Georgy Girl (song)

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"Georgy Girl"
Georgy Girl - The Seekers.jpg
Single by The Seekers
from the album Come the Day
B-side "The Last Thing on My Mind" (Europe)
"When The Stars Begin To Fall" (non-Europe)
Released 10 October 1966
Format 7-inch single
Genre Pop rock, folk
Length 2:21
Label EMI Columbia (DB 8134) (UK)
EMI Capitol (5756) (US)
Composer(s) Tom Springfield
Lyricist(s) Jim Dale
The Seekers singles chronology
"Morningtown Ride"
(1966)
"Georgy Girl"
(1966)
"When Will the Good Apples Fall"
(1966)

"Georgy Girl" is a song by the Australian folk music group the Seekers. It was used as the title song for the 1966 film of the same name. Tom Springfield, who had written "I'll Never Find Another You", composed the music and Jim Dale supplied the lyrics. The song became a hit in late 1966 and early 1967, reaching number one in Australia and number three in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it was the Seekers' highest charting single, reaching number one on the Cash Box Top 100; number two on the Billboard Hot 100; and, prompting the Seekers' British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release. The song is heard at both the beginning and end of the film, with markedly different lyrics (and with different lyrics again from those in the commercially released version). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost the Oscar to the theme song from the film Born Free.

In 1967, an instrumental version by the Baja Marimba Band reached number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 14 on the easy listening chart.

The New Seekers, a later reorganized group from 1969 with guitarist Keith Potger, released a version on the album We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.

In 1970, the film Georgy Girl was adapted for a short-lived Broadway musical, Georgy.

Cover versions and quotations[edit]

The tune was adapted as a commercial jingle for New York City metropolitan area's White Rock Beverages in 1966, and for Barbie dolls in the early 1980s.

A German version was released by German singer Cornelia Froboess for her 1967 album Die neuen Lieder der Cornelia Froboess (Polydor).

A French version whose English title was preserved was published by the group Les Hamsters (singer Colette Rivat) in 1967 (CBS - EP5731).

In The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Beauty Queen", Homer twice sings the song with the lyrics "Hey there, blimpy boy! Flying through the sky so fancy free!".[1] "Georgy Girl" is also parodied in the 13th-season episode "Half-Decent Proposal", when Artie Ziff creates a device to convert modem noises into easy-listening music.

The song was used during an episode of Get a Life called "Chris Moves Out".

"Georgy Girl" is referenced in the Ron Sexsmith song "In This Love" from his 1991 album Grand Opera Lane when he sings "It's just like that old movie song, the one about the Georgy girl."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2007-12-29.