Some Kind Of Wonderful - Two Different Songs With The Same Title

In the 1960s, two completely different songs were released having the same title, "Some Kind Of Wonderful." The first song by that name was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. King/Goffin's song was made famous in 1961 by the Drifters whose version peaked at #32. A number of versions followed thereafter over the next several years, none of which made the Billboard Top 40. The second song by the same name was written by John Ellison, lead singer of the Soul Brothers Six (a.k.a. John Ellison and the Soul Brothers Six). The Soul Brothers Six released their song in 1967, and although theirs was the original version, it peaked at only #91. The Soul Brothers Six's version was followed in 1968 by that of the Fantastic Johnny C which peaked at #87. Ellison's song was later made famous by Grand Funk Railroad in their late 1974 remake which reached #3. (When you first heard Grand Funk Railroads's version on the radio, you probably thought it sounded vaguely familiar. Now you know why.)

Different versions of "Some Kind Of Wonderful" are listed below in chronological order.

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Performing Artist King
Ellison? Year
CD Albums That Include This Song
The Drifters yes N/A 1961
All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
More Dirty Dancing (1987 Film Additional Soundtrack)
Save The Last Dance For Me
Save The Last Dance For Me/The Good Life With The Drifters
The Very Best of the Drifters
Little Eva yes N/A 1962 Little Eva
Idalia Boyd yes N/A 1963 On Broadway: Hit Songs & Rarities From The Brill Building Era
Freddie Ryder
(a.k.a. Freddie Self)
yes N/A 1965 None known to date.
Soul Brothers Six N/A yes 1967
Another Day In Paradise
At The Club [IMPORT]
Beg, Scream & Shout!: The Big Ol' Box Of '60s Soul [Box]
Great R&B Male Group Hits Of The 60's
In Yo' Face: The Roots Of Funk Vol. 1/2
Soul Patrol 4
Sweet Soul Music (Sire)
The Fantastic Johnny C N/A yes 1968
Boogaloo Down Broadway
Marvin Gaye yes N/A 1968 Moods Of Marvin Gaye/In The Mood (Remastered)
Carole King yes N/A 1971 Music
Grand Funk Railroad N/A yes 1974
Bosnia [LIVE]
Capitol Collectors Series: Grand Funk Railroad
Caught In The Act [LIVE]
Thirty Years of Funk: 1969-1999 [BOX SET]
Tyrone Barkley N/A (?) yes (?) 1979 None known to date.
Huey Lewis And The News N/A yes 1994 Four Chords And Several Years Ago