The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. (song)
|"The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"|
|Single by Donna Fargo|
|from the album The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.|
|Donna Fargo singles chronology|
"The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" is a country and pop music song written and recorded by Donna Fargo. It is written in the voice of a newlywed girl, sung to her new husband. It has since become her signature song.
The song, Fargo's debut single, became a number-one country hit in the spring of 1972, and subsequently became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart, peaking at #11, and Billboard Easy Listening Singles chart, where it reached #7. Billboard ranked it as the No. 55 song for 1972. The record earned Fargo a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards on March 3, 1973.
Fargo told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits that she wrote the song with a different title originally. "It really started out to be 'Happiest Girl in the World,' but the rhyme scheme got to be too unnatural, so I changed it to 'U.S.A.' It kind of wrote itself after that."
A rumor later circulated that the line "skip-a-dee-doo-dah" was originally written as "zip-a-dee-doo-dah," and that the Walt Disney Company subsequently sued Fargo as soon as they became aware of the song and its line, demanding that the original line be changed. Fargo has since put the rumor to rest, stating that "skip-a-dee-doo-dah" was indeed the original line and that no such lawsuit ever took place.
The song was covered by Tammy Wynette on her 1972 album My Man (Understands).
Tanya Tucker also recorded the song in 1972 for her first album Delta Dawn. Her producer Billy Sherrill had planned for it to be her first single. Tucker convinced him to let her record and release "Delta Dawn" instead.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening Singles||7|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||16|
- Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
- Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 68.
- "Lana Del Rey - Happiest Girl In the Whole USA" on YouTube. Retrieved August 8, 2012
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 119.
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