“Wonderful World” Performed by Herman’s Hermits (1965) & Sam Cooke (1960)

March 19, 2012

#4 Pop

Formed in Manchester,  England in 1964, Herman’s Hermits started out as a cover band before their first big  single, “Something Good,” charted #1 in the UK and #13 in the US.  Many more chart hits were to come until 1968.

The group disbanded in 1970.

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#2 R&B, #12 Pop

Generally Sam Cooke wrote his own music, but “Wonderful World” was composed by Lou Adler, Herb Alpert  (this duo was AKA Barbara Campbell)  and  Sam Cooke, and recorded in 1959 while at Keen Records. This 1960 single release was million seller for Cooke!

Herman’ Hermits were just one of many artists to cover the song. They did a great job but didn’t top Cooke’s original on the charts. But did they top the original in presentation? What do you think? Vote below.

Musically Yours,

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