The Chi-Lites

Oh Girl

Composed by Eugene Record

Song Review by

The Chi-Lites' "Oh Girl" is one of the classic soul ballads of the '70s, and the finest of many classics written by the group's leader, the perpetually broken-hearted Eugene Record. His restrained but aching lead vocal is almost a solo performance (the other three Chi-Lites add only a few wordless harmonies and one line per verse), and his passionate delivery of his own beseeching lyrics is a marvel. (Compare Record's tasteful restraint to the over-emotional wailing on covers by Leo Sayer, Paul Young, and even the usually more aware Smokey Robinson for a quick demonstration of how true soul is not always about keening and melisma.) The arrangement, credited to someone named Tom Tom (probably Record again, who also produced the song and was probably getting shy by his third or fourth solo credit), is magnificently simple, with an almost minimalist string section that adds to the lushness of the vocals without being overbearing, and the brilliant stroke of a wailing harmonica part, a surprisingly down-home touch for such a stylish ballad that's probably the song's crowning achievement. Nearly every cover of the song has swiped the harmonica part wholesale, proof of how key it is to the song's success.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Lonely Man 1972 Import 3:43
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Varig Collection: Love Songs 1990
Various Artists
Perfect Pitch Marketing
Super Bad Is Back 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
'70s Smash Hits, Vol. 6 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
Slow Jams: The 70's, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 3:30
That Loving Feeling, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:26
Soulful Love 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:50
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
The Story of Soul Music 1995
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 3:43
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:51
Classic Soul Greatest Hits 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:35
Slow Jamz from Back in Da Day 1995
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:47
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1972 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Sweet Soul Music [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
No Image 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:48
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Sweet Soul Music 1995 St. Clair
The Brunswick Years, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Brunswick 3:44
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality 3:47
Slow Grind, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
Live! 1996 Hot Productions
Classic Soul Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 3:50
No Image 1996
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:00
Flick Hits: Old School Tracks 1996
Original Soundtrack
3:47
Music Power 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:48
The Best of the Chi-Lites [Prime Cuts] 1997 Prime Kutz / Prime Cuts 2:57
Golden Hits 1997 Intercontinental Records 3:05
Greatest Hits from the 70's 1997
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 3:00
70's Radio Hits, Vol. 6 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback
Hit Songs from the 70's [Deuce] 1997
Various Artists
Deuce 3:00
3 for 3: The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes & Sam & Dave 1997
Various Artists
3 for 3 2:56
Global Rock, Vol. 3: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
The Seventies Generation: 1972 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties/Seventies 3:04
Soulful Sounds of the 70's 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:50
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Essential Hits Collection 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:36
Soul Classics: Timeless 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:49
The Very Best of the Chi-Lites [Music Club] 1998 Music Club Records
Love of Your Own 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:27
Great Soul Ballads 1998
Various Artists
Goldies 3:33
Blues & Soul Bible 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Sweet Soul Ballads 1998
Various Artists
Golden Stars
Too Good to Be Forgotten 1998 Demon Records / Demon 3:36
Remembered 1998 Universal Special Products 4:50
Soul Ballads, Vol. 1 [Retro] 1998
Various Artists
Soul Disciples 3:03
Hit Highlights 1998 Diablo (UK) 3:36
No Image 1998
Various Artists
KRB
Body + Soul: Love Serenade [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Born to Be Wild: Music for Road 1999
Various Artists
Bcd
Have You Seen Her: Their Greatest Hits 1999 GO (Netherlands) / Go. 4:45
4 Smooth Soul Legends 1999
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:06
Soul [Book & CD] 1999
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 3:43
More Broken Hearted Soul Essentials 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:50
Smooth Soul [Intercontinental] 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 3:00
Body + Soul: Between the Sheets 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:44
The Best of the Chi-Lites: One in a Million 1999 Music Club Records 3:35
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
V-103 Live 2000
Various Artists
Restaurant Records 4:33
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:29
Soul Ballads [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 3:03
Seventies Generation: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 3:04
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1972 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:49
Best of the 70's: Hits of 1972 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
The Seventies Generation: A Decade of Fun 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:04
Soul Sensations [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:02
The Best of the 70's, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:01
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 6 CD Box] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1972 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Golden Classics 2000 Golden Music / Goldenlane 3:05
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 3:33
Into the Mix, Vol. 4: The Classix Remixed 2000
Various Artists
Hypnotic 3:49
Soul Sister, Brown Sugar 2000
Various Artists
Brisa / Dog 'n Roll 2:58
Forever Gold: Soul Ballads [2 Disc] 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
Casey Kasem Presents: Number One Hits-The Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:30
Love Is Forever 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
Love Is Forever [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
R&B Millennium Hits 2001
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 3:49
70's Groove [Direct Source] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:00
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: Great Soul Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 3:34
Hey Love, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1970-1974 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:49
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino
Number One Hits of the 50s, 60s and 70's 2001
Various Artists
Goldies
Lowrider Oldies, Vols. 1-9: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:45
Best of the 70's [Direct Source 5 CD Box] 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:01
Number 1 Hits 50's 60's & 70's 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:05
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:13
The Best of the Chi-Lites: Ten Best Series 2002 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:36
The Very Best of the Chi-Lites [Metro] 2002 Metro 3:28
Back to Back Hits 2002 Park South Records / Orpheus Records 3:00
Hot on a Thing 2002 BR Music 4:47
The Story of Brunswick: The Classic Sound of Chicago Soul 2002
Various Artists
Rerooted 3:36
Platinum Soul Legends 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music
Sexy Soul [Direct Source] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:59
Gold Funk and Soul 2003
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:49
Soul Ballads [St. Clair Box] 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 1-3: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:45
The 70s Soul Jam, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:26
Soul Bands 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:59
21 Winners: Best of Soul [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:58
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
#1 R&B Hits [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 3:37
It's Time for Love: Love Songs 2003 Brunswick
The Best of the Chi-Lites [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 3:36
On the Road Again [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 3:18
Gold Collection: Soul Collection 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
The Best of the Chi-Lites [Kent] 2004 Kent 3:36
The Complete the Chi-Lites on Brunswick Records, Vol. 1 2004 Edsel 3:46
Hits of the 70's [Madacy Box] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:32
Fuhgeddaboudit! Music You Heard on the Sopranos 2004
Various Artists
Golden Stars 3:34
Superstars of Seventies Soul: Live [Shout! Factory] 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:58
Soul Grooves [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:56
The Best of Soul Ballads [St. Clair 2004] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
No Image 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:57
Soul Searchin' [Northquest] 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:58
Only You [Columbia River 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:58
The 70's Love Collection 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
Slow Jams, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
SPG 3:41
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:58
Soul Ballads [St. Clair] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
With Love: 18 Romantic Classic 2005
Various Artists
Crimsom 3:36
Colezo: The Chi-Lites 2005 JVC Victor
Legends: 70's Radio Legends 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:59
The Best of Soul Ballads [St. Clair 2005] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair / St. Clair/RNB 2:58
Soul Classics [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications
Fashion Lounge Remix 2005
Various Artists
Hypnotic 3:38
Soul Smooching: 36 Late Night Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 4:13
Break Up Songs 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 3:42
The Best of the Chi-Lites [Music Club International] 2005 Music Club / Music Club International Records 3:46
It Happened in the Seventies 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:00
World of Rock'n Roll, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:58
Top 20 of Soul 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:59
K-Tel Presents: Sweet Soul Music 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood/K-Tel 3:01
70's Groove Machine [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:59
Golden Legends: R&B Ballads 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
K-Tel Presents: #1 Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:58
R&B Soul 2006 Direct Source 2:59
The Chi-Lites Live 2006 Mar-Ance Records 3:39
The Ultimate Chi-Lites 2006 Brunswick 3:37
70s Love Train 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
Best Of: Give More Power to the People 2006 Music Club International Records / Music Club Records 3:45
Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick 3:36
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:15
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong
'70s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:37
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:59
The Greatest: 70s Soul Classics 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:59
Hits of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:58
Forever Soul R&B 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
No Image 2006
Various Artists
This Is Buddha Lounge 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Hypnotic 3:38
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:41
R&B Soul Classics: Platinum Artist Series 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
K-Tel Presents: All Your Rhythm and Blues Hits 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:58
Body + Soul: Battle of the Groups - Male 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Greatest Hits [KRB] 2007 KRB Music 3:04
21 Essential Funk and Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra
Soul Heaven [Malaco] 2007
Various Artists
Malaco 3:48
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair 2:58
R&B Soul: The Chi-Lites/The Delfonics 2007 Direct Source 2:59
Number 1 R&B Hits of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Live In HD [DVD] 2007 Soul Concerts
Rhythm & Blues [Diamond] 2008
Various Artists
TGG Direct / Diamond Recordings 2:58
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
Best of the 70's [Diamond] 2008
Various Artists
Diamond Recordings 3:00
Smooth Love R&B Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Best of R&B [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:58
Soulful Expression of 70's R&B 2008
Various Artists
Rolling Stone 3:36
Remember the 70s [Greatest Collection] 2008
Various Artists
Greatest Collection 3:08
R&B Love [Madacy] 2009
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:58
Sweet Soul of the '70s: I've Got Love on My Mind 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Best of R&B [Sonoma] 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:59
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 3:43
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:30
Mellow Mellow: 15th Anniversary Crystal Edition 2011
Various Artists
Harmless
Radio's Best Top Hits in R&B 2011
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:59
No Image
Various Artists
X5 3:00
Forever Soul R&B [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:59
Heavenly Body/Me And You Expansion / Expansion Records
Live in Norfolk 2005 MVD Visual / San Juan
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