Cover-version by Ukrainian musicians - B&B project (Bandura and Button accordion) In this video you can see a Ukrainian wind instrument - sopilka ( 01:33)
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"Feeling Good" (also known as "Feelin' Good") is a song written by English songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. The song was first performed on stage in 1964 by Cy Grant on the UK tour, and by Gilbert Price in the original Broadway cast in 1965.
Nina Simone recorded the song for her 1965 album I Put a Spell on You and it became a standard. The song has also been covered by many artists, most notably by George Michael, Muse, Michael Bublé and American jazz musician John Coltrane.
Early performances and recordings
Although Bricusse and Newley shared songwriting credits, the words of the song are usually attributed to Bricusse, with the music by Newley.The song was first performed in public by the Guyanese-British singer and actor Cy Grant on the opening night of The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham on 3 August 1964; Elaine Paige played the part of one of the "Urchins" in the chorus. The show, directed by Newley, toured British provincial theatres, and was then taken to the US by theatre producer David Merrick. It opened on 16 May 1965 at the Shubert Theatre in New York City, where the role of "the Negro", who sings "Feeling Good", was taken by Gilbert Price.
In the show, Price's character is asked to perform a game against the show's hero "Cocky"; but, as "Cocky" and his master "Sir" argue over the rules, "the Negro" reaches the centre of the stage and "wins", singing the song at his moment of triumph. It was described as a "booming song of emancipation," and a Billboard review said it was "the kind of robust number that should have strong appeal."The original cast recording of the show, featuring Price's version of the song, was released by RCA Victor in early 1965, before the show reached New York.
A version by Cy Grant with pianist Bill Le Sage – much jazzier than the original stage version – appeared on their 1965 album Cy&I.Anthony Newley's own recording appeared on his 1965 album "Who Can I Turn To" and other songs from 'The Roar of the Greasepaint'. One of the earliest recorded versions was a jazz treatment by saxophonist John Coltrane, which appeared on his album The John Coltrane Quartet Plays.... Recorded on 18 February 1965, it also features Art Davis, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner. Versions were also released in 1965 by Nina Simone, Jean DuShon, Julie London, Chris Connor, Billy Eckstine, and Sammy Davis Jr
Nina Simone's recording was used in the film Point of No Return, in which the protagonist uses the code name "Nina" and claims to be a longtime fan of Simone's music. It was also used in 2004 in the promotional video for the 4th season of the TV series Six Feet Under; in 2005 in the 2nd volume soundtrack of the TV series Six Feet Under; and in 2006 in the Italian film Nuovomondo (Golden Door), and in Last Holiday. In 2009 it appeared in the video game The Saboteur (set during World War II, long before the song was written). Other uses include the film Repo Men; the Chuck season 3 episode "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners; the 2011 French comedy film Intouchables; and in 2013 in the Person of Interest season 3 episode "Liberty". In April 2011, the American TV network PBS used the song to promote the airing of the TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs". This version was used in the second trailer for the 2015 spy comedy film The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Also in 2015, the song was used to promote the second season of Writers.
In the second season of the U.S. version of The X Factor, runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar used Nina Simone's version of the song as her audition song.
The song was also used for an episode of the British soap opera Coronation Street in July 2015. The coffin of Deirdre Barlow was carried down the aisle of the church to the instrumental of this recording. In 2015, for Scandal's season 5 episode, You Got Served, the song was used in the final scene.
Muse crafted a modern rock version of the 1964 song which appears on their 2001 album named Origin of Symmetry. It was released as a single also featuring the song "Hyper Music".
"Feeling Good" was later covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, and released as the lead single from his second major-label studio album, It's Time. The single was released on 4 April 2005. Feeling Good was also used as the opening track for Bublé's live album Caught in the Act, which was recorded live during his performance at the Wiltern Theater. The music video for the track was directed by Noble Jones.