Song battle of the day: The 70’s Soul classic “Oh Girl” versus Buddy Holly’s rockabilly gem “Oh Boy”, which is your favorite?
“Oh Girl” is one of those timeless Old School R&B slow dance songs that remind us in comparison how today’s music has lost touch with true heart and soul. From that opening line “Ohhhhhh girl, I’d be in trouble if you left me now”, the Chi-Lites pull you deep inside their lonely breakup tale. Surprisingly it was the only #1 hit song of their career, although “Have You Seen Her” just missed the top spot of the charts. Paul Young crooned his way to #1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1990 with a cover song that remained faithful to the original. Recently Houston rapper, Paul Wall, reinvented “Oh Girl” as a hip hop track, rapping over a sped-up beat.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets join Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry as the pioneers of rock and roll in the late 50’s. In 1957, Buddy released an amazing double sided 45 with the high energy A-side “Oh Boy” and the blues rocker “Not Fade Away” on the B-Side, which was prominently covered by the Rolling Stones on their debut album. From the opening note, Buddy grabs your full attention with a rave-up chorus “All of my love, all of my kissing, you don’t know what you’ve been missing, oh boy, oh boy, when you’re with me, oh boy, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.., oh boy, the world will see that you were meant for me.” Buddy Holly’s “Oh Boy” merged rockabilly, country music, and rock and roll into one of the most recognizable hits of the 50’s. While never reaching the popularity of “Oh Girl”, the song has been covered countless times by artists as divergent as The Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, Alvin and The Chipmunks, The Stray Cats, and even actress Zooey Deschanel with her duo, She & Him. You may even remember when Gary Busey was on top of this game and even earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Buddy’s life.