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Good Lovin' by The Young Rascals

The song “Good Lovin'” was written by Rudy Clark (“God My Mind Set on You,” “It’s In His Kiss) and Arthur “Artie” Resnick (“Under the Boardwalk,” “Yummy Yummy Yummy) .  R&B singer Limmie Snell as “Lemme B. Good” recorded it in 1965. The Olympics (“Hully Gully,” “Western Movies”) then redid the song, especially the lyrics, and released it in 1965. It went to #81 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. Felix Cavaliere, of the The Young Rascals, heard it on the radio and added it to their concert repertoire. “Good Lovin'” was on their 1966 debut album The Young Rascals and also released as a single with “Mustang Sally” on the B-Side. In 1966, their version went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Charts. It was #1  in Canada also. It went to #43 in Australia. “Good Lovin'” by The Young Rascals is on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.” It also made the list of Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It is categorized as blue-eyed soul, R&B, and just good Sixties rock and roll.

The Young Rascals formed in Garfield New Jersey in 1965.  They were Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard, vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar), and Dino Danelli (drums). Eddie and his brother David had been with Joey Dee and the Starliters, as had Cavaliere and Cornish. The group had plenty of commercial success, including the songs “A Beautiful Morning, “Groovin’,” “A Girl Like You,” and “People Got to be Free.” They had seven U.S. Top 30 hits before they became The Rascals in 1968. They then had five more Top 30 hits before they disbanded in 1972.

Here are the lyrics to “Good Lovin'” by The Young Rascals:

“Good Lovin’
(Good lovin’ . . .)
(Good lovin’ . . .)

I was feelin’ . . . so bad,
I asked my family doctor just what I had,
I said, “Doctor, . . .
(Doctor . . .)
Mr. M.D., . . .
(Doctor . . .)
Now can you tell me
What’s ailin’ me?”
(Doctor . . .)

He said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yes, indeed, all  I really need . . .
(Is good lovin’)
Gimme that good, good lovin . . .
(Good lovin’)
All I need is lovin’ . . .
(Good lovin’)
Good lovin’, baby.

Honey please, squeeze me tight . . . (Squeeze me tight)
Now don’t you want your baby to feel alright? (Feel alright)
I said Baby . . . (Baby) . . . now it’s for sure . . . (it’s for sure)
I got the fever, yeah, but you’ve got the cure (You’ve got the cure)

Everybody, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yes, indeed, all I really need . . .
(Is good lovin’)
Gimme that good, good lovin . . .
(Good lovin’)
All I need is lovin’ . . .
(Good lovin’)
Good lovin’, baby…”

For another song by The Young Rascals: “How Can I Be Sure.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ commercial free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Good Lovin'” by The Young Rascals.

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