A close friend of mine recently directed me to a YouTube video, which contained the musical intro of the opening credits to an obscure Neil Simon film based on a play that he wrote called, “Star Spangled Girl.” Neither the play nor the film were hits in any respect; that’s probably why you’ve never heard of them. The song that is played during those opening moments as a Greyhound Bus travels down Pacific Coast Highway is called, “Girl.”
This is the very same song (with a slightly altered first verse) that Davy Jones was recording as Marcia Brady asked Davy’s lead recording engineer that she speak to him to get him to perform at her high school in the 1971 Brady Bunch episode, “Getting Davy Jones.” I had always appreciated this early 70’s crafted song through my youth and I had learned to play it by ear and and often sang it along with my assorted piano repertoire when nobody was in the house, opening with it’s Carpenters “Close To You” style intro and all. I even went as far as looking for it a few years ago on iTunes to see if it was real but didn't find anything at the time. Haha. What a dork I am!