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|"Music to Watch Girls By"|
|Single by The Bob Crewe Generation|
|from the album Music to Watch Girls By|
|B-side||"Girls On the Rocks"|
|The Bob Crewe Generation singles chronology|
|"Music to Watch Girls By"|
|Single by Andy Williams|
|from the album Born Free|
|B-side||"The Face I Love"|
|Producer(s)||Nick De Caro|
|Andy Williams singles chronology|
Crewe first heard the song performed in a jingle demo for a Diet Pepsi commercial, and according to Greg Adams, writing for All Music Guide, the song "exemplified the groovy state of instrumental music at that time." In Bob Crewe's version, a trumpet plays the whole verse, the first time around, sounding like Herb Alpert's Tijuana brass style. The second time the verse is played, a half step up in tone from G minor to A-flat minor, a tenor saxophone plays a jazzier version, accompanied by strings, surf-style guitar (reminiscent of 1960s spy films) and a harpsichord, that play a counter-melody. The trumpets finish up the refrain, and all of the parts are played, repeating the first part in the coda, before the fade.
- A vocal recording from 1967 by Andy Williams, featuring lyrics written by Tony Velona, went to #34 in the United States, and after it was used in a Fiat advertisement in the UK in 1999, the re-released single reached the top ten.
- A version by Al Hirt reached #31 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #119 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967.
- A French-language version, "Le jeu du téléphone", was recorded in 1967 by Lucky Blondo, which was covered by Natacha Snitkine and also Ginette Lemieux (under the mononym Caroline).
- A version of this song, entitled "Music to Watch Space Girls By" was included on the 1967 album Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space.
- Another French-language version, "Ça s’est arrangé", from 1967 by Jean-Paul Keller was featured in the film A Simple Favor from 2018.
- The Higsons covered the vocal version in 1984; this was released on a single and the album The Curse of the Higsons.
- Other instrumental versions of the song were recorded by Billy Vaughn, Chet Atkins and Walter Wanderley.
- Hit Records, 1950-1975 (Google eBook)
- Adams, Greg. "Music to Watch Girls By". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- Leggett, Steve. "The Best of the Bob Crewe Generation:Music to Watch Girls By". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 66.
- "Artist Profile: Andy Williams". The Breeze. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- Al Hirt's "Music To Watch Girls By" Chart Positions Retrieved March 24, 2013.
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