Thursday, January 20, 2011

"So Help Me Girl" by Gary Barlow

Birthday wishes go out today to Gary Barlow, the former member and principal songwriter of the boy band Take That, whose solo career has proven very successful indeed - even if it pales in comparison to that of his fellow band mate, Robbie Williams...

So Help Me Girl was released in July 1997 in the UK as the third single from his debut album, Open Road, while it became his first US single in September of that year; the song went all the way to 11 in the UK but failed to crack the Top 40 Stateside, stalling at 44*. The album's first two singles - Forever Love and Love Won't Wait - both went to the Number One spot in the UK.

So Help Me Girl was originally performed by American country singer Joe Diffie in 1994, and was written by Howard Perdew and Andy Spooner.

*On the Hot 100, that is; it did, however, get all the way to #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
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