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Young Girl
by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
True story. As a 14-year-old boy in 1968, I had a girl from the "first year" of my senior school (aged 11-12) chasing me to be her boyfriend. I was of course flattered to have ANY female going after me back then (that's what recently-pubescent boys were like in those days, mildly desperate - I've no idea if they still react in the same way these days). However, my male schoolfriends John and Graham said it was totally uncool to date such a "young girl" (see where I'm going with this?), and potentially awkward for us as a social group as she went to the same educational institution as us.

And then, along comes this song by Gary Puckett. (I though "Puckett" - what a strange name. Sounds a bit like "F....." ..... anyway, that's off-this-story so forget it!). Well now, none of the main lyrics actually seemed to fit my situation, or her physical development ("all the charms of a woman": nope; "you've kept the secret of your youth": she's maximum 12 years old, for pity's sake!). Crucially though, it was verse two, where he sings "you're just a baby in disguise", that sealed it for me, and I successfully bored her rigid into leaving go. (That's what I usually did to girls in my teens, due to my dumb cluck nature of the time.)

Kids, eh?

'Gary Puckett & The Union Gap':
:: He dropped out of college to play with his first 'rock' band, the 'Outcasts', and were re-christened the 'Union Gap' in August 1967 (in honour of a suburb of Yakima, where Puckett grew up) - following this, they recorded their first single for 'CBS' called "Woman Woman". Released in the US only, it reached No. 4 in the Billboard Hot 100. ...
:: By 1973, Gary Puckett had essentially disappeared from music, opting to study acting and dance instead. He performed in a number of Los Angeles area theatrical productions, but his acting career never really took off, and in 1984 he signed on with a "golden oldies" package tour called "Happy Together". ...
:: Although Puckett married his wife Shirley in 1979, they later sadly divorced.

In #1968 :
:: Norwegian 15k Olympic cross country champion Harald Gronningen won his second gold medal of the Grenoble Winter Olympics on February 14th, in the 4 x 10k relay. ...
:: On March 4th this year, boxer Joe Frazier defeated Buster Mathis in the 11th round through a technical knockout to win the vacant heavyweight boxing title of the world. ...
:: Five Kentucky public broadcasting television stations commenced operations in the US on September 23rd 1967 - 'WKAS TV' in Ashland, 'WKGB TV' in Bowling Green, 'WKLE TV' in Lexington, 'WKMA TV' in Madisonville and 'WKMR TV' in Morehead.

US: No. 2 - UK: No. 1 (also topped the charts in Ireland, Canada and New Zealand)
1968 - CBS - United States - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 15th October 2019
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