Cowboys To Girls

Album: Old School Love Songs (1968)
Charted: 6

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, a songwriting team that helped create the Philadelpia Soul sound of the '60s and '70s. The Intruders were the first band Gamble and Huff recorded on their own label, and the success of this helped them launch the Philadelphia International label, where they wrote and produced songs for Billy Paul, The O'Jays, and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.
  • Gamble and Huff are constantly writing down ideas for songs, and often start with a title, which they did for this one. Huff explained in a 2008 interview with National Public Radio: "It's a story. Little kids grow up, and they're beating the girls up, pulling their hair - they don't treat them tender. Then all of the sudden they realize that girls are made for kissing. And the girls go from baby dolls to boys. We were trying to write lyrics that were different, take a different angle and be as clever as possible."

Comments: 6

  • Martin from Los Angeles, CaThe Intruders names were Little Sonny (Lead Singer), Big Sonny (His brother), Phil and Byrd.
  • Barbara from Queens, New York, NyI was just making dinner and this song came to mind. I loved it then and I still do. I will be singing it for days. Oh, how I wish those days were back now!!
  • Michael from Chicago, IlI remember this song with some sweet memories. What tickles me the most is that this song, like the Delfonics' 'La La Means I Love You', was a song every guy in my school and neighborhood tried to sing - and couldn't!!
  • John from Nashville, TnThe first two lines of this song were incorporated in Tierra's 1980 remake of the Intruders r&b hit "Together". Tierra's version of the song went top 10 pop.
  • William from New Orleans, LaThis song brings back many fond memories.I remember hearing it when I was a young child,and since I am a musician I've played and sung it also. Great song!
  • Bill from Queens, NyI listened to the song "Cowboys to Girls" a lot when I was in Vietnam with the Marines in 1968. It meant so much to me because it reminded me of growing up and peace and normalcy. It was one of the songs that kept me sane in the midst of carnage and insanity. I would like to thank Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and The Intruders for their precious gift of music.
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