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Young Girl

by

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap



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This song was written and produced by Jerry Fuller, who also wrote "Lady Willpower" and "Over You" for the group as well as "Traveling Man" for Ricky Nelson. It was a warning to a would-be lover of an underage girl of the consequences of him not being able to resist her charms.
This was one of 4 Top-10 singles the band had in the US in 1968. They sold more singles in the US than the Beatles did that year.
Gary Puckett spent his childhood in Hibbing, Minnesota, the same town that was home to the young Bob Zimmerman, who later changed his name to Bob Dylan.
The band wore American Civil War uniforms and gave themselves military ranks, from General Puckett down to Privates Whitbread (the drummer) and Withem (the keyboardist). This was to tie in with the fact that they had taken their name from the site of a famous Civil War battle.
Jerry Fuller explained the inspiration for "Young Girl" in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "I was on the road a lot as an artist, fronting various groups for many years. I guess every entertainer goes through a time when 14-year-olds look like 20-year-olds. That's somewhat of an inspiration not from my own experience, just knowing that it happens." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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Comments (5):

Went to see Gary Puckett perform back in June. After the show I even got his autograph. I was the youngest guy up there. Everyone else was much older than me and they had records, forty fives, and all that type of stuff. When I got to speak to him I told him Young Girl was my favorite song. He looked up, smiled, and said, "You're kidding?" I've been a Gary Puckett and the Union Gap fan since I heard their stuff on the radio. I got to talk to him for a little while and it was an honor. Before I left, he shook my hand and said, "It was nice meeting you."
- Christopher, Marlboro, NJ
According to several sources (including the Taylor guitar periodical) this band did not take its name from a Civil War Battle or site(was there ever a battle called Gary Puckett and the Union Gap?); they took their name from a small town called Union Gap that was next to Gary's adopted home town of Yakima, Washington. I used to live in Spokane and traveled frequently to Yakima for business. Always saw the signs for Union Gap but never actually got there. Always wondered if the town name had anything to do with the band. Turns out it does.
- Glen, Millersville, PA
I don't suppost that this is one of Roman Polanski's favorite songs.
- Paul, Washington DC, DC
Gary Gliter will cover this one day :p
- Mjn Seifer, Not listed for personal reason, England
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