Chuck Mangione had been recording since 1960, but most of us just know his one big single from 1977, “Feels So Good,” the title track from his album of that year. It probably comes as a surprise that he’s recorded 30 albums since 1960 and has won several Grammy awards. Chuck’s primary instrument is the flugelhorn, an instrument similar to a trumpet (which Chuck also plays) but larger and with a lower and more mellow sound.
Chuck won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 1977 for “Bellavia,” the title track from his 1975 album. He recorded it with his quartet and saxophonist Gerry Niewood.
Chuck composed the soundtrack for the 1978 movie The Children of Sanchez starring Anthony Quinn, for which he received his second Grammy, this one for Best Pop Instrumental Peformance in 1979. Here’s the title track.
Chuck had a recurring (his voice did, anyway) in the animated series King of the Hill, playing himself. It’s said that “Feels So Good” was the most-recognized song since “Michelle” by The Beatles. He hasn’t recorded an album since 2001’s Everything For Love. Since then, he’s been inducted into the Rochester (NY) Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Chuck Mangione, your Two for Tuesday, October 23, 2018.