Throwback Thursday: The Happenings, “Go Away, Little Girl”

Mary B over at Jingle Jangle Jungle has another blog hop going called "Throwback Thursday," where you play a song from the ’50’s, ’60’s, ’70’s, or ’80’s, as implied by the badge above. I think I’ll play along, what do you say?

"Go Away, Little Girl" was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and first recorded by Bobby Vee in 1962. Bobby’s cover didn’t make it into the Top 20, but three versions did: by Steve Lawrence (#1, 1963), Donny Osmond (#1, 1971), and the featured version, by The Happenings, which reached #12 in 1966.

I picked this one because I was listening to the commercial-free "’60’s Hits" channel on TuneIn and it came up. My first reaction when I heard it was "I didn’t know The Four Seasons covered this!" I looked it up on Wikipedia and discovered that it wasn’t The Four Seasons, but The Happenings. I had made that same mistake some years ago with "See You In September," with which The Haps had a #3 hit before this song in ’66. The Happenings are a Northern New Jersey band (from Paterson) like The Four Seasons (from Newark), which no doubt explains the similarity in sound.

Time to bug out for the dugout and blow this pop stand (as Ron Riley used to say).

13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Happenings, “Go Away, Little Girl”

  1. I remember this song but with Donny singing…my sister would play it over and over. I twitch when I hear Donny Osmond…it’s like a flashback


  2. John,

    I turned a year of age in December 1962 when The Happenings released this song. However, as you probably know it was Donny Osmond who introduced this song to my once young ears. The original is nice but I like Donny’s version better. Maybe, it’s because I heard it first from him. Great oldie!


  3. Very interesting rendition. I was only familiar with Donny Osmond’s. I like what they did to make it theirs. Side note about the theme – the only rule is that the song has to be at least 10 years old. You’ve certainly picked a good one to start with! Thanks for joining in.


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