Girl on the Billboard
|"Girl on the Billboard"|
|Single by Del Reeves|
|from the album Girl on the Billboard|
|B-side||"Eyes Don't Come Crying to Me"|
|Songwriter(s)||Hank Mills, Walter Haynes|
|Del Reeves singles chronology|
"Girl on the Billboard" is a 1965 single released by American country music singer Del Reeves. The novelty song was Reeves' fourth entry on the U.S. country chart and his only No. 1 single. "Girl on the Billboard" spent two weeks at No. 1 and a total of 20 weeks on the chart, in addition to reaching No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become one of many country standards about lust.
The Song's Story
The song is about a truck driver who falls in love with a picture of a beautiful young woman, whose towel-clad likeness is plastered as part of a roadside billboard advertisement along Route 66. The truck driver drives a daily freight route from Chicago to St. Louis along the highway where the billboard is located. He also notes how many trucker accidents have occurred near the billboard.
Early one morning (4:45 AM), while his diesel idles nearby, the trucker knocks on the door of the artist who painted the billboard and (presumably) asks for the model's contact information. The painter curtly tells the trucker that the "girl wasn't real" and that he'd "better get the (censored) on his way." (An electric guitar riff is used in place of the profanity). Disillusioned at his fantasy being ruined, the trucker moans that along the highway, "You'll find tiny pieces of my heart scattered every which a way."
Wily and the Wild West did a version featured on a Youtube video that underscores the somewhat campy nature of the song.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||96|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||31|
The Road Hammers
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||54|
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 344. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "The Road Hammers Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
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