|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album A Kind of Hush|
|B-side||"Boat to Sail"|
|Released||June 11, 1976|
|Writer(s)||Gus Kahn and Wayne King|
|Producer(s)||Richard and Karen Carpenter|
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
Popular cover versions
Les Paul recorded the song in 1950 and his version was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1192. The record first reached the Billboard charts on September 29, 1950, peaking at number 21.
Phil Harris released his version on October 13, 1950. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3968. The other side of the release, The Thing. became the hit but the matrix number of Harris' single shows Goofus as the A-side. Chet Atkins recorded "Goofus" in 1960 for the studio album Chet Atkins' Workshop, RCA Victor catalog LSP-2232.
The Carpenters version
The Carpenters attempted to repopularize the song in 1976, when it was released as a single from their album A Kind of Hush. However, as a sign of the duo's declining popularity at the time, it was the first Carpenters A-side single since "Ticket to Ride" in 1970 to fail to make the top 40 portion of the Billboard Hot 100, or to reach either #1 or #2 on the Easy Listening chart.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||56|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||4|
|Canadian Singles Chart||82|
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