the US on July 4, 1964 and spent 8 weeks there, reaching a high of number 42 on August 15, 1964, and number 38 Billboard.

"I'm into Something Good"
I'm into Something Good label.jpg
Single by Herman's Hermits
from the album Herman's Hermits
B-side"Your Hand In Mine"
Released7 August 1964 (UK)
September 1964 (US)
RecordedDe Lane Lea Studios, London, 26 July 1964
GenreBeat, pop
Length2:25
LabelMGM Records K13280 (US)
Columbia DB 7338 (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s)Gerry Goffin
Carole King[1]
Producer(s)Mickie Most[1]
Herman's Hermits singles chronology
"I'm into Something Good"
(1964)
"Show Me Girl"
(1964)

On 26 July 1964, Herman's Hermits recorded the song as their debut single, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 September 1964, and staying there for two weeks.[1][2][3] The song peaked at number 13 in the US later that year and number 7 in Canada. The 'A' section from the song is a twelve-bar blues.[4]

Herman's Hermits' release at the height of the British Invasion came while Brill Building songwriters, Goffin and King in this case, found themselves in danger of obsolescence, as most of the British groups wrote their own material. The song has since been featured in films such as The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. The song was also featured in the Season 5 episode Road to Rupert of Family Guy.

Carole King has said that in writing the song she was inspired by Brian Wilson: "I make no bones about it, that song was influenced by Brian's music".[5]

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Chart historyEdit

Earl-Jean/The Cookies
Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 38
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[7] 42
Herman's Hermits
Chart (1964-65) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 11
Canada RPM Top Singles 7
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 1
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade) 7
Sweden 5
UK [9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 13
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[11] 7

Herman's HermitsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

The song was featured in the 1988 film The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. From its inclusion in the soundtrack, a solo version by Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone climbed the adult contemporary chart that year.

The song was featured in the 1999 film "The Brave Little Toaster To the Rescue", in the opening credits and also when the Master puts the WFC 11-12-55 into Radio and turns him on.

Brian Wilson covered the song, which features Carole King, and it is included in the Best Buy edition of his 2008 album, That Lucky Old Sun.

The Bird and the Bee covered the song and released it as a single in March 2010. Their version was also included on the soundtrack for the film, Valentine's Day and television Love Bites show season 1 episode 6 "TMI."

On television, the sitcom The Partridge Family featured a cover version (lead vocal by David Cassidy) recorded in 1973, that was seen twice during the fourth season. The song (produced by Wes Farrell) was never officially released on either vinyl or CD.

Another version was recorded as part of The Langley Schools Music Project in 1976.

Using the title "Something Good" Marianne Faithfull covered the song on her 2002 album Kissin Time. It featured Billy Corgan as a guest musician.

The song was included in the CD release of the 1982 album by Janis Siegel, "Experiment In White".

Football songEdit

The song, with adapted lyrics, has been adopted as an anthem by fans of both Manchester United F.C. and F.C. United of Manchester.[12][13]

Herman's Hermits performance creditsEdit

Barry Whitwam has stated that the Hermits themselves played on the track, not Jimmy Page, since Mickie Most and former lead singer "Herman" (Peter Noone) had implied otherwise after having lost the rights to the band's name.[14] Whitwam further states, in regard to exaggerations of songs on which they supposedly did not play:

"Everything he says is that it was Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Page probably can't remember any of the songs that he played. If you look at our top ten in America, “I'm Into Something Good”, it was us. All Hermits. There was only a piano added on. That was on a two track machine so we played at the same time. That got to number thirteen. “Can't You Hear My Heartbeat”, there were no other instruments. That got to number two. “Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter” got to number one. “I'm Henry the VIII”. Number one. “A Must to Avoid”. Number eight. “Listen People”. “Leaning on the Lamppost”. That's six in the top ten with Jimmy Page or anybody else not involved! Another seventy of the tracks on the albums is only the Hermits. I think I worked it out, and I think in only thirty percent of all the songs ever recorded the Hermits didn't do the backing, but the Hermits were always on the vocals doing the harmonies. So he's trying to discredit us, saying that we didn't have anything to do with anything."[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 84. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 5th April 2014 | The UK Charts | Top 40". Theofficialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 167–8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Son," Allen F. Moore, p 108
  5. ^ Carole King/Brian Wilson Exclusive Tracks, 22 August 2008
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 15, 1964
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'm into Something Good". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 5th April 2014 | The UK Charts | Top 40". Theofficialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 19, 1964
  12. ^ Manchester United fans AGAIN launch into epic rendition of Herman's Hermits' 'I'm into something good', Daily Mirror, 26 January 2017
  13. ^ YouTube
  14. ^ a b Tweedle, Sam. "Memoirs of a Hermit: Setting the Record Straight with Herman's Hermit's Barry Whitwam". Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. popcultureaddict.com. Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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