Oh Girl

The Chi-Lites

About Oh Girl

"Oh Girl" is a single recorded by the soul vocal group, The Chi-Lites and released on Brunswick Records in 1972. Included on the group's 1972 album A Lonely Man, "Oh Girl" centers on a relationship on the verge of break-up. The song is led by Eugene Record, who also wrote and produced it. "Oh Girl" was the Chi-Lites' first and only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at that position in May 1972 for one week. The single also reached the top position of the Billboard R&B Singles chart the following month, remaining in that position for two weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song for 1972. In addition, it reached No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1972. The song prominently features a harmonica. 


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Oh, girl
I'd be in trouble if you left me now
'Cause I don't know where to look for love
I just don't know how

Oh, girl
How I depend on you
To give me love when I need it
Right on time you would always be

All my friends call me a fool
They say, "Let the woman take care of you"
So I, I try to be hip and think like the crowd
But even the crowd can't help me now, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, girl
Tell me what am I gonna do
I know I've got a guilty face
Girl, I feel so out of place, oh, yeah, yeah

Don't know where to go and who to see, yeah

Oh, girl
I guess I better go
I can save myself a lot of useless tears
Girl, I've gotta get away from here

Oh, girl
Pain will double if you leave me now
'Cause I don't know where to look for love
And I don't, I don't know how

Oh, oh
Oh, girl
Why do I love you so, yeah
Better be on my way, I can't stay, yeah
Oh yeah
Uh huh
Have you ever seen such a helpless man

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The Chi-Lites

The Chi-Lites ( /ˈʃaɪlaɪts/ SHY-lyts) are a Chicago-based smooth soul vocal quartet from the early 1970s, one of the few from the period not to come from Memphis or Philadelphia. They were led by Eugene Record, and scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974. more »

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Written by: Eugene Record

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10 facts about this song

Release Year
"Oh Girl" by The Chi-Lites was released in 1972. It became one of the group's most successful singles.
Billboard Success
The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1972, making it the band's only number-one single on the chart.
Music Genre
"Oh Girl" is considered a soul classic. The Chi-Lites are known for their contributions to the soul and R&B genres of the 1970s.
Iconic Harmonica
The song features a melodica, often mistaken for a harmonica, played by the band's lead singer, Eugene Record. This distinct sound contributes to the song's unique sonic signature.
Written and Produced by Band Member
Eugene Record, a member of The Chi-Lites, not only performed the song but also wrote and produced it. His vocalist talent truly shines through on this track.
Cover Versions
Since its release, "Oh Girl" has been covered by several major artists including Paul Young, Seal, and Boyz II Men. Paul Young's version reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990.
Film and Television Appearances
The song has been featured in a number of films and television series, including "Three Kings," "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," and "Everybody Hates Chris."
Sampled in Hip-Hop
"Oh Girl" has been sampled in numerous hip-hop songs, including Jay-Z's "December 4th" and Beyoncé's "Be with You," further cementing its cultural significance.
Gold Status
The single reached gold status, meaning it sold over 1 million copies. This was a major milestone for The Chi-Lites.
Influence on Popular Culture
Despite being released nearly half a century ago, "Oh Girl" remains a significant influence in popular culture and continues to resonate with audiences today due to its timeless appeal. It's often considered as one of the classic songs from the soul music era.

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