The song title was an early use of the slang word "groovy". Wine, who was 17 years old when she wrote the song, said, "Carole came up with 'Groovy kinda… groovy kinda… groovy…' and we're all just saying, 'Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda…' and I don't exactly know who came up with "Love", but it was 'Groovy kind of love'. And we did it. We wrote it in 20 minutes. It was amazing. Just flew out of our mouths, and at the piano, it was a real quick and easy song to write."
The Mindbenders version
|"A Groovy Kind of Love"|
|Single by The Mindbenders|
|from the album The Mindbenders|
|B-side||"Love Is Good"|
|The Mindbenders singles chronology|
Jack McGraw, who ran the Screen Gems offices in London, thought the Wine and Bayer Sager song was a perfect match for the new group The Mindbenders (previously the backing group for Wayne Fontana, who had recently left the band) and especially their guitarist, who now became their new lead vocalist, Eric Stewart. The band recorded their version of "A Groovy Kind of Love" in 1965. They liked the result so much that they included the song on their first album without Fontana, The Mindbenders (US title A Groovy Kind of Love) and released the song to radio as their debut single. It reached number two in the UK the week of January 19–26, 1966, and it also reached number two in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in late May and early June 1966. "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge kept the song from number one. The song features a female backing chorus, and they sing the words "You and me" and the repeated title towards the end of each verse of the song. Eric Stewart went on to co-found the British art pop band, 10cc.
Phil Collins version
|"A Groovy Kind of Love"|
|Single by Phil Collins|
|from the album Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Released||22 August 1988|
|Phil Collins singles chronology|
Phil Collins recorded a new version of "A Groovy Kind of Love" in 1988. He had originally suggested the song as a good one for collaborator Stephen Bishop to record, with Collins producing. Collins originally recorded his demo version as a suggestion for the film Buster (1988), then found out later that the demo was actually used in the film. He later decided to record it himself when he took the starring role in the film, which was set in the 1960s. The song was originally released on Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A live version appeared on his Serious Hits... Live! album.
Unlike the Mindbenders' version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins' version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, and remains Collins' only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last No. 1 single in the UK. The single was certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. It also reached No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1989.
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|Austrian Singles Chart||6|
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||7|
|French Singles Chart||15|
|German Singles Chart||3|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Italian Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||3|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||2|
|South Africa (Springbok)||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||5|
|Swiss Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
|Zimbabwe Singles Chart||2|
Other cover versions include the following:
- 1966 cover by Mrs. Miller on the album Will Success Spoil Mrs. Miller?!
- 1966 cover by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles from the album Over the Rainbow
- 1967 cover by Sonny and Cher from the album In Case You're in Love
- 1967 cover by David Garrick on the album "A Boy Called David" (Pye Records)
- 1967 cover by Gene Pitney
- 1967 cover by Hortense Ellis
- 1977 cover by Les Gray formerly of Mud which made number 32 in the UK
- 1993 cover by Neil Diamond from his album Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building
- 2000 instrumental cover by Hank Marvin on his album Marvin at the Movies
- 2001 cover by Dan Finnerty on The Wedding Planner soundtrack
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