Hey Girl (Freddie Scott song)

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"Hey Girl" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, first recorded by Freddie Scott in 1963. There have also been many other cover versions of this song.

"Hey Girl"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Greatest Hits Volume III
Released 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1992, in New York
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Billy Joel, Danny Kortchmar
Billy Joel singles chronology
"To Make You Feel My Love"
"Hey Girl"
"All My Life"

Freddie Scott version[edit]

It became a hit for Freddie Scott in 1963, peaking at number ten on both the Billboard Pop Singles and R&B charts.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 10

Donny Osmond version[edit]

In 1972, the song was covered by Donny Osmond. Osmond's version reached number nine on the Hot 100, one higher than Scott's original recording.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 9

Billy Joel version[edit]

Billy Joel recorded the song as part of the new material featured on his 1997 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume III. Jazz musician Everette Harp plays saxophone on the track.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 13

Other versions[edit]

Aside from the above mentioned cover versions, "Hey Girl" has been remade by many artists.

  • In 1966, the Righteous Brothers covered this song on their Soul & Inspiration album from Verve Records.
  • Carole King recorded the song on her 1980 album Pearls, which consists of the materials she wrote with Goffin during the 1960s. King also played the song as a part of medley during her 2000s concert tour entitled The Living Room, which was released as the double live album in 2005.
  • A cover version performed by Ray Charles with Michael McDonald was included on Genius Loves Company, the 2004 Grammy Award-winning posthumous album of Charles.
  • George Benson. Livin' Inside Your Love album, a 1979 Warner Bros. Records Inc. release.
  • Isaac Hayes recorded a version for his 1986 Columbia Records album U-Turn


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 514. 

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