Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon

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"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Just for You
B-side "You'll Forget" (US, UK)
"New Orleans" (continental Europe)
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Label Bang Records
Writer(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
Neil Diamond singles chronology
"You Got to Me"
(1967)
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
(1967)
"I Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
(1967)

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" is a song written by Neil Diamond, whose recording of it on Bang Records reached #10 on the U.S. pop singles chart in 1967. The song enjoyed a second life when it appeared on the 1994 Pulp Fiction soundtrack, performed by rock band Urge Overkill. Other versions have been recorded by Cliff Richard (1968), Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (1969), the Biddu Orchestra (1978), and 16 Volt (1998).

Neil Diamond version[edit]

The song first appeared on Diamond's album Just for You. The mono and stereo versions of this song differ slightly. On the mono "Just For You" LP as well as on the 45, the strings do not come in until the second verse. It also has a slightly longer fade. The stereo "Just For You" LP version has a shorter fade and the strings come in on the first chorus.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
  2. "You'll Forget"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles[1] 10
Chart (1971) Peak
position
Dutch Mega Top 100[2] 27

Cliff Richard version[edit]

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
Single by Cliff Richard
A-side "I'll Love You Forever Today"
Released 1968
Format 7" single
Length 3:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard singles chronology
"Congratulations"
(1968)
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
(1968)
"Marianne"
(1968)

Cliff Richard covered the song as the B-side to his 1968 single I'll Love You Forever Today, which featured in the movie Two a Penny.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I'll Love You Forever Today" – 3:06
  2. "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" – 3:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 27[4]

Urge Overkill version[edit]

"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
Single by Urge Overkill
from the album Pulp Fiction
B-side "Bustin' Surfboards"
Released 1994
Format CD single
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:10
Label MCA
Writer(s) Neil Diamond
Urge Overkill singles chronology
"Positive Bleeding"
(1993)
"Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
(1994)
"The Break"
(1995)

The 1992 Urge Overkill EP Stull includes a version of the song that would be featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Re-issued as a single, this version achieved success in several European countries, peaking at #10 in France.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" – 3:10
  2. "Bustin' Surfboards" by The Tornadoes – 2:27
  3. "Bullwinkle Part II" by The Centurions – 2:18

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994/95) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 21
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 22
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[5] 29
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 10
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[5] 19
UK Singles Chart[6] 37
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 59
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[7] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 27, 2009)
  2. ^ "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" (original version), in various singles charts Dutchcharts.nl (Retrieved March 28, 2009)
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/two-a-penny-mw0000847820
  4. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1968-07-06/
  5. ^ a b c d e "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" (by Urge Overkill), in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved March 28, 2009)
  6. ^ "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" (by Urge Overkill), UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved March 28, 2009)
  7. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 28, 2009)