“One Fine Day” is a popular song by songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King which was a hit in the summer of 1963 for girl group the Chiffons and has subsequently been covered by numerous artists.
The Chiffons version
Goffin and King were inspired by the title of the aria Un bel di vedremo from the Puccini opera Madama Butterfly. Intended for Little Eva, “One Fine Day” was prepped as a demo by Goffin and King with King providing a guide vocal but – despite a propulsive piano riff courtesy of King – Goffin and King were unable to construct a viable arrangement and eventually gave up, passing the song to the Tokens who had recently produced the #1 hit “He’s So Fine” by the Chiffons for whom it was thought another “fine” song had hit potential. The piano work by King (whose vocal was erased) was retained for the Chiffons’ recording and King attended the session at which the Chiffons recorded their vocals. However the Tokens radically re-worked the Goffin/King demo of “One Fine Day” for the Chiffons’ version; Gerry Goffin commented that the Tokens “really earned their production credit”. The personnel on the original recording included Carl Lynch on guitar, Dick Romoff on bass, Artie Kaplan, Sid Jekowsky, and Joe Grimaldi on sax, and Gary Chester and Buddy Saltzman on drums.