“Good Lovin’” The Young Rascals

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

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 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.

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