Del Reeves performs “Girl on the Billboard” On The Jimmy Dean Show.

The song reached number one on the US country charts, on May 15, 1965, it remained two weeks in a row in this position and twenty weeks on the country charts. Girl on the billboard, was the first and only number one for Del Reeves.

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Girl on the Billboard:

Del Reeves - Girl on the Billboard Lp
Del Reeves – Girl on the Billboard Lp

The song was written by Hank Mills & Walter Haynes, the song was recorded by Del Reeves (born July 14, died January 1, 2007) on December 8, 1964 and was released on single at the beginning of February 1965 for the United label Artists, the production was in charge of Kelso Herston. The song reached number one on the US country charts, on May 15, 1965, it remained two weeks in a row in this position and twenty weeks on the country charts. Girl on the billboard, was the first and only number one for Del Reeves. The song was included in Del Reeves’ second album, Girl on the billboard (1965 United Artist Records).

The song story:
The song tells us how a truck driver, falls in love with a beautiful woman, whose towel is clamped like a streetcar billboard advertisement along Route 66. The truck driver makes the daily route between Chicago and Saint Louis, where he finds the billboard.
In one of his trips, at dawning, while his truck is stopped, he knocks on the door of the artist who painted the billboard, (presumably), he asks for the contact information of the model. The artist replies abruptly, that the model is not real, and that he returns to his truck and follows his route. The disillusioned truck driver, because his fantasy had been broken. The trucker laments during his route, “You’ll find tiny pieces of my heart scattered every which way.”



Del Reeves - Girl on the Billboard Single
Del Reeves – Girl on the Billboard Single

Some versions:

Red Sovine 1965 (Starday Records)
Jim & Jesse 1967 (Epic)
Big Dave & The Tennessee Tailgaters 1976 (Stereo Gold Award)
Dave Dudley 1980 (Sun Records)
Boxcar Willie 1994 (Madacy)
Wylie & the Wild West 1998 (Rounder Records)
Honky Tonk Hangovers 2004 (Big Bender Records)
Aaron Tippin 2009 (Country Crossing Records)
Chuck Mead 2012 (Ramseur Records)





Del Reeves – Girl on the Billboard Lyrics

Doo da doo doo doo doo da doo doo doo

Who is the girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway
Rolling down the highway in my Jimmy hauling freight
From Chicago to St Louis Lord I see her every day
A double clutching weasel like me can hardly ever get a girl to look at him that way
Like the girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway

Well what a girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway
I bet it wouldn’t take her very long to be gone
If someone would pull a dirty trick and take her hot pants away
I slow my Jimmy down to twenty that’s how many wrecks I see there every day
Caused by the girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway

A doo da doo doo doo doo da doo doo doo

Doggone that girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway
Sleepy headed painter said the girl wasn’t real better get the (kwee) on my way
On Route 66 from the billboard to Chicago
You’ll find tiny pieces of my heart scattered every which a way
Shattered by the girl wearing nothing but a smile
And a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big old highway

A doo da doo doo doo doo da doo doo doo dee da dee dee doo

Del Reeves - Girl on the Billboard Single( other version)
Del Reeves – Girl on the Billboard Single( other version)

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