memories of the ’70s – Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond

Goawaylittlegirl.jpgThe beginning of the 1970s brought many teeny bop songs to the top of the charts, including this uber-sweet ballad Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond.

Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, this song, about a young man not wanting to see a young woman because she would tempt him to kiss her, had been at the top of the charts song twice before Osmond.

In 1963, Steve Lawrence performed the song, and hit number one on the Billboard charts, while in the UK, singer Mark Wynter got to number six on the UK charts. In 1966, The Happenings also covered the song, going to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Osmond released his second studio album in 1971, To You with Love, Donny, with Go Away Little Girl as the first single.

The bubblegum, sickly sweet, ballad may not have been palatable to the majority of adult music fans, but in 1971, young girls swooned for the 14 year old Osmond and his songs that were heavily requested on mainstream radio.

Hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1971, Osmond’s version of the song was also certified gold in October 1971.

Go Away Little Girl became the first song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 twice by two different artists, and there has only been nine songs to date to have achieved that status.


About Waheeda Harris

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