Girlfriend (Pebbles song)
|Single by Pebbles|
|from the album Pebbles|
|Released||October 26, 1987|
|Genre||New jack swing|
6:43 (album version)|
4:16 (single version)
|Pebbles singles chronology|
"Girlfriend" is a song recorded by American singer Pebbles (Perri Arlette Reid) for her 1987 self-titled debut studio album. Written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, "Girlfriend" was released as the album's lead single on October 26, 1987, by the MCA label.
The song was originally intended for Vanessa Williams' debut album The Right Stuff. According to Reid, Williams' record label Wing showed interest in Williams' recording "Girlfriend", which Reid played for her alone in his apartment. However, Pebbles heard the song and offered Reid more money and two cars for the chance to record it. As a result, the production team were not asked to work on more songs on Williams' debut. Reid said due to that incident, Williams never spoke to him again.
"Girlfriend" became Pebbles' first top-five hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and first number one song on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In the United Kingdom the single peaked at number eight, becoming Pebbles' only top-ten hit there.
- British band The Beautiful South also covered the song for their 1989 debut album Welcome to the Beautiful South.
- A UK garage cover by Caramel was released as a single in 1999.
- Girl group Rísquée recorded a version for their only album Risquing It All in 1999.
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