“Feeling Good” was written by English composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd”, which was first performed on stage in 1964. In 1965, American singer, songwriter and musician Nina Simone covered the track on her 1965 album “I Put a Spell on You”. Simone’s version was arranged and produced by Hal Mooney.
“Feeling Good” was recorded in New York and is arguably one of Simone’s signature tracks. The jazz song details a beautiful day with the sun shining high, a beautiful breeze and birds flying high, all used to emphasize the sense of happiness and hope in the song.
There was no official music video for the track. However, the song was uploaded to Simone’s official YouTube channel in November 2018. As of late June 2020, the video has 6.6 million views.
Release Date: 1965
Songwriter/s: Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Producer: Hal Mooney
Chart Rankings: When the track was used in a British advert for Volkswagen in 1994, “Feeling Good” charted at #40 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1994.
The lyrics to “Feeling Good” can be accessed here: LINK