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Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat by Paul Evans

Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat by Paul Evans

The selection for  this week’s Novelty Friday is “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat” by Paul Evans and The Curls. The song about the seven girls kissing and hugging Fred in the back seat of the car while the driver is told to keep his mind on the driving was written by songwriter Lee Pockriss (“Johnny Angel, “Catch a Falling Star,” “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”) and lyricist Bob Hilliard (“Our Day Will Come,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” “Tower of Strength”). Paul Evans was working for them and had written a the hit song “When” by The Kalin Twins. Evans was making demos for other artists, even though he wanted to be a singer/songwriter himself. Pockriss and Hilliard wrote “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat” with Merv Griffin in mind (imagine that). Evans made the demo, and Carlton Records, Merv’s label at the time, said that they started a rock and roll label called Guaranteed Records and would put the Evans’ demo out — with Evans singing. The female vocals on the record are done by The Curls, who were Sue Singleton and Sue Terry.

In 1959, the song went to #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #8 in Norway.  Also in 1959, the British pop vocal group The Avons did a cover, which charted well in the U.K. (#3) and Norway (#6). Something about the song must have tickled the Norwegians’ fancy.

Evans also had charting success as a singer with “Midnight Special,” “Happy-Go-Lucky Me,” and “After the Hurricane.” Evans’ songs have been performed and recorded by Bobby Vinton, who had a #1 hit with “Roses are Red (My Love).” Other artists who recorded Evans’ work include Elvis Presley, Jimmy Dean, Pat Boone, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lymon, Fabian, The Coasters, and Reba McEntire.

Here are the lyrics to “Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat” by Paul Evans:

Dee doody doom doom
Dee doody doom doom
Dee doody doom doom, DOOM

Seven little girls sittin’ in the back seat
Huggin’ and a’kissin with Fred
I said, why don’t one of you come up and sit beside me
And this is what the seven girls said

All together now, one, two, three
Keep your mind on your drivin’
Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead
We’re havin’ fun sittin’ in the back seat
Kissin’ and a’huggin with Fred
Dee doody doom doom, dee doody doom doom
Dee doody doom doom, DOOM

Drove through the town, drove through the country
Showed ’em how a motor could go
I said, how do you like my triple carburetor
And one of them whispered low

All together now, one, two, three
Keep your mind on your drivin’
Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead
We’re havin’ fun sittin’ in the back seat
Kissin’ and a’huggin with Fred
Dee doody doom doom, dee doody doom doom
Dee doody doom doom, DOOM

Seven little girls smoochin’ in the back seat
Every one in love with Fred
I said “you don’t need me, I’ll get off at my house”
And this is what the seven girls said

All together now, one, two, three
Keep your mind on your drivin’
Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead
We’re havin’ fun sittin’ in the back seat
Kissin’ and a’huggin with Fred

All of them in love with Fred
Dee doody doom doom
Kissin’ and a’huggin with Fred
Dee doody doom doom
Wish that I could be like Fred
DOOM

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2 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    Actually didn’t think a lot of people would remember this tune, but for som reason it always stuck in my mind. I found the song a few years ago at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was 10 , and my sister had just bought a transistor radio, we would hear it riding the bus on the way home from school . Thanks for the memory.

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