♫ I’m Into Something Good ♫

For a time in 1965, Herman’s Hermits kicked The Beatles off the charts. And as the Fab Four transitioned into a more serious, studio-only band, there was still an appetite for bright pop songs with a definite British edge, which is where Peter Noone and his band came in.

For some reason, Herman’s Hermits popped into my head earlier today with Listen People, and I could not shake them out at all!  My ears must be clogged!  At any rate, I was going to play Listen People, for I like it, but I could find almost no trivia on it, so I decided instead to go with this one, I’m Into Something Good, which I also like and for which I found some interesting songfacts!

I had no idea that this was written by the songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King who wrote for so many artists including the Monkees, Aretha Franklin, the Drifters and many more! Goffin & King are … the gold standard by most any measure!

This was originally recorded by Earl-Jean (real name Ethel McCrea), who had been the lead singer the R&B vocal group The Cookies. Her version, titled I’m Into Somethin’ Good, peaked at #38 in the US in August 1964.

The song became a British Invasion hit when producer Mickie Most heard Carole King’s demo and decided to cover it with a new British group, Herman’s Hermits. The band was fronted by 16-year-old John F. Kennedy lookalike Peter Noone, who had already appeared in the British TV soap Coronation Street. Released as the group’s first single, it went to #13 in the U.S. in December 1964, but proved wildly popular on their home turf, reaching #1 in the UK in September.

According to Peter Noone …

“On the record you can hear the enthusiasm of this band who believe that they were going to be heard on the radio. When the record was on the radio, we thought we’d made it.”

Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, both future members of Led Zeppelin, played on some Herman’s Hermits songs, but not this one.  This was Herman’s Hermits’ only song to reach #1 in the UK, where it remains their best-known song. After it hit, the band went on tour in the U.S. with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars and made inroads in that country, where they were welcomed as part of the British Invasion. In 1965, they had two U.S. #1 hits: Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter and I’m Henry The VIII, I Am.

I’m Into Something Good
Herman’s Hermits

Woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine
There’s somethin’ special on my mind
Last night I met a new girl in the neighbourhood, whoa yeah
Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good (Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)

She’s the kind of girl who’s not too shy
And I can tell I’m her kind of guy
She danced close to me like I hoped she would (she danced with me like I hoped she would)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good (Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)

We only danced for a minute or two
But then she stuck close to me the whole night through
Can I be fallin’ in love
She’s everthing I’ve been dreamin’ of
She’s everthing I’ve been dreamin’ of

I walked her home and she held my hand
I knew it couldn’t be just a one-night stand
So I asked to see her next week and she told me I could
(I asked to see her and she told me I could)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good (somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)
(Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’, ahhh)

I walked her home and she held my hand
I knew it couldn’t be just a one-night stand
So I asked to see her next week and she told me I could
(I asked to see her and she told me I could)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good (somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into something good (somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)
To something good, oh yeah, something good (somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’)
To something good, something good, something good

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Carole King / Gerry Goffin
I’m Into Something Good lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

18 thoughts on “♫ I’m Into Something Good ♫

  1. As always, Jill, your music posts lead to more. Tonight they led me to https://bassperformancehall.wordpress.com/2020/02/28/11-songs-you-didnt-know-were-written-by-carole-king/ and a cute story about Eric Burdon, you know who’s favourite singer/performer.
    It seems Carole King and Eric were sitting together in a doctor’s office somewhere in California. Eric had no idea who Carole was, but she knew who he was. She approached him, and told him she hated what he had done to her song. Bewildered, he just sat there. Was he having visions of Deja Vu? After a few minutes, Carole added, “But I got used to it.” The writer does not say if they had a drink and a laugh over it, but one hope’s they did.
    For the Deja Vu story, read my reply on the above blogsite. Poor Eric. Can’t seem to please lady songwriters…

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  3. Great song. Any song that comes out of the King/ Goffin minds has a tailwind. This is one of HH’s best songs. I had no idea Page/ Jones played on some of their songs. I knew Page was in The Yardbirds after Clapton left, but did not know this step in history. Keith

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    • Makes sense, Jimmy Page was THE consummate sessions player with the magic touch. Beginning at the tender age of 15 he played with numerous bands and famous artists while earning his chops. Prior to the Yardbirds and Zeppelin, he’d already made an immeasurable impact on the sound of popular music by way of the hundreds and perhaps even thousands of recording sessions he sat in on as an anonymous face in the many studios that dotted London at the time.
      “Whether it was jamming on a rock track with the Kinks, the Rolling Stones or the Who, playing the blues with Otis Spann, or providing the backbone to pop hits by Marianne Faithfull and Shirley Bassey, Page was a true Renaissance man who had little trouble handling any style that came his way. And while the full scale of Page’s session discography may never really be known, there are more than enough compelling examples to prove the significance of the future icon’s early work. Here are 20 tracks that every Page enthusiast needs to know.”
      Jet Harris, “Diamonds” (1963)
      Shirley Bassey, “Goldfinger” (1964)
      Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (1964)
      Otis Spann, “Stirs Me Up” (1964)
      Dave Berry, “The Crying Game” (1964)
      The Rolling Stones, “Heart of Stone” (1964)
      Petula Clark, “Downtown” (1964)
      https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/jimmy-page-before-led-zeppelin-20-great-sixties-session-songs-151465/petula-clark-downtown-1964-171677/
      Jimmy Page is truly a legend and godsent.

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    • I do agree about the King/Goffin writing team … anything with their name on it is bound to play well. I didn’t know that about Page & Jones, either … we both learned some new things with this one!

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  4. Oh wow, Carol King co-wrote this, cool! This song sounds so familiar i’m sure the beach boys covered it, Hermits have that California vibe to them. I’ll check out their other 2 #1s. Thanks always for the great share! ❤

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    • Check also on “Leaning on a Lamppost, original “recording” by George Formby in the 1930s. I don’t know how The Hermits did chartwise with the song, but along with the above song they were my favourites from Peter Noone’s storied past.
      I would have loved to hear”Listen People,” Jill. I think it was the Hermits’ first attempt at being relevent, kinda like the Temptations demanded doing “Ball of Confusion” in 1970, if I remember right. Berry Gordy swore up and down he would never release it. The rest is Motown history.

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      • Thx RG, I really liked the original version by Mr Formby, so entertaining and fun. Mr Noone’s interpretation sounded a bit trite, but still a fun song.
        Yes please Jill, play “Listen People” whenever ur in the mood. I would say this song certainly put HH on the map. What’s not to like… timeless message of love, with lyrics like:
        And don’t you know that
        Everybody’s got to lose somebody sometime
        But everybody can part
        Everybody’s got to lose somebody sometime
        So take care that you don’t lose your heart

        This one’s a winner ❤

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