In the comments to my item on instrumentals the other day, Rob lamented the fact that Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" never made it to Number One (it peaked at Number Four in June 1978). Well, there's more bad news for flugelhorn fans: Chuck was scheduled to appear with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this evening (Friday night), and two of the members of his band, guitarist Coleman Mellett and saxophonist Gerry Niewood, were on the plane that crashed in Buffalo the other night. Chuck's from Rochester, so it would have been a sort of homecoming. The performance, of course, has been canceled.
Neither of those gentleman played on "Feels So Good"; I'm not sure who's left from that band, which I studied many times on the album sleeve while listening to the record back in 1978. (The guitarist from that band, Grant Geissman, went on to not only play the theme song to the TV show Monk [unheard by me] but to write a book called Collectibly Mad, about Mad magazine.) The sleeve also contained lyrics to "Feels So Good," which I have never heard anyone sing. They are as follows:
There's no place for me to hide
The thoughts of all the times I've cried
And felt this pain that I have known
Because I needed just to hear that special something
And then one day
You just appeared
You said, "Hello, let's make love along the way"
Your name is music to my heart
I'll always really love you
Feels so good when I'm with you
I can't believe you love me too
With you it feels like it should feel
Feels so good let's make a deal
I'll trade my baseball cards for you
Now I believe that dreams come true
With you my smile sticks all the time
With you the sun will always shine
This is one of two Adult Contemporary smashes of the mid-1970s to mention (however obliquely) baseball cards, the other being Chicago's "Old Days." You cannot overestimate how significant this was to me back in 1978.