Sunday, February 16, 2014

40 Year Itch : Ooga Chaka

On February 16, 1974 Blue Swede's future chart-topping single,  "Hooked On A Feeling", entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time at #87, 18 spots behind another hot new single, Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets". Released in Sweden in May of 1973, Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling" is not an original tune.

It's a cover of a 1969 Top 5 hit by B J "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"  Thomas.

Not  even the goofy chant is original. Jonathan King added a jungle chant first on a version that peaked at #23 on the UK Charts. ( King is credited with discovering Genesis, signing 10cc, producing the Bay City Rollers, and convicted of a committing a number of lewd acts with boys).

These Swedes like to chant. From the Blue Swede album Hooked On a Feeling, this is "Working in a Coalmine"

"Hooked on a Feeling" sales have recently skyrocketed thanks to the trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy".

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