The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. (song)

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"The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"
Single by Donna Fargo
from the album The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
ReleasedMarch 1972
Format7"
RecordedLate 1971
GenreCountry, Pop
Length2:30
LabelDot
Songwriter(s)Donna Fargo
Producer(s)Stan Silver
Donna Fargo singles chronology
"The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA"
(1972)
"Funny Face"
(1972)

"The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" is a country and pop music song written, composed, and recorded by Donna Fargo. It is written in the voice of a newlywed girl, sung to her new husband. It has since become her signature song.

Background[edit]

Fargo told Tom Roland in The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits that she wrote the song with a different title originally. "It really started out to be 'Happiest Girl in the World,' but the rhyme scheme got to be too unnatural, so I changed it to 'U.S.A.' It kind of wrote itself after that."[1]

Copyright infringement rumor[edit]

A rumor later circulated that the line "skip-a-dee-doo-dah" was originally written as "zip-a-dee-doo-dah," and that the Walt Disney Company subsequently sued Fargo as soon as they became aware of the song and its line, demanding that the original line be changed. Fargo has since put the rumor to rest, stating that "skip-a-dee-doo-dah" was indeed the original line and that no such lawsuit ever took place.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song, Fargo's first single on Dot Records, became a number-one country hit in the spring of 1972, and subsequently became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart, peaking at No. 11, and Billboard Easy Listening Singles chart, where it reached No. 7. Billboard ranked it as the No. 55 song for 1972.[2] The record earned Fargo a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, at the 15th Annual Grammy Awards on March 3, 1973.

Notable cover interpretations[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening Singles 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 16
New Zealand Listener 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2), p. 68.
  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
  3. ^ Big Love – Daveigh Chase – The Happiest Girl. on YouTube Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lana Del Rey – Happiest Girl in the Whole USA (Donna Fargo Cover)" on YouTube. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 119.