Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throw Back - Sophia George throws shade at 'too girlie girlie' men

Sophia George
Sophia George is a Jamaican singer best known for her 1985 hit song, "Girlie Girlie" which peaked at No. 7 on the UK Top 10 chart.  Written by Sangie Davis, "Girlie Girlie"  is a tale about the philandering juvenile manipulating the opposite sex and at the time of it's release came when Sophia George was employed as a teacher for deaf children. By December of that year the record was released in the UK and crossed over into the pop chart, peaking at No. 7. It also made the soundtrack for the 1989 American comedy, Going Overboard with actor Adam Sandler playing the lead role.

In 1986, Sophia George released a follow-up track titled, "Lazy Boy," originally a hit for Echo Minott. It made a minor impression in the pop charts and proved a favourable hit within the reggae market. The single was released as a double a-side with the carefully crafted "Can't Live Without You" track which demonstrated her fine vocals.  

In 1987 she released another track entitled, "Final Decision" by producer Willie Lindo, a warning to domineering males emulating the dancehall style of her debut. Other notable recordings included, "Ain't No Meaning" off her 1986 album entitled "Fresh" and featuring Charlie Chaplin, "It Burn Mi Belly" and "Mawga Dog" loosely based around the PeterTosh classic.

"Girlie Girlie" was a major hit in Jamaica with a marathon 11 weeks hold at No. 1 on the then, RJR chart.  The popularity of the song landed Sophia George an extensive touring opportunity including, supporting Yellowman on his 1990 US concerts. She continued to record for the Pow Wow label during the 90s without ever coming close to matching the impact of her greatest hit, "Girlie Girlie." 

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Source: allmusic.com