Chart Performance: Pop (#1); 1974
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
For those whose retinas have a burned-in image of David “Bay Watch“ Hasselhoff’s rather bizarre actions in his Hooked On A Feeling video, let’s return the song’s humble beginnings. It first entered the national consciousness in 1969 when B.J. Thomas took it to #5. Lovers who embraced the tune’s romantic sentiments were shocked five years later when a barely recognizable rendition by Swedish band Blue Swede appeared. The Swede’s version borrowed an “oogachacka” arrangement from a 1971 Jonathan King cover. Although it horrified many, that inyour-face (ear?) riff caught on. Whereas King’s record had only reached #23 in England, Blue Suede’s rocketed skyward around the world. It reached #1 in America on April 6th, 1974: the first time a Swedish act had hit the top. Television revived Swede’s Hooked On A Feeling as the soundtrack for the dancing baby animation on Ally McBeal and The Hoff unleashed his version in 1997: ensuring “oogachacka” a place in the pop culture hall of fame.
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- Bengt Palmers
Lyrics Written by:
- Mark James