A B C D E F G H, I got a gal in Kalamazoo
Don’t want to boast but I know she’s the toast of Kalamazoo
Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo
Years have gone by, my my how she grew
I liked her looks when I carried her books in Kalamazoo
Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo
I’m gonna send away, hoppin’ on a plane, leavin’ today
Am I dreamin’? I can hear her screamin’
"Hiya, Mr. Jackson"
Everything’s O K A L A M A Z O O
Oh, what a gal, a real pipperoo
I’ll make my bid for that freckle-faced kid, I’m hurryin’ to
I’m goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo
Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, Kalamazoo K A L A M A Z O O, oh oh oh Oh what a gal, a real pipperoo We’re goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo Zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo, zoo Kalamazoo Songwriters: Harry Warren / Mack Gordon I've Got a Girl in Kalamazoo lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc It was during World War II that a song helped immortalize Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Glenn Miller Orchestra introduced “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” in the 1942 musical Orchestra Wives (20th Century-Fox Pictures) starring George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Cesar Romero, a young Jackie Gleason, with a dance number by the Nicholas Brothers. With a moderate swing tempo, writer Mack Gordon and composer Harry Warren produced a number one song capturing the wartime mood of a fella longing for his girl back home. Originally recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra with vocals by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires, it was on the charts for 20 weeks–8 weeks in the top position–and garnered an Academy Award nomination as best song. As a result of the popularity of the tune, there really was a gal here. Sara Woolley (later Knight) was selected by her hometown to represent the “Gal from Kalamazoo.” Her outgoing personality and good looks made the 19-year-old Kalamazoo College student an ideal spokesperson for the city. Her picture and story were published in newspapers, and she became a celebrity. She received mail from her fans, including admiring servicemen, and made many public appearances to sell war bonds and to promote Kalamazoo. She married in 1948, had two children, and died here in 1981. Written by Beth A. Scott, Kalamazoo Public Library Staff, October 1997. Updated 13 July 2005.
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