Song:I'm Into Somethin' Good
Album:Chains: The Dimension Links 1962-1964
Most fans are familiar with Herman's Hermits' 1965 smash hit I'm Into Somethin' Good. But the song was originally recorded and charted for former The Cookies member Earl-Jean "Jeanie" McCrae. Earl-Jean was the younger sister of Darlene McCrae of the Cookies. The Cookies had been around since 1954 and were Ray Charles' backup singers the Raelettes. Darlene reformed The Cookies in 1961 and Earl-Jean was a member of the group at that time. Though The Cookies were mainly used as backup singers for various Brill Building recordings, Carole King and Gerry Goffin signed them to their own label Dimension. Of course The Cookies' biggest hit was Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby) in 1963. Earl-Jean got pregnant while on tour and the father turned out to be Gerry Goffin. Earl-Jean left The Cookies in 1964 and signed a solo contract with Columbia Pictures owned Colpix Records. Goffin and King continued to write and produce Earl-Jean's recordings. I'm Into Somethin' Good reached #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. Obviously when the song became a big hit for Herman's Hermits, this original version was forgotten. Earl-Jean recorded a few more songs with no success. She quit the music business and opened a day care center. You can get all of Earl-Jean's solo recordings on this Cookies comp from RPM Records. Here's a video of I'm Into Something Good by Earl-Jean.