Soldier Boy

The Shirelles

About Soldier Boy

"Soldier Boy" is a song written by Luther Dixon and Florence Greenberg and made famous by the girl group the Shirelles.


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Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you

You were my first love
And you'll be my last love
I will never make you blue
I'll be true to you
In this whole world
You can love but one girl
Let me be that one girl
For I'll be true to you

Wherever you go
My heart will follow
I love you so
I'll be true to you
Take my love with you
To any port or foreign shore
Darling, you must feel for sure
I'll be true to you

Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you

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The Shirelles

The Shirelles were an African American girl group that achieved popularity in the early 1960s. They consisted of schoolmates Shirley Owens (later Shirley Alston-Reeves), Doris Coley (later Doris Kenner-Jackson), Addie "Micki" Harris (later Addie Harris McPherson), and Beverly Lee. They have been described as either the first African-American girl group to top the Billboard Hot 100, or the first girl group overall, with the song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". more »

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13 facts about this song

Song Creation
"Soldier Boy" is a song written by Luther Dixon and Florence Greenberg. Dixon was a prolific songwriter, while Greenberg was the founder of Scepter Records.
Release Date
The song was released in 1962, during the early years of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
Chart Performance
"Soldier Boy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks. It retained its popularity throughout the years, being one of the Shirelles' highest-charting hits.
Group Identity
The Shirelles were one of the first popular girl groups and were the first to have a song reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, paving the way for later acts like The Supremes and The Ronettes.
Album Inclusion
"Soldier Boy" was included on the album "Baby It's You," which also featured other popular songs by The Shirelles.
The song's lyrics are a tender plea to a boyfriend who's gone off to war, reflecting the fears and sadness of many young women during this historical period.
Cover Versions
"Soldier Boy" has been covered by many artists over the years, including Elvis Presley and Sarah Vaughan, speaking to its enduring appeal.
Cultural Impact
The song has been featured in numerous films and television shows, including the popular series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."
Song's Message
In the lyrics, the singer pledges her unwavering fidelity to her "soldier boy," adding to the powerful emotions of love and loyalty prevalent in the song.
Historic Element
"Soldier Boy" was recorded when many young men were being drafted to fight in Vietnam, giving it a historical context.
Pop Culture
This is the song that "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark announced was played at his wedding.
The Shirelles, the group that brought "Soldier Boy" to life, are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Fame and Recognition
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Soldier Boy" as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

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