Georgy Girl (song)

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"Georgy Girl"
Single by The Seekers
B-side "The Last Thing on My Mind"
Released 1966
Format 7" 45rpm
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 2:21
Label EMI Columbia DB 8134
Writer(s) Tom Springfield (music)
Jim Dale (lyrics)
The Seekers singles chronology
"Morningtown Ride" "Georgy Girl" "When Will the Good Apples Fall"

"Georgy Girl", written by Tom Springfield (music) and Jim Dale (lyrics), is the title song performed by The Seekers for the film of the same name. Across late 1966 and early 1967, the song became a #1 Australian hit and a #3 British hit. In the United States, it proved to be the Seekers' highest charting single in the USA, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and prompting the Seekers' British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release. It was listed at 36 on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Pop Songs of all time" in 2002.

The song is heard at both the beginning and end of the film, with markedly different lyrics (and with different lyrics again to those in the commercially released version). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

An instrumental cover by the Baja Marimba Band reached US #98 pop, #14 easy listening in 1967.

The New Seekers released a version on the album We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1972).

In 1970, the film was adapted for a short-lived Broadway musical Georgy.

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The tune was adapted as a commercial jingle for NYC metropolitan area White Rock Beverages in 1966, and for Barbie dolls in the early 1980s.

In The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen", Homer twice sings the song with the lyrics "Hey there, blimpy boy! Flying through the sky so fancy free!".[1] "Georgy Girl" is also parodied in the 13th-season episode "Half-Decent Proposal", when Artie Ziff creates a device to convert modem noises into easy-listening music.

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