BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: April 6, 1974 - “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Mark James, it is the biggest hit for the Swedish pop band fronted by lead singer Björn Skifs. Written by Memphis based songwriter Mark James (“Suspicious Minds”, “Always On My Mind”), the song is originally recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1968, with his version peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 in January of 1969. Blue Swede along with their producer Bengt Palmers will use UK singer/producer Jonathan King’s arrangement recorded two years earlier in 1972 including the infamous “ooga chaka” hook. Released in the US by EMI Records, the single will enter the Hot 100 at #87 on February 16, 1974, reaching the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Hooked On A Feeling” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA shortly after hitting number one. Blue Swede’s version of the song will prove to be an evergreen, later being featured in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Reservoir Dogs”, and on the hit TV series “Ally McBeal” during the 90’s. The band will also manage to escape “one hit wonder” status in the US when they score a second top 10 hit with their cover of The Association’s “Never My Love”, peaking at #7 in October of 1974.

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