Good Lovin’ – The Young Rascals | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1966

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The four members of the Young Rascals cut their teeth on early 1960’s rock ‘n’ roll: three playing behind Peppermint Twister Joey Dee in his Starliters and one singing with the I Really Love You doo wopin’ Stereos. Forming their own band in 1964, they recorded a speeded up version of The Olympics’ Good Lovin’. Against the wishes of their record company, who didn’t hear its hit potential, Good Lovin’ was released as their second single. Five weeks after moving onto the pop chart, it occupied the top position. Coincidentally, Lovin’ ousted (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration performed by the Righteous Brothers – the first group to bear the “blue-eyed soul” label also used to characterize the Rascal’s music – from the #1 spot. Despite their very adult sound it would still take seven more hits before The Rascals purged “Young” from their name.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Arif Mardin
  • Tom Dowd

Lyrics Written by:

  • Rudy Clark
  • Arthur Resnick