Betcha By Golly Wow!

Album: The Stylistics (1971)
Charted: 13 3
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Like many of The Stylistics' hits, this song was written by Linda Creed and Thom Bell. Creed wrote the lyrics to many soul classics, including The Greatest Love Of All, which was a huge hit for Whitney Houston shortly before Creed died from cancer. Bell is a producer who was a key figure in the Philadelphia Soul sound, working with acts like The Spinners and The O'Jays. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jeff - Austin, TX
  • In this song, the singer is crazy in love. So much so that he can't formulate real words to express who he feels, and just strings together some G-rated expressions.
  • Prince recorded this on his 1996 album Emancipation. Aaron Neville and the Sugababes also covered the song, and Mariah Carey sampled it for her 2005 song "Stay The Night."

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1972 {March 26th} "Betcha By Golly, Wow" by the Stylistics peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles* chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "In The Rain" by the Dramatics...
    Also at the time, "Betcha By Golly, Wow" was at position #14 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and five weeks later it would peak at #3 {for 1 week}...
    Between 1971 and 1992 the Philadelphia soul group had thirty two records on the Hot Soul Singles chart, thirteen made the Top 10 with the above "Betcha By Golly, Wow" being their biggest hit...
    Russell Allen Thompkins Jr., the falsetto voiced lead singer of the group, celebrated his 69th birthday five days ago on March 21st, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the Hot Soul Singles' Top 10 on March 26th, 1972:
    At #3. "Do Your Thing" by Isaac Hayes
    #4. "Rockin' Robin" by Michael Jackson
    #5. "I Had It All The Time" by Tyrone Davis
    #6. "King Heroin" by James Brown
    #7. "Day Dreaming" by Aretha Franklin
    #8. "I Gotcha" by Joe Tex
    #9. "Hearsay" by the Soul Children
    #10. "Now Run and Tell That" by Denise LaSalle
  • Mary Helen from HomeThe song was originally recorded by Connie Stevens as, Keep Growing Strong a year before the Stylistics cover was a big hit. http://youtu.be/uTokIbPQyB0
  • Tammi from Dumont, NjIt should be mentioned that a great version of this song was recorded by the late Phyllis Hyman. Her version is marvelous and lush. It can be found on both Norman Connors album (original place) and in her catalog of songs.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis is one of those PERFECT Philadelphia Soul gems. You just don't want it to end so soon.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxA true classic! This song is SOOOO underrated. I was happy when Prince covered it, thinking maybe more people would discover what an amazing song this is.
    The lyrics are so simple and basic, yet so heartfelt and genuine. And the melody..trust me, it will get stuck in your head for days. Amazing song from top to bottom.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Dan Reed

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

The Real Nick Drake

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillian

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.

Subversive Songs Used To Sell

Subversive Songs Used To SellSong Writing

Songs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.