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"The Most Beautiful Girl" is a song recorded by Charlie Rich and written by Bill Sherrill, Norris Wilson, and Rory Bourke. The countrypolitan ballad reached number 1 in the United States in 1973 on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (two weeks), the country chart (three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (three weeks),[1] as well as in Canada on three RPM charts: the RPM 100 Top Singles chart, the Country Tracks chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1974.

"The Most Beautiful Girl"
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich.jpg
Single by Charlie Rich
from the album Behind Closed Doors
B-side "I Feel Like Goin' Home"
Released September 1973
Genre Country
Length 2:43
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Rory Michael Bourke
Billy Sherrill
Norro Wilson
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Charlie Rich singles chronology
"Behind Closed Doors"
"The Most Beautiful Girl"
"A Very Special Love Song"
"Behind Closed Doors"
"The Most Beautiful Girl"
"A Very Special Love Song"

The song was originally recorded as "Hey Mister" in 1968 by co-writer Wilson. The song also uses a part of "Mama McCluskie", also by Wilson.

Rich's B-side, his own "I Feel Like Going Home", was later covered by Rita Coolidge and was released on her 1974 album Fall into Spring. British pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck included "The Most Beautiful Girl" on his 1973 album Engelbert: King of Hearts.

"The Most Beautiful Girl" was also recorded by Slim Whitman in the 1970s. Andy Williams released a version in 1974 on his album The Way We Were. In 1975 ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad recorded a Swedish-language version called "Vill du låna en man?" (with Swedish lyrics by Stig Anderson) on her solo album Frida ensam. Sergio Franchi recorded the song on his 1976 DynaHouse album 20 Magnificent Songs. Country music boy band South 65 recorded an updated version of the song, titled "The Most Beautiful Girl (2001 Version)", on their 2001 album Dream Large.

The song receives a very brief airing by Brenda Fricker in the film So I Married an Axe Murderer. Jason Alexander also offered a rendition as his character George Costanza on the December 16, 1992, episode of the sitcom Seinfeld titled "The Pick", where he bemoaned the loss of his girlfriend, Susan.[2]


Chart performanceEdit


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 203. 
  2. ^ "The Pick". Seinfeld Scripts. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 289. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 28, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  6. ^ "Top 100 1974 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles of 1974

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