Hey Girl (Freddie Scott song)

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"Hey Girl" is a song written and composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It first became a popular Top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963 when recorded by Freddie Scott. Donny Osmond took the song back to the Billboard top ten chart with his remake in 1971. There have also been many other cover versions of this song, including a cover by Billy Joel in 1997.

"Hey Girl"
Hey Girl Billy Joel.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Greatest Hits Volume III
Released 1997
Format CD
Recorded New York City, 1992
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Billy Joel, Danny Kortchmar
Billy Joel singles chronology
"To Make You Feel My Love"
(1997)
"Hey Girl"
(1997)
"All My Life"
(2007)
"To Make You Feel My Love"
(1997)
"Hey Girl"
(1997)
"All My Life"
(2007)

Freddie Scott version[edit]

Background[edit]

"Hey Girl" first became a hit for Freddie Scott in 1963, peaking at number ten on both the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles and R&B charts.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 10

Donny Osmond version[edit]

"Hey Girl"
Heygirlosmond.jpg
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Portrait of Donny
B-side "I Knew You When"
Released November 6, 1971
Format Vinyl record 7" single
Recorded September 10, 1971
Genre Pop
Length 3:13
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King
Producer(s) Rick Hall
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"Go Away Little Girl"
(1971)
"Hey Girl"
(1971)
"Puppy Love"
(1972)
"Go Away Little Girl"
(1971)
"Hey Girl"
(1971)
"Puppy Love"
(1972)

Background[edit]

Donny Osmond released a version of this song on November 6, 1971. It reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 15, 1972. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on July 28, 1972.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 9

Billy Joel version[edit]

Background[edit]

Billy Joel recorded the song as part of the new material featured on his 1997 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume III. Jazz musician Everette Harp plays saxophone on the track.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 13

Other versions[edit]

Aside from the above-mentioned cover versions, "Hey Girl" has been remade by many artists.

  • In 1966, The Righteous Brothers covered this song on their Soul & Inspiration album from Verve Records.
  • Carole King recorded the song on her 1980 album Pearls, which consists of the materials she wrote with Goffin during the 1960s. King also played the song as a part of medley during her 2000s concert tour entitled The Living Room, which was released as the double live album in 2005.
  • A cover version performed by Ray Charles with Michael McDonald was included on Genius Loves Company, the 2004 Grammy Award-winning posthumous album of Charles.
  • George Benson. Livin' Inside Your Love album, a 1979 Warner Bros. Records Inc. release.
  • Isaac Hayes recorded a version for his 1986 Columbia Records album U-Turn.
  • The Temptations released a version of the song on their Cloud 9 album in 1969.
  • Nichelle Nichols covered it as "Hey, Boy" on her Down to Earth album, a 1967 Epic Records release.
  • Will Downing covered the song on his debut release with Mercury Records for Downing's 1993 Love's the Place to Be album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 514. 

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