Feelings (Morris Albert song)

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"Feelings"
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Single by Morris Albert
from the album Feelings
B-side "Christine" (original version)
"Come To My Life" (Decca version)
"This World Today Is a Mess" (RCA Victor version)
Released 1974
Format 7" single
Genre Soft rock[1][2]
Length 3:46
Label Copacabana  BRA
Decca Records  GBR
RCA Victor  USA,  CAN
Ricordi International  ITA
Songwriter(s) Louis Gasté
Morris Albert
Producer(s) Morris Albert

"Feelings" is a song with lyrics written by Brazilian singer Morris Albert, set to the tune of "Pour Toi" separately composed by Louis “Loulou” Gasté in 1957. Albert recorded "Feelings" as a single and later included it as the title track of his 1975 debut album. The song's lyrics, recognizable by their "whoa whoa whoa" chorus, concern the singer's inability to "forget my feelings of love". Albert's original recording of the song was very successful, performing well internationally. In mid-1975, "Feelings" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Over the next few years "Feelings" was performed by many other vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Nina Simone, Salena Jones, Angelica Maria, Petula Clark, José José, Caetano Veloso, Engelbert Humperdinck, Muslim Magomayev, Glen Campbell, The O'Jays, Sarah Vaughan, Walter Jackson, Sergey Penkin, Julio Iglesias, Dobie Gray and Johnny Mathis. It was also recorded by numerous easy listening bandleaders and ensembles such as Santo & Johnny, Percy Faith, Ferrante & Teicher, Franck Pourcel, 101 Strings and Herb Ohta whose ukulele rendition was recorded with André Popp's orchestra for A&M Records.

During a lecture at Chautauqua Institution, Julie Andrews stated that she considered this song too difficult to sing because it had no meaning behind it.[4]

Dispute over authorship[edit]

At the time of "Feelings"'s greatest commercial success, it was solely credited to Albert himself. In 1981, the French songwriter Loulou Gasté sued Morris Albert for copyright infringement, claiming that "Feelings" plagiarized the melody of his 1957 song "Pour Toi". Gasté won the lawsuit; they now share the credits of the song.[5]

Recordings of the song have credited authorship variously to Albert alone, to Albert and Gasté (since the late 1980s), to Albert and Michel Jourdan (because of the French lyrics Dis-Lui), and to Albert and "Kaisermann". The last of these attributions is redundant, since the singer's real name is Mauricio Alberto Kaisermann.[6]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • "Feelings" was sung by Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) in the "Bionic Beauty" episode of The Bionic Woman (Season 1, 1976).
  • An episode of The Gong Show that aired in November 1976 featured seven contestants, each of whom sang "Feelings". At the end of the episode, after the winner had been announced, everyone on stage sang it an eighth time.
  • On The Carol Burnett Show in February 1977, Eunice (Carol Burnett) sings "Feelings" on The Gong Show and gets "gonged".
  • "Feelings" was included on the soundtrack of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.[12]
  • On The Jeffersons in January 1983, Hugo (Irwin Keyes), serenades "Feelings" to Jenny Willis Jefferson (Berlinda Tolbert) from the street off key.
  • On The Jeffersons in March 1983, Florence (Marla Gibbs), misunderstands when Louise, George, Tom and Helen plan a surprise party for Florence just to let her know how much they appreciate her friendship. However, when Florence walks in on the planning stages Tom makes an excuse and tells her she's invited but only to serve the meal. This prompts Florence to drown her sorrows in a $500 bottle of wine George just bought. Then she sings 'Feelings' while drunk.
  • A short version of the song was sung by actress Nancy McKeon in a 1984 episode of the sitcom The Facts of Life. In the episode, McKeon's character, Jo, and Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae) go to a piano bar where Mrs. Garrett ends up going on a date with the piano man, resulting in Jo taking over for him. She sings a chorus of the song and gets the enthusiastic guests to sing along with her.
  • "Feelings" was sung by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1989 film The Fabulous Baker Boys.
  • In the Family Matters episode "Cousin Urkel" (November 2, 1990), Urkel (Jaleel White) sings the chorus of the song in an attempt to serenade Laura Winslow, and plays the accordion to accompany himself. Urkel's rendition, off-key for comedic effect, is late at night (at Eddie's encouragement) and wakes up the entire neighborhood.
  • One sketch on the Canadian show The Red Green Show is "The Possum Lodge Word Game" (a parody of Password). In one episode, from 1995, Dalton Humphrey (Bob Bainborough) has to guess the word "feelings" to win a prize of an entire case of Quebec Nordiques hockey uniforms. Red (Steve Smith) successfully gets Dalton to say the word when he asks him, "What is the most annoying song ever written?"
  • "Feelings" was included on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Breakfast on Pluto.
  • A version of the song appeared on an episode of The Muppet Show sung by Beaker in his "mee-mee" speaking. The crowd was unruly that night, and they booed Beaker halfway through. Animal, who was on drums for the song, told the crowd to pipe down.
  • The B-side of the original single of "Feelings" was "This World Today is a Mess", written by Donna Hightower and Danny Daniel. Albert's version copies her style and although his version of the song did not meet much commercial interest, Hightower's own recording has sold millions of copies, primarily in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • MC Hammer sings it in a Pepsi commercial after he drinks a glass of cola not knowing it was replaced with Coke.
  • Misty Oldland cited it during a live-performance in Japan as an indication to her own song "Got a Feeling".
  • Willie Colón cited it during a French festival-performance as an example of a non-English-speaking artist singing in English.
  • In the premiere episode of The Jim Henson Hour in the "MuppeTelevision" segment, Kermit and a companion enter into the semi-robotic character, Digit, to repair him and work on an interior function for his feelings. When they do so, Digit starts singing the song.
  • In an episode of SMTV Live, it was implied that one of the presenters at that time, Declan Donnelly (one half of the duo Ant & Dec) looks like Morris Albert, after which he performed the song 'Feelings'.
  • The song is also used in Bally/Midway's pinball machine The Party Zone from 1991, along with Purple Haze from Jimi Hendrix.
  • The song is referenced in a Sunday comic strip in Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, where Calvin prepares to eat a green blob of his mother's cooking, before it comes to life and recites the famous "To be, or not to be" soliloquy from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, after which it pauses briefly and then begins to sing "Feelings". [13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morris Albert: Feelings (SATB) - SATB Sheet Music - Sheet Music & Songbooks". Musicroom. 
  2. ^ "Feelings - Single by Morris Albert". 1 January 1975. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 17. 
  4. ^ Plyler, Robert W. (June 30, 2012). "Practically Perfect in Every Way". The Post Journal. 
  5. ^ Gaste v. Morris Kaiserman 863 F.2d 1061 (2d Cir. 1988) , Music Copyright Infringement Resource, Columbia Law School and USC School of Law
  6. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Feelings [RCA]". All Music. 
  7. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Morris Albert – Feelings". Music Canada. 
  8. ^ "British single certifications – Albert Morris – Feelings". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Feelings in the search field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Morris Albert – Feelings". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ "cinema16: Todd Solondz - Feelings". cinema16. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Fringemunks Web site". Davidwumusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Soundtracks for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)". IMDB. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for Mar 9, 2014". GoComics.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.