is a song recorded byCharlie Richand written byBilly SherrillNorro Wilson, andRory Bourke. Thecountrypolitanballad reached number 1 in theUnited Statesin 1973 on threemusic charts:the pop chart(two weeks),the country chart(three weeks), andthe adult contemporary chart(three weeks),Top Singles chart, the Country Tracks chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart.

The song was originally recorded as Hey Mister in 1968 by co-writer Wilson. The song also uses a part of Mama McCluskie, also by Wilson.

RichsB-side, his own I Feel Like Going Home, was later covered byRita Coolidgeand was released on her 1974 albumFall into Spring. British pop singerEngelbert Humperdinckincluded The Most Beautiful Girl on his 1973 albumEngelbert: King of Hearts.

The Most Beautiful Girl was also recorded bySlim Whitmanin the 1970s.Andy Williamsreleased a version in 1974 on his albumThe Way We Were. In 1975ABBAsingerAnni-Frid Lyngstadrecorded a Swedish-language version called Vill du låna en man? (with Swedish lyrics byStig Anderson) on her solo albumFrida ensam.Sergio Franchirecorded the song on his 1976 DynaHouse album20 Magnificent Songs. Country music boy bandSouth 65recorded an updated version of the song, titled The Most Beautiful Girl (2001 Version), on their 2001 albumDream Large.

The song receives a very brief airing byBrenda Frickerin the filmSo I Married an Axe Murderer.Jason Alexanderalso offered a rendition as his characterGeorge Costanzaon the December 16, 1992, episode of the sitcomSeinfeldtitledThe Pick, where he bemoaned the loss of his girlfriend, Susan.3

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