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Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Feels So Good – Put To USA Dorothy Hamill Ice Staking Exhibition

Chuck Mangione is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter and composer….who was a member of Art Blakey’s band….and co-led the Jazz Brothers with his brother, Gap. He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single “Feels So Good”…..as heard in this video of figure skating’s Olympic gold medalist USA Dorothy Hamel’s 1979 exhibition seen herewith….as Mangione has released more than 30 albums since 1960.  

Feels So Good is a 1977 jazz album released by Chuck Mangione….which contains his hit single, the title song “Feels So Good”….which in an edited form reached # 4 on the U.S. charts…..as the song also reached the top of the Billboard adult contemporary chart.  It was also frequently referenced on the animated TV comedy King of the Hill….on which Mangione had a recurring voice role as himself.  The album Feels So Good peaked at # 2 on the Billboard albums chart in 1978….which was behind the  Saturday Night Fever soundtrack….as it held the # 1 spot for six months….while it stymied many challengers.

Dorothy Hamill is a retired American figure skater….who is the 1976 Olympic champion….and 1976 World champion in ladies’ singles.  At the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria….Hamill came in second in the figures….and then won the short and long programs….while taking the gold medal….as she was the last single skater to win the Olympics without a triple jump…..who also won the 1976 World Championships….and then turned professional.

Dorothy Hamill is credited with developing a new skating move….which was a camel spin that turns into a sit spin….which became known as the “Hamill camel” …..as her bobbed hairstyle that she wore during her Olympic performance was created by stylist Yusuke Suga….and started a fad that was known as the “short and sassy” look…..and her eye glasses with oversized frames also started a trend in the 1970’s…..as the media dubbed her “America’s sweetheart.”

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