The Short Music Career of The Chicago Loop


The Chicago Loop was a short-lived pop/rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois. The core members of the group were former folk singers Judy Navy and Bob Slawson, and the group was rounded off by other musicians Carmen Riole, Jack Siomoms, Barry Goldberg and John Savanna. Bob Crewe was the group’s producer, who produced their only hit single “(When She Needs Good Lovin’) She Comes to Me,” which made a crack at the Top 40 in 1966. Following singles became less successful, and the band broke up soon afterwards.


Who was The Chicago Loop?

Originating from Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Loop was a rock group who gained popularity during the mid-60s music scene with their only hit single “(When She Needs Good Lovin’) She Comes to Me.” The short-lived band consisted of guitarists John Savana and Mike Bloomfield, bassist Carmine Riole, keyboardist Barry Goldberg, drummer John Siomoms and vocalists Bob Slawson and Judy Novy. Bloomfield and Goldberg were well-known and well-regarded studio musicians during that time.




“(When She Needs Good Lovin’) She Comes to Me” — The Chicago Loop’s only hit

Getting signed to DynoVoice Records in 1966, The Chicago Loop released their first single  “(When She Needs Good Lovin’) She Comes to Me.” It reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. It was produced by Bob Crewe, who also had worked with other artists such as the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli. After several attempts for another hit with “Richard Cory,” Technicolor Thursday” and “Saved,” they all went for naught and The Chicago Loop disbanded in 1968. They are now mostly considered as a “one-hit wonder” act.

The former members Riole, Slawson and Siomos formed The Mitch Ryder Show which was the rhythm section of the touring group.


The Chicago Loop’s discography (may be impartial)

DynoVoice Records

(Oct 1966)

  • A: (When She Wants Good Lovin’) My Baby Comes To Me
  • B: This Must Be The Place

(Feb 1967)

  • A: Richard Corey
  • B: Cloudy


Mercury Records

(Nov 1967)

  • A: Saved
  • B: Can’t Find The Words

(May 1968)

  • A: Technicolor Thursday
  • B: Beginning At The End