Am I the Same Girl

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"Am I the Same Girl?"
Single by Barbara Acklin
from the album Seven Days of Night
B-side"Be By My Side"
ReleasedFebruary 1969
Recorded1968
Length2:56
LabelBrunswick
Songwriter(s)Eugene Record, Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Carl Davis
Barbara Acklin singles chronology
"From the Teacher to the Preacher"
(1968)
"Am I the Same Girl?"
(1969)
"After You"
(1969)
"Soulful Strut"
Single by Young-Holt Unlimited
from the album Soulful Strut
B-side"Country Slicker Joe"
ReleasedNovember 1968
Recorded1968
Length2:52
LabelBrunswick
Songwriter(s)Eugene Record, Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Carl Davis
Young-Holt Unlimited singles chronology
"Soul Sister"
(1968)
"Soulful Strut"
(1968)
"Who's Making Love"
(1969)
"Am I the Same Girl?"
Single by Dusty Springfield
B-side"Earthbound Gypsy"
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1969
RecordedAugust 1969
Length2:58
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)Eugene Record, Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Bill Landis
Dusty Springfield UK singles chronology
"Son of a Preacher Man"
(1968)
"Am I the Same Girl?"
(1969)
"Brand New Me"
(1969)
"Am I the Same Girl?"
Single by Swing Out Sister
from the album Get in Touch with Yourself
B-side
  • "Breakout" (N.A.D. Mix)
  • "I Can Hear You But I Can't See You"
  • "Spirit Moves"
Released1992
Recorded1992
Length4:07
LabelFontana
Songwriter(s)Eugene Record, Sonny Sanders
Producer(s)Paul Staveley O'Duffy
Swing Out Sister singles chronology
"You on My Mind"
(1990)
"Am I the Same Girl?"
(1992)
"Notgonnachange"
(1992)

"Am I the Same Girl?" is a popular song written by Eugene Record and Sonny Sanders. First recorded in 1968 by Barbara Acklin, "Am I the Same Girl?" charted most successfully in the US as a 1992 release by Swing Out Sister. However, the song had its greatest impact as a 1968–69 instrumental hit single by Young-Holt Unlimited under the title "Soulful Strut".

Background[edit]

Although Barbara Acklin recorded the song first, producer Carl Davis removed her voice from the track, replaced it with a piano solo by Floyd Morris, and released the resultant track in November 1968 as "Soulful Strut" credited to Young-Holt Unlimited; it became a #3 hit in the United States and went to #1 in Canada.[1] It became a gold record. Neither Eldee Young nor Red Holt is believed to have played on the track, which was the work of session musicians identified only as the Brunswick Studio Band.[2] Acklin's version was released in February 1969 and reached #33 on the R&B chart, crossing over and peaking at #79 on the pop listing.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Dusty Springfield[edit]

Dusty Springfield, on the recommendation of Douggie Reece, the bassist in her touring band the Echoes,[4] recorded "Am I the Same Girl?" at Philips Studios Marble Arch in August 1969; Bill Landis produced the session which was arranged by Keith Mansfield.[5] The track marked Springfield's last UK chart appearance of the 1960s but was not a major hit, stalling at #43.[6] "Am I the Same Girl?" also gave Springfield a minor hit in Australia (#75).

Swing Out Sister[edit]

The vocal version "Am I the Same Girl?" had its most successful incarnation via a 1992 remake by Swing Out Sister, recorded for the album Get in Touch with Yourself. The group's vocalist Corinne Drewery has acknowledged Dusty Springfield as a major influence;[7] however, it was a chance hearing of the original Barbara Acklin version at a Manchester disco specializing in Northern soul that convinced Drewery and her Swing Out Sister partner Andy Connell to remake "Am I the Same Girl?".[8]

Released as the lead single from the album, "Am I the Same Girl?" gave Swing Out Sister their highest UK chart ranking since their inaugural chart singles in 1986–87, the Top Ten hits "Breakout" and "Surrender"; peaking at #21. The track had more impact in continental Europe, hitting #8 in Germany, #15 in the Netherlands, and #13 in Italy (it even gave the group their all-time high French chart showing, albeit at a modest #54). "Am I the Same Girl?" also represented a strong comeback for Swing Out Sister in the US, where it was released in September 1992 and reached #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the track's peak on the Cashbox Pop 100 was #32 — while reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[9]

Having recorded two distinct live renditions of "Am I the Same Girl?" which appear on, respectively, Live at the Jazz Café (1993) and Live in Tokyo (2005), Swing Out Sister recorded a new studio version of the song for their 2012 album Private View.[10]

Other versions[edit]

In 1969, Bill Deal and the Rhondels included a version of "Soulful Strut" on their Vintage Rock LP (on Heritage Records, HTS-35,003).

Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley recorded a Bossa Nova driven cover of Soulful Strut on his 1969 album, Moondreams.

German pianist Horst Jankowski recorded Soulful Strut as the opening track of his 1969 album, A Walk in the Evergreens.

In 1970, Salena Jones recorded "Am I the Same Girl?" for her album Everybody's Talkin' About Salena Jones.

In 1979 George Benson recorded a cover of "Soulful Strut" on his album Livin' Inside Your Love.

In 1996 Grover Washington Jr. covered the song for his album Soulful Strut. It was also released as the remix under the title The Top Down.

In 1999, saxophonist Kim Waters recorded "Am I the Same Girl (Soulful Strut)" for his One Special Moment album; featuring vocalist Meli'sa Morgan and Chuck Loeb, the track was a non-charting single release in February 2000.

In 2005, Joss Stone used the Young-Holt version as a starting point for her song "Don't Cha Wanna Ride", and credited the composers of "Am I the Same Girl?" as co-composers of her song.

Additionally, in September 2005, Martha Stewart began to use the Swing Out Sister version in her promo commercials for her show Martha on NBC television in America and then as the opening introduction theme song of the show. Each show starts with the song playing over a montage of images and photos of Martha Stewart growing up.

Dionne Bromfield covered the song on her debut album Introducing Dionne Bromfield (2009).

Chart positions[edit]

Artist Year Title US International
Young-Holt Unlimited 1968 "Soulful Strut" A/C #2
R&B #3
Pop #3
Canada #1
Barbara Acklin 1969 "Am I the Same Girl?" R&B #33
Pop #79
Canada #52
Dusty Springfield 1969 "Am I the Same Girl?" - UK #43
Australia #75
Swing Out Sister 1992 "Am I the Same Girl?" A/C #1
Pop #45
Canada #5
Germany #8
Italy #13
Netherlands #15
UK #21
France #54

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2010-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Young Holt Unlimited". Soulfulkindamusic.net.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Dusty Springfield Gets Down and Personal on Q&A" by Gordon Coxhill New Music Express #1183 (13 September 1969) p. 12
  5. ^ "502 Bad Gateway nginx openresty 208.80.154.49". Wonderboymi.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 521. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "Smoothjazznow.com". Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  8. ^ Nowell, David (1999). Too Darn Soulful: the story of Northern soul. London: Robson Books. p. 196. ISBN 9781861052704.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 239.
  10. ^ "Swing Out Sister | Album Discography". AllMusic.