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Earl-Jean McCrea is an American pop/R&B singer. She was a member of The Cookies and she had a solo hit with the original version of "I'm Into Somethin' Good".
Her older sister, Darlene McCrea, and the other original Cookies (a group actually first formed in 1954), eventually evolved into Ray Charles' backing group, The Raelettes. In 1961, Earl-Jean McCrea was recruited for a new version of the Cookies. This line-up scored hits with "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)", and "Chains" (later covered by The Beatles).
In 1964, Earl-Jean left the Cookies and signed for Colpix, recording the Goffin and King song "I'm Into Somethin' Good", which reached Number 38 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year in Britain, acover version by Herman's Hermits topped the charts.
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"I'm into Something Good" is a song composed by Gerry Goffinand Carole King and made famous by Herman's Hermits. The song was originally recorded by The Cookies member Earl-JeanMcCrea in 1964 and reached number 38 on the US pop singles chart. Soon thereafter, Herman's Hermits recorded the song as their debut single, reaching number one in the UK Singles Charton 14 September 1964 and staying there for two weeks. The song peaked at number 13 in the US later that year. Arranged by Hermit's guitarist Derek Leckenby, the song featured an uptempo rendition.
Herman's Hermits' release at the height of the British Invasioncame while Brill Building songwriters, Goffin and King in this case, found themselves in danger of obsolescence, as most of the British groups wrote their own material. The song proved there was still a great deal of life in the song machine. The song has since been featured in films such as The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, and was also featured in the Season 5 episode Road to Rupert of Family Guy.
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"Tweedlee Dee" (also "Tweedly Dee" or "Tweedle Dee") is a rhythm and blues novelty song with a Latin-influenced riff written by Winfield Scott forLaVern Baker and recorded by her at Atlantic Records' studio in New York City in 1954. It was her first hit, reaching #4 on Billboard's R&B chart and #14 on its Pop chart. It was also Winfield Scott's first successful song.
The arrangement and vocal style of the song was an attempt to adapt the black vocal style to one that would satisfy the tastes of the white record-buying market, featuring a light tone and a frisky rhythm beat.
Although Baker had closely approached a pop style in this recording, a cover of the song was quickly recorded by Georgia Gibbs on the Mercury Records label. Because a major label like Mercury had a superior distribution system, Atlantic's independent label could not compete. The white cover version used not only the lyrics but closely imitated the style and arrangement of the original and became a Gold Record for Gibbs, thus ruining any chance of Baker's recording becoming a pop hit.
It was common at that time for major record companies to cover R&B hits generally appealing to blacks with their own more polished arrangements aimed at the wider white audience, a practice not forbidden by United States copyright law. According to Atlantic's engineer, Tom Dowd, Mercury hired the same arranger, the same musicians and tried to hire the same engineer.
Baker attempted to get her congressman to introduce legislation to prevent the copying of arrangements but was unsuccessful.
Numerous performances of the song have been released by artists ranging from Elvis Presley (a 1955 live performance first released commercially in the 1980s), Teresa Brewer also in 1955, Ike & Tina Turner, Alma Cogan and Little Jimmy Osmond to Bill Haley & His Comets (recorded in 1979 for Haley's final album, Everyone Can Rock and Roll). Presley also recorded a number of Scott's compositions in the 1960s. The Crests recorded a cover version for their 1960 album The Crests Sing All Biggies.
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Bill G wrote: (Don't know if Bill and Bobby ever recorded it...this is from SHINDIG)
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