Soldier Boy (song)

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Not to be confused with Crank That (Soulja Boy).
"Soldier Boy"
Single by The Shirelles
from the album Baby It's You
B-side "Love Is a Swingin' Thing"
Released March 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded Bell Sound Studios, New York
Genre R&B
Length 2:42
Label Scepter(Florence Greenberg-Owner)
Writer(s) Luther Dixon, Florence Greenberg
Certification Gold (RIAA)
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Baby It's You"
"Soldier Boy"
"Welcome Home, Baby"

"Soldier Boy" is a song written by Luther Dixon and Florence Greenberg. The song was released as a single by The Shirelles in 1962 and met with great success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100. The song's lyrics are a profession of the singer's love for the titular soldier boy in which she promises to remain true to him while he's away.

In popular culture[edit]


Chart (1962) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US R&B 3
UK Singles Chart 23
Preceded by
"Good Luck Charm" by Elvis Presley
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 5, 1962 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk

Cover versions[edit]

"Soldier Boy" was covered by American country music artist Donna Fargo in 1991. Her version peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]

It was covered by Diane Renay in 1964.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.