Chart Performance: R&B (#1 for 2 weeks) and Pop(#1); 1972
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
As the 1960’s wound down, The Chi-Lites had spent ten years trying for a hit and coming up empty handed. Although Eugene Record, the group’s lead singer, was charting with songs for wife Barbara Acklin and Peaches & Herb, his hometown buddies remained hitless until 1969 when the Chi-Lites finally came up with some Top 20 R&B records. Still, the big score eluded them. Then came Have You Seen Her (#1 R&B/#3 Pop) in 1971, and a scheduled appearance on Flip Wilson’s highly-rated television show, where the group would sing Seen Her and another tune. The group played a partially finished recording of Oh Girl – rhythm and harmonica tracks in place but missing the strings – for Wilson’s team in the backstage dressing room. All wanted the Chi-Lites to perform Oh Girl as the second song, and so they did. The exposure on national TV helped propel Oh Girl to #1 on the R&B and Pop charts.
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- Eugene Record
Lyrics Written by:
- Eugene Record
- No. 1 Hit: The Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1972 for one week, becoming their first and only chart-topping single.
- Billboard R&B Chart Success: The single topped the Billboard R&B Singles chart for two weeks.
- Billboard Year-End Chart: BMI named The Chi-Lites’ “Oh Girl” as No. 36 of the top 100 songs of the century (1900-1999) on December 13, 1999.