Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do

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"Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do"
Single by Betty Wright
from the album My First Time Around
B-side "Sweet Lovin' Daddy"
Released 1968
Format 7" single
Length 2:07
Label Alston Records
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Betty Wright singles chronology
"Paralyzed"
(1966)
"Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do"
(1968)
"Pure Love"
(1970)

"Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" is a single by American recording artist Betty Wright from her debut studio album My First Time Around (1968). It was written by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid, and released in 1968 by Alston Records. It reached number thirty-three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number fifteen on the US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles. It has been covered and sampled by several artists.

Background[edit]

"Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" is a song written by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid. It was arranged by Ray Love and produced by Brad Shapiro and Steve Alaimo for Wright's recording, which was released as a 7" single in 1968 by Alston Records—it was Wright's first release under that label.[1] The B-side for the single was "Sweet Lovin' Daddy".[2]

Reception[edit]

"Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" peaked at number thirty-three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at number fifteen on the US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles.[3][4] The song's theme was unpopular with the feminist movement, according to Andrew Hamilton from AllMusic.[1]

Other versions[edit]

Dusty Springfield recorded a cover version "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" for her 1972 studio album See All Her Faces.[5] Yellowman covered it for King Yellowman (1984).[6] "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" is sampled in "Upgrade U" by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, from Beyoncé's album B'Day (2006)[7] and in "No Homo Outro", a track from Turtleneck & Chain (2011) by The Lonely Island.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hamilton, Andrew. "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do – Betty Wright". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  2. ^ Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do (7" vinyl). Betty Wright. New York City: Atco Records. 1968. 45-4569. 
  3. ^ "Betty Wright – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Betty Wright – Awards". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  5. ^ "See All Her Faces – Dusty Springfield". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ "King Yellowman – Yellowman". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  7. ^ Beyoncé (2007). B'Day deluxe edition (CD liner) (album). Sony Music BMG Entertainment. 
  8. ^ The Lonely Island (2011). Turtleneck & Chain deluxe edition (CD liner) (Media notes). Universal Republic Records. 

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