Little Anthony & the Imperials

Goin' Out of My Head

Composed by Bob Weinstein / Teddy Randazzo

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"Goin' Out of My Head" is one of the most performed and recorded pop standards to emerge from the 1960s. Written by the team of Terry Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, it is a song of unlimited devotion sung by a person to someone whom he adores, but who doesn't know he exists. This is driving the singer crazy, as he proclaims over and over against soaring music that explodes with passion and torment, building to a repeated climax on the words "night and day, day and night." The song is intense, direct, and simple, but it also has one of the more memorable melodies of its time, and its rapid build from a quiet beginning to a volcanic ending is compelling and unforgettable. It was recorded initially by Little Anthony & the Imperials as their follow-up to another Randazzo/Weinstein song, "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," which had been a Top 20 hit. That song, an attractive but conventional vocal group ballad, offered little advance warning of what was to come. "Goin' Out of My Head" gave tenor "Little" Anthony Gourdine a chance to show off the emotional qualities of his voice, his very lightness of tone adding to the song's import. The initial recording was a Top Ten hit, and the song began to attract cover versions immediately by both jazz and pop figures. In late 1967, the Lettermen released a cover of the song in a medley with "Can't Take My Eyes off You," a recent hit for Frankie Valli. The result was almost as big a hit as the first records of each song, and marked the first appearance of "Goin' Out of My Head" near the top of the easy listening charts. But the song received a final seal of approval in 1969 when Frank Sinatra recorded it for a single that made the pop and easy listening charts. So, "Goin' Out of My Head" had become a hit for the third separate time within five years -- a rare achievement. With that, it was established as the kind of pop classic that is timeless and ubiquitous, and it has never really left the public consciousness since, with hundreds of recordings and millions of plays on radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Best of Little Anthony [EMI] 1966 EMI Music Distribution
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 11 1974
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:25
No Image 1984 Liberty
Good Time Rock 'n' Roll 1986
Various Artists
MCA
Oldies but Goodies, Vol. 2 [Box] 1987
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:25
The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [Rhino] 1989 Rhino 2:50
No Image 1989 Capitol
Great Records of the Decade: 60's Hits Pop, Vol. 1 1990
Various Artists
Curb 2:29
EMI Legends of Rock N' Roll: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time 1991
Various Artists
EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series 2:31
The Beach Music Anthology 1992
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:30
Heartbreakers, Vol. 4: Greatest Love of All 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Super Box of Rock, Vol. 2 [Box Set] 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:32
Super Box of Rock Vol. 2 [Disc 2] 1993
Various Artists
Dominion 2:35
Ebb Tide, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:37
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:26
Soul Love [Stardust] 1994
Various Artists
Beacon Records
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 3: Music For Young Lovers 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:28
Memories: Love Songs from '60s 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:31
Greatest Hits [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1995 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:29
Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko Ko Bop 1995 Rhino
Las Vegas Headliners [CEMA Special Markets] 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:29
Heartbreakers: 18 Classic Tear Jerkers 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Tossin' & Turnin' 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:32
Goin' Out of My Head/Payin' Our Dues 1996 Beat Goes On 2:34
The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials [EMI] 1996 EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series 2:26
Four by Four, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:30
I Love Beach Music, Vol. 1 & 2 1996
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:30
The Love Album: Old School Romance 1996
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:32
Days of Flower Power 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 6: '60s Rock N Roll - Tossin' and Turnin' 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Simply Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:32
Sun Jammin' 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:32
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:32
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 7 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:27
Party Dance Mix [Riviere] 1997
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 1:43
This Is Soul: Romantic Soul 1997
Various Artists
Pegasus 2:35
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1964 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:33
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 6: Vocal Groups 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Super Box of Rock [1998] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 2:31
Soul Classics, Vol. 1 [Amw] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / A M W Music 2:28
No Image 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
25 Greatest Hits 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:28
Smooth Soul Classics, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:32
I'm on the Outside (Looking In)/Goin' Out of My Head 1999 Collectables 2:29
Soundtracks of Love: Tell It Like It Is 1999
Various Artists
Unison 2:29
The Sixties Collection 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:29
Soul Collection: Great 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
The Very Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials 2000 Collectables 2:29
Roots of Rock 'N Roll: Greatest Groups 1962-1965 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
20th Century Rocks: '60s Rock 'n Roll - Tossin' and Turnin' 2001
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Lowrider Oldies, Vols. 1-9: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:27
This Is Soul [Pegasus] 2001
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:35
The Soul Box 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
Jukebox Hits 1964 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:31
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1964 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:32
TV Guide Presents: Five Decades of Great Love Song 2002
Various Artists
Q Records 2:29
Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop: The Soundtrack 2002
Original Soundtrack
Rhino
Greatest Hits [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:29
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 2:29
Absolutely the Best 2003 Fuel 2000 2:28
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Ace 2:27
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:29
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 7-9: Cruisin Chrome Series 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:27
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:30
Only You [K-Tel UK] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Ocean Boulevard 2004
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
Ultimate Broken Hearted Collection 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Ocean Boulevard, Vol. 3: The Capitol-EMI Masters 2005
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:25
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 60's, Vol. 7-8 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:29
Malt Shop Memories, Vol. 5 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 2008
Various Artists
CMC Records 2:32
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems: Heat Wave 2012
Various Artists
Life / Time 2:30
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:30
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:29
It All Started with Doo Wop: Looking for an Echo
Various Artists
2:30
Party Dance Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:43
Romancing the '60s: This Magic Moment
Various Artists
StarVista 2:29
The  Very Best Of Sad Songs
Various Artists
EMI TV 2:26
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Young Love [StarVista]
Various Artists
StarVista 2:28
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