Go Away Little Girl

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"Go Away Little Girl"
Single by Steve Lawrence
Released 1962
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Pop
Length 2:12
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin and Carole King
"Go Away Little Girl"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album To You With Love, Donny
B-side The Wild Rover (Time to Ride)
Released 1971
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Pop, Bubblegum, Blue-eyed soul
Length 2:42
Label MGM Records
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin and Carole King

"Go Away Little Girl" is a popular song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was first recorded by Bobby Vee for Liberty Records on March 28, 1962. The lyrics consist of a young man asking an attractive young woman to stay away from him, so that he will not be tempted to betray his steady girlfriend by kissing her. The song is notable for making the American Top 20 three times: for Steve Lawrence in 1962 (US #1), for The Happenings in 1966 (US #12), and for Donny Osmond in 1971 (US #1). It is also the first song, and one of only nine songs, to reach US #1 by two different artists.[1]

Notable releases[edit]

Steve Lawrence version[edit]

In late 1962, Steve Lawrence released the second recording of this song (Bobby Vee recorded it first in March 1962). The single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1963 and remained in the top position for two weeks. This recording also spent six weeks atop the U.S. Easy Listening chart.[2] It also went to #1 on the New Zealand Lever chart and #18 in Canada.

Marc Wynter version[edit]

Mark Wynter's 1962 cover of the song on the Pye Records label also made the UK Singles Chart, reaching number six in Britain.[3][4]

Donny Osmond version[edit]

Donny Osmond's cover version reached number one on the Hot 100 chart in September 1971. It remained in the top position for three weeks. Osmond's version also went to #36 on the Australian Go-Set chart.

Marlena Shaw version[edit]

Marlena Shaw does a version called "Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy" from her 1977 album Sweet Beginnings. This reached number twenty one on the Billboard R & B chart staying in the Top 100 for eleven weeks.[5] In the 1980s it became a popular UK record on the Rare Groove dance scene.

Other notable versions[edit]

"Go Away Little Girl" has also been covered by Del Shannon, Dion DiMucci, Bobby Vinton, Al Jarreau, Claudio Simonetti, Timex Social Club, Samantha Rose, Lawrence Welk, Micky Dolenz and The Happenings, among others.


Donny Osmond version
Chart (1971) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Easy Listening 14
Australia Kent Music Report 52


  1. ^ "Cover Me: Same Songs to Hit No. 1 By Two Different Artists". Billboard. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 141. 
  3. ^ Mark Wynter singles discography on www.45rpm.org.uk, accessed 2009-05-06
  4. ^ Mark Wynter biography on allmusic.com, accessed 2009-05-06
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Billboard, 2005

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Preceded by
"All Alone Am I" by Brenda Lee
Billboard Middle-Road number-one single (Steve Lawrence version)
December 15, 1962 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Right In" by The Rooftop Singers
Preceded by
"Telstar" by The Tornados
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Steve Lawrence version)
January 12, 1963 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Walk Right In" by The Rooftop Singers
Preceded by
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Donny Osmond version)
September 11, 1971 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Maggie May" / "Reason to Believe" by Rod Stewart