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My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) – Chilliwack

chiliwack Chilliwack is playing in my head once again. It must be 1981. I was in junior high. MTV was brand new. This song was HUGE.

The hook is devastatingly simple: “Gone, gone, gone she’s been gone so long/She’s been gone, gone, gone so long/Gone, gone, gone she’s been gone so long/wonder if I’m ever gonna see my girl”

Read the “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)” lyrics

Admit it. You loved the song. I still love the song. I like to imagine Toto snuck into the studio for a secret meeting with Foreigner and covertly birthed this gem of a song that hit #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Canada. Sadly, it is mostly forgotten on the airwaves today–unless you’ve stumbled upon a “Lost Hits of the 80s” weekend.

They followed up “My Girl” with a song called “I Believe” that hit #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, which makes Chilliwack a two-hit wonder band. But since the only song you likely know from Chilliwack is “My Girl,” we’re counting them as legitimate one-hit wonders.

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Actually, Chilliwack was a Canadian band with a man named Bill Henderson at the center of the action. His claim to fame besides this song? His daughter, Camille Henderson, sang with Sarah McLachlan for a few years in the mid-1990s. I remember Sarah introducing Camille at a show as the daughter of the lead singer from Chilliwack. She was met with thunderous silence as people searched their minds for any germ of a memory about this mysterious Chilliwack band. Sarah and Chilliwack are Canadians. They’ve got to look out for each other. Respect.

Regardless, “My Girl (gone, Gone, Gone)” is, was and will always remain a great slice of early 80s pop.

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My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) - Chilliwack

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I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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