Almost Hits: The Fun and Games, “The Grooviest Girl In The World” (1969)

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Sounding like the Turtles on a bubblegum bender, “The Grooviest Girl In The World” received loads of airplay throughout Southern California and the Southwest during the early months of 1969, but for some lame reason, reached only No. 78 on the national charts.

Bursting at the britches with colossal harmonies, merry melodies and references to “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Judy In Disguise With Glasses,” the intensely irresistible ditty boldly declares its love for a “feminine portrait of grace” and talks of playing with her hair and sipping strawberry fizzes.

Dripping with lyrical innocence, but possessing a powerful performance that stops the listener dead in their tracks, “The Grooviest Girl In The World” (UNI Records) sires such a happy, positive vibe that it’s bound to make even the lonely and depressed feel romantic. Additionally assembled of hopping keyboard moves, a catchy chorus of “sha la la la la la la,” strapping breaks and muscular arrangements, the tune spells pop perfection at each and every curve and slope.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, the Fun and Games achieved a great deal of success on a regional level. Definitely worth further investigation is the band’s Elephant Candy album, which features a bedazzling blend of bubblegum bliss and intricate Beach Boys-styled orchestration.

All those who hear “The Grooviest Girl In The World” will readily agree it’s one of the grooviest songs in the world!

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Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at [email protected]
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