Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time

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"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
Single by Mickey Gilley
from the album Gilley's Smokin'
Released January 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre Country
Length 2:56
Label Playboy
Writer(s) Baker Knight
Producer(s) Eddie Kilroy
Mickey Gilley singles chronology
"Overnight Sensation"
(1975)
"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
(1976)
"Bring It On Home to Me"
(1976)

"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time" is the title of a song written by Baker Knight, and recorded by American country music artist Mickey Gilley. It was released in January 1976 as the first single from the album Gilley's Smokin. The song became Gilley's fifth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The song's one week atop the chart was part of a 12-week stay in the country chart's top 40.[1]

Content[edit]

The song is a lament about loneliness and late-night desperation in finding a desirable significant other in a barroom. It caught the attention of social psychologists who used scientific testing to investigate whether individuals begin to perceive the opposite gender as being more attractive as it gets later into the night. The phenomenon became known as the "closing time effect".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 136. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Together Again"
by Emmylou Harris
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

May 1, 1976
Succeeded by
"My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You"
by Charley Pride
Preceded by
"Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)"
by Eddie Rabbitt
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 15, 1976