Younger Girl
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Younger Girl
"Younger Girl"
Younger Girl" - The Critters.jpg
Single by The Critters
from the album Younger Girl
"Gone for Awhile"
ReleasedMay 1966
John Sebastian
Artie Ripp
The Critters singles chronology
"Younger Girl"
"Mr. Dieingly Sad"

"Younger Girl" is a song written by John Sebastian and originally recorded by his band, The Lovin' Spoonful, for their 1965 debut album Do You Believe in Magic.[1] The song's tune and lyric are based upon "Prison Wall Blues" (1930) by Cannon's Jug Stompers.[]

Two versions of the song charted in the U.S., both released in 1966. The American pop group The Critters' version (Kapp 752), the title track from their debut LP, reached number 42 on Billboard's Hot 100 and number 21 on the Cash Box Top 100,[2] peaking on both charts on July 9. In Canada, "Younger Girl" reached number nine.[3] On the UK Singles Chart, it reached number 38.[4]

The song was also covered by the West Coast studio group and surf act The Hondells (Mercury 72563), peaking July 2, at number 52 Billboard and number 38 Cash Box.[5]

Chart performance

The Critters version
Chart (1966) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 18
Canada RPM Top Singles[3] 9
UK [4] 38
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 42
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[2] 21
The Hondells version
Chart (1966) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 52
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 38


  1. ^ Allmusic album info
  2. ^ a b Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 9, 1966
  3. ^ a b The Cyrkle, "Red Rubber Ball" Canadian chart position Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 127. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 9, 1966
  6. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002

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