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Goodbye Girl by David Gates

Album: Goodbye GirlReleased: 1977Charted:
15
  • This was the theme song to the popular 1977 Neil Simon play The Goodbye Girl, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason (Simon's wife at the time). The song is about falling in love with an untrusting woman who's been hurt before. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Gates was lead singer of the group Bread. He released this tune as a solo single and it peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. To capitalize on that success, Gates put an album together that featured material from his first two solo albums mixed with some new material and made this tune his title track. However, the album flopped only reaching #165 and Gates never again entered the Top 20 of the singles chart.
  • The song was covered by Pakistani-English singer-songwriter Rumer as the third single from her 2011 debut album Seasons Of My Soul.
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Comments: 7

On December 11th 1977, "Goodbye Girl"* by David Gates entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #93; and 17 weeks later on April 9th, 1978 it peaked at #15 {for 2 weeks} and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 {24 weeks}...
As a solo artist he had six other Top 100 records; "Clouds" {#47 in 1973}, "Sail Around the World" {#50 in 1973}, "Never Let Her Go" {#29 in 1975", "Took the Last Train" {#30 in 1978}, "Where Does the Lovin' Go" {#46 in 1980}, and "Take Me now" {#62 in 1981}...
* A nice birthday gift; "Goodbye Girl" entered the Top 100 on David Gates' 37th birthday; he was born on December 11th, 1940.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
A beautiful song by David Gates! He is among my favorite top ten of singer/songwriters. Such a superb array of melodies & lyrics! I wish David was still active today. We need songwriters like him now.David - Honolulu, Hi
I loved this song from the moment it played at the end of the movie. I was 17 and with my first love. She is long gone, but I continue to love this song. David Gates wrote a wonderful song!Brent - Idaho Falls, Id
David is a prolific song writer, one of the many songs that he has written is titled "Popsicles and Icicles by the Murmaids. It was a top ten record in 1963Louis Rodriguez - Lancaster, Ca
Hootie and the Blowfish did a good cover of this song.Mitch - Indy, In
Excellent song, very hauntingDave - Des Moines, Ia
SO this is the song that goes "Goodbye girl now your home at last"Nick - Pepperell, Ma