Georgy Porgy (song)

"Georgy Porgy" (/ˈpɔːri/) is a song written by David Paich, released on Toto's self-titled debut album in 1978. It was released as a single and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (number 48) as well as on both the R&B (number 18)[3] and the Dance (number 80) charts.

"Georgy Porgy"
Single by Toto
from the album Toto
B-side"Child's Anthem"
ReleasedApril 1979
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)David Paich[2]
Toto singles chronology
"I'll Supply the Love"
"Georgy Porgy"

The lead vocals are performed by guitarist Steve Lukather. Cheryl Lynn provided the female backing vocal, singing an adaptation from a nursery rhyme Georgie Porgie.

The song is still performed on tour. It is adapted with improvisational solos on guitar and keyboards.[4]

In a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer, Jeff Porcaro discussed developing the groove for "Georgy Porgy":

"'s imitating Paul Humphrey heavily; it's imitating Earl Palmer very heavily. When it comes to that groove, my biggest influences were Paul Humphrey, Ed Greene, Earl Palmer, and the godfather of that 16th-note groove, James Gadson. That "Georgy Porgy" groove I owe to them."



Guest MusiciansEdit

Cover versionsEdit

A version by US soul band Charme was released in 1979 featuring an uncredited vocal by Luther Vandross. The single was re-released a few years later after the vocalist's rise in popularity and he was then credited as the featured artist.

In 1979, Canadian artist Dwight Druick released a French-language cover of the song.

US disco/jazz-funk band Side Effect released their own version in 1980. It was on their After The Rain album. It made it to 77 in the US R&B charts.

In 1991, rapper MC Lyte sampled this song in her song, Poor Georgie (MC Lyte).

In 1999, a cover version by Eric Benét (with Faith Evans on background vocals) was released as the first single from Benét's album A Day in the Life. Their version reached number 2 in New Zealand.

The song was used by Devin the Dude in his song "Georgy" from album The Dude; and by Guru in "Kissed the World" from album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future also.

In 2002, Japanese musician Ringo Sheena formed the band Yokoshima (邪) solely to play cover of "Georgy Porgy".

Filipino Rock musician Ramon Jacinto together with Bobby Kimball of Toto as rearranged of their song "Georgy" from the 2012 album RJ Duets.


  1. ^ "Soft Rock | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
  2. ^ "Official TOTO Website - Releases". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  3. ^ "Album Search for "toto"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2008-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)