Girl You Know It's True (song)

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"Girl You Know It's True"
Single by Milli Vanilli
from the album Girl You Know It's True
B-side "Magic Touch"
Released June 25, 1988
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1988
Genre Dance-pop, Hip hop, new jack swing
Length 4:13
3:48 (7" version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Bill Pettaway Jr, Sean Spencer, Kevin Lyles, Rodney Holloman, Ky Adeyemo
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Milli Vanilli singles chronology
"Girl You Know It's True"
"Baby Don't Forget My Number"

"Girl You Know It's True" is a song that became the first big hit for Milli Vanilli. Released as the lead single from Milli Vanilli's European debut album All or Nothing, and the duo's American debut album, Girl You Know It's True, the song peaked at number one on the German Singles Chart, number two in the United States and number three in the United Kingdom, becoming one of Milli Vanilli's most successful singles.


The song was written by Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean "DJ Spen" Spencer, Kevin Lyles, Rodney "Kool Rod" Holloman (often misspelled "Hollaman" on single/album credits),[1][2][3][4] and Ky Adeyemo,[5] most of whom were members of the Baltimore, Maryland-based group, Numarx, who first recorded the tune.

Started by DJ Spen and featuring Kool Rod as MC,[1] Numarx was a collective of local DJs who formed a "crew" in the early 1980s, originally consisting of four members. With the addition of Lyles, the group expanded to five, going on to release the single, "Buss It" in 1984. Three years later, Numarx released the single, "Rhymes So Def," which received national airplay at the time.[1] The follow-up single to this minor hit was "Girl You Know It's True."

The idea for the song began with Pettaway, an Annapolis resident working as a gas station attendant at the time[5][6] while writing songs and playing guitar on the side.[7] Pettaway, along with Numarx members Spencer, Lyles, and Holloman continued to craft the tune. Then-current Starpoint member Kayode "Ky" Adeyemo also joined in, co-writing and co-producing the song with Pettaway.[3] Although the song did not match the success of "Rhymes So Def" in America, "Girl You Know It's True" did connect with audiences on the other side of the Atlantic, becoming a popular hit in the German clubs.[8] It was here that Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian likely first heard the tune.

Meanwhile, Numarx would later include their version of "Girl You Know It's True" on their lone album, Our Time Has Come, released in 1988[9] before fading from public view. DJ Spen and Lyles have gone on to become world-renowned DJs and record executives, respectively, while Pettaway was later credited with discovering multi-platinum-selling singer Toni Braxton and has gone on to prominence as a session guitarist for Timbaland[10] and other artists.

Concert incident[edit]

The song lyric skipped and repeated during a Milli Vanilli concert in Connecticut, revealing a case of lip synching during the performance and setting off a wave of controversy for the group.

In popular culture[edit]

Milli Vanilli made a cameo appearance performing the song in an episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, based on the actual video game as seen Saturday mornings on NBC.

Other cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]

12" maxi - Australia, New Zealand, UK
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (NY subway mix)
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (balearic mix)
  3. "Magic Touch"
12" maxi - Canada, U.S.
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (super club mix) — 8:33
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (G spot remix beats) — 6:22
  3. "Girl You Know It's True" (single version) — 3:48
  4. "Girl You Know It's True" (NYC subway mix) — 8:07
  5. "Magic Touch" — 3:47
12" maxi - Germany, UK
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" (super club mix) — 7:35
  2. "Girl You Know It's True" (radio mix) — 3:58
  3. "Magic Touch" — 3:22
7" single
  1. "Girl You Know It's True" — 3:58
  2. "Magic Touch" — 3:22

Charts and sales[edit]

"Girl You Know It's True" was a massive success in the United States, and peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending April 1, 1989, kept from the top spot by The Bangles' "Eternal Flame".[13] It became the first of five Top 5 singles for Milli Vanilli and spent a total of 26 weeks on the chart.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Numarx biography Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  2. ^ Rod Holloman@Twitter (spelled "Holloman" here) Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  3. ^ a b Numarx- "Girl You Know It's True" (1987) single credits. Accessed 8-16-2015.
  4. ^ Rodney Hollaman (sic) Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  5. ^ a b Milli Vanilli: Baby Don't Forget My Number
  6. ^ Corey, Mary (1990). "Bill Pettaway: A gas station attendant hanging out with..." The Baltimore Sun December 16, 1990. Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  7. ^ Bill Pettaway Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  8. ^ "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  9. ^ Numarx - Our Time Has Come Retrieved 8-16-2015.
  10. ^ "Timbalands (sic) Secret Weapon: Bill Pettaway" Retrieved 8-16-2015
  11. ^ German Charts - Centory
  12. ^ DanishCharts: "Jeg Vil Ha' Dig For Mig Selv" Page
  13. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Archives". Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  14. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  15. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  17. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". GfK Entertainment.
  19. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Milli Vanilli search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  21. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". VG-lista.
  22. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  23. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Singles Top 60.
  24. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  26. ^ a b c d e Billboard (Retrieved February 26, 2008)
  27. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2014-06-17". Imgur. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  28. ^ " – Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True". Top 40 Singles.
  29. ^ 1988 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  30. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  31. ^ 1988 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  32. ^ Canada certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  33. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 145 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Girl+You+Know+It%27s+True')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  35. ^ Swedish certifications (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  36. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  37. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved August 5, 2008)