Song: “Good Lovin’” by the Young Rascals
Reached #1: April 30, 1966 (their first, 1 week)
“Good Lovin’” wasn’t written for the Young Rascals. It was written for an Ohio-based singer with the unlikely stage name of Lemmie B. Good. From there, it was recorded by a band called the Olympics. Then, the story gets murky.
The most likely story seems to be that lead Rascal Felix Cavaliere heard the Olympics’ version on the radio, and convinced the group to add it to their concert lineup. Then, they decided to record it as a single, trying to keep the feeling of a live performance.
Clearly, it worked. “Good Lovin’” put the Young Rascals on the map… but it was likely they were going to do well anyway. They started as the backing band for comedian Soupy Sales, and had already made some TV appearances before “Good Lovin’”.
As with a lot of ‘60s bands, the success didn’t last for long. By 1970, the original lineup had started to crack, and the band broke up in 1971.
They even went through the “splintered touring groups” period, with Cavaliere touring as “Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals” while a “New Rascals” also toured.
This one did have a more pleasant ending – the band did agree to play together at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2006, and jammed with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt as recently as 2010 (at a charity show).
Tomorrow, a Florida duo who had one big pop hit – then turned to country and never looked back.
Other songs that reached #1 on April 30:
1955 – “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” by Perez Prado and his Orchestra (their first, 13 weeks, Best Sellers chart)
1977 – “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell (their second, 1 week)
1983 – “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (his fifth, 3 weeks)
2011 – “S&M” by Rihanna feat. Britney Spears (Rihanna’s eighth, 1 week)