Two For Tuesday: Chuck Mangione

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.

10 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Chuck Mangione

  1. John,

    ‘Feel So Good’ is the only song I know by CM by name. Did you use Chuck in another recent post? Someone did or so it seems and it prompted me to look over his song titles. ‘Bellavia’ I’ve heard before but forgotten about. You know you just don’t hear too many all instrumental arrangements today like we did decades ago. I guess there’s a falling out for this kind of mewsic. I rather like it, not all the time but it has its place in my life. The second one did not ring familiar to my ears, so thanks for the introduction. Have a good day, my friend!


    1. This is the first time I’ve used Chuck in any capacity here, whether for M4, Two for Tuesday, Battle of the Bands or The Friday 5×2 (I wouldn’t use him for Song Lyric Sunday because, hey, no lyrics).

      Lately I’ve been listening to stations on I’m not sure that there’s a way to tell it to mix things up, but it’s good background music, and they have just about everything.


  2. LOL when I hear Chuck Mangione I think of King of the Hill. Mr. Mangione was the spokesperson for the Mega-Lo-Mart. He lives inside the toilet paper display and eats store food. He does play a mean horn though :)


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