Published on June 17, 2016
Georgy Girl“, written by Tom Springfield (music) and Jim Dale (lyrics), is the title song performed by The Seekers for the British film of the same name starring Lynn Redgrave and James Mason. Across late 1966 and early 1967, the song became a #1 Australian hit and a #3 British hit. In the United States, it proved to be the Seekers’ highest charting single, reaching #2 on the “Billboard Hot 100″ and prompting the Seekers’ British album Come the Day to be retitled Georgy Girl for its American release. It was listed at number 36 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Pop Songs of all time” issued in 2002.
The song is heard at both the beginning and end of the film, with markedly different lyrics (and with different lyrics again from those in the commercially released version). It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost the “Oscar” to the theme song from the film Born Free.
An instrumental cover by the Baja Marimba Band reached the U.S. #98 – pop, and #14 – easy listening in 1967.
The New Seekers, a later reorganized group from 1969 with guitarist Keith Potger, released a version on the album We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (1972) – also famous as the theme song for a memorable iconic TV0 commercial for Coca-Cola soft drink.
In 1970, the film was adapted for a short-lived Broadway musical, Georgy.