A Fellow Needs a Girl

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"A Fellow Needs a Girl"
Song from Allegro
Published 1947
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer Richard Rodgers

"A Fellow Needs a Girl" is a show tune written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1947 musical Allegro. It has since become a standard, with recordings by many vocalists including Perry Como, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Bryn Terfel.

Como's recordings were made in 1947 and 1961. The 1947 recording, made on July 28, with Russ Case and his orchestra, was released by RCA Victor Records as a 78rpm single, catalog number 20-2402-B, with the flip side "So Far," and reached #25 on the charts. It has also been included on several LP albums. The 1961 recording, made on May 17, with Mitchell Ayres and his orchestra, was recorded as part of a medley with "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "You Were Meant for Me". It was never issued as a single but was included on some albums of Como's.

Doris Day recorded the song on December 11, 1959 for her Columbia album What Every Girl Should Know, with Harry Zimmerman's Orchestra.

Bryn Terfel's rendition of the song was included on his 1996 CD of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, Something Wonderful, named after the song of the same title in The King and I.