100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: Girl Don’t Come- Sandie Shaw. ‘Girl Don’t Come’ was the biggest hit Sandie Shaw would have in the US- and it still fell short of the Top 40 peaking at #42. Part of the problem was the 17 year old Shaw was unable to promote the song in the US because the U.S. Federation of TV and Radio Artists refused to give her a work permit. Bastards. ‘Girl Don’t Come’ was written as a ballad but was recorded at the tempo of Shaw’s first hit’ Always Something There To Remind Me’- she was unhappy with the recording and preferred ‘I’d Be Far Better Off Without You. While her manager disagreed with her she let Shaw have her way and ‘Girl Don’t Come’ was designated to be the b-side. But that was all changed when Sandie Shaw performed both songs on a British television show and ‘ Girl Don’t Come’ got the better response and then started to get the most airplay. It would peak at #3 in the UK Singles chart and would become her ‘signature song.’ ‘Girl Don’t Come’ was later covered by Cher and Debby Boone! among others.
- Single: ‘Girl Don’t Come’- Sandie Shaw
- Record Company- Reprise
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Chris Andrews
- Time: 2:13
- B-side:’ I’d Be Far Better Off Without You’
- Album- Sandie
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #42 in US Billboard Hot 100. #3 in UK Singles Chart.
Neither Sandie nor Cilla Black did especially well here in the US. They were both very good singers, and Sandie sang “Puppet on a String” to win the Eurovision Song Contest (which of course means nothing here). Kind of a shame, too.