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Forgotten Favorites: Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good”

Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione, with Chris Vadala (L) and Grant Geissman, Performing "Feels So Good" (video still)

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chuck Mangione[/lastfm] was born in Rochester, NY, not so far from my hometown that he couldn’t come to town and play the local high school once a year. So, when he became a pop star for a few minutes in 1978, I was well aware of who he was…and got to hear the full Feels So Good set in a cozy 300-seat auditorium.

“Feels So Good” was as ubiquitous as the flu in 1978 but, thirty years hence, it sounds pretty fresh again, especially this version.

This is a live version from The Midnight Special. I’m pretty sure that’s Chris Vadala on sax and Grant Geissman on guitar, with James Bradley, Jr. on drums. As I recall, he was 19 at the time and, suffice it say, he was a “mutha.”

Don’t forget to check out other ‘Forgotten Favorites’ here…

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