Georgy Girl (song)

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"Georgy Girl"
Single by The Seekers
B-side "The Last Thing on My Mind"
Released 1967
Format 7" 45rpm
Genre Pop rock, folk
Length 2:21
Label EMI Columbia DB 8134
Writer(s) Tom Springfield (music)
Jim Dale (lyrics)
The Seekers singles chronology
"Morningtown Ride" "Georgy Girl"
"When Will the Good Apples Fall"

"Georgy Girl", written by Tom Springfield (music) and Jim Dale (lyrics), is the title song performed by The Seekers for the British film of the same name starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason. Across late 1966 and early 1967, the song became a #1 Australian hit and a #3 British hit. In the United States, it proved to be the Seekers' highest charting single, reaching #1 on the "Cash Box Top 100" and prompting the Seekers' British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release. It was listed at number 36 on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Pop Songs of all time" issued in 2002.[1]

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.

An instrumental cover by the Baja Marimba Band reached the U.S. #98 - pop, and #14 - easy listening in 1967.

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 (1972) - also famous as the theme song for a memorable iconic TV commercial for Coca-Cola soft drink.

In 1970, the film 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.

In the TV cartoon series 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!".[2] "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."