This Little Girl of Mine

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"This Little Girl of Mine"
Single by Ray Charles
B-side "A Fool for You"
Released 1955
Format 7" single
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ray Charles
Ray Charles singles chronology
"I Got a Woman" "This Little Girl of Mine" "Blackjack"
"This Little Girl of Mine"
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album The Everly Brothers
B-side "Should We Tell Him"
Released 1958
Format 7" single
Label Cadence 1342
Writer(s) Ray Charles
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Wake Up Little Susie"
(1957)
"This Little Girl of Mine"
(1958)
"All I Have to Do is Dream"
(1958)

"This Little Girl of Mine" is a rhythm and blues single written and released as a single by Ray Charles in 1955 on the Atlantic label.

"This Little Girl of Mine" played off "This Little Light of Mine",[1] much like the previous "I Got a Woman" and the later "Hallelujah I Love Her So" played off other classic gospel hymns. And much like those songs, replaced sacred lyrics with secular blues lyrics with doo-wop call and response harmonies.

The song was the B-side to Charles' number-one R&B single, "A Fool for You", and was a charted hit on its own, peaking at number nine on the chart.

The tune was re-made to top 40 pop status in 1958 by The Everly Brothers. It should not be confused with the 1981 Gary U.S. Bonds hit "This Little Girl."

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocal and piano by Ray Charles
  • Background vocals by Mary Ann Fisher, David "Fathead" Newman and Donald Wilkerson
  • Instrumentation by the Ray Charles Orchestra
  • Produced by Jerry Wexler


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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 3 - The Tribal Drum: The rise of rhythm and blues. [Part 1]" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.