Thank Heaven For Little Girls

Songfacts®:

  • This is probably the most memorable song from the 1958 film Gigi and far superior to the Oscar winning title song. Like the rest of the score it was composed by Frederick Loewe with lyrics by Alan Jay Learner, who also wrote the screenplay. It is sung by the elderly Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), whose thick, almost syrupy French accent made him the ideal vocalist for a song whose theme is that little girls are suddenly not so little, as Gigi's leading man Gaston realized when the girl he regarded as more of a little sister, was suddenly much more than that. Gigi was played by Leslie Caron, and her leading man by Louis Jordan. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 6th 1958, Maurice Chevalier performed "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" on the CBS-TV variety program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    The song opened and closed the movie 'Gigi'...
    The movie's U.S.A. premier was on May 15th, 1958 in N.Y.C. and it was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won all nine, including 'Best Picture' and 'Best Director' {Vincente Minnelli}...
    In 1961 Perry Como covered the song on his 'Sing to Me, Mr. C.' album.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."

Actors With Hit SongsMusic Quiz

Many actors have attempted music, but only a few have managed a hit. Do you know which of these thespians charted?

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.