Paul Evans (musician)

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Paul Evans
Born (1938-03-05) March 5, 1938 (age 77)
Queens, New YorkUnited States
Genres Country, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1956–present
Labels Carlton Records

Paul Evans (born March 5, 1938 in Queens, New York)[1] is an American rock and roll singer and songwriter, who was most prominent in the 1950s and 1960s. As a performer, he had hits with the songs "Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat" (his biggest hit, reaching #9 (1959) on the Billboard Hot 100), "Midnight Special" and "Happy-Go-Lucky Me".[1]

Popular culture[edit]

"Happy-Go-Lucky Me" has been featured in the John Waters' film, Pecker,[1] and episode #3.10 of the comedy television program Scrubs. In 2014, the song has been included in advertisements for the video game Clash of Clans.


As a songwriter Evans' songs were performed by numerous performers, including Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean and Pat Boone. His most successful songs were "Roses Are Red (My Love)", which was a number one hit for Bobby Vinton in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; and "When", a chart topper in the UK Singles Chart and #5 in the U.S. for The Kalin Twins.[1]


He also had a hit in the UK and Australia in 1978 with the morbid country song "Hello, This is Joni" (the New Zealand pressing released by Polydor Records) or, on some recordings, it was titled as "Hello, This is Joanie (The Telephone Answering Machine Song)".[1][2] It was written by Paul Evans and F. Tobias and produced by Jimmy 'Wiz' Wisner.

With Larry Kusik,[3] he did the song "Live Young"[4] for the 1963 Warner Brothers spring break movie Palm Springs Weekend.[5]

Evans songs have also been recorded by Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lymon, Fabian, the Coasters, and more recently by Reba McEntire. His work has also been used in films and as the theme music for CBS This Morning.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography by Eugene Chadbourne". Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 189. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Palm Springs Weekend at the American Film Institute Catalog
  4. ^ OCLC 498512437
  5. ^ Soundtrack can be found at: OCLC 17870883ASIN B001T96FW8

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