The Goodbye Girl (song)

Released December 1977
Format 45 RPM
Genre Soft rock
Label Elektra Records

Writer(s) David Gates
Producer(s) David Gates

“The Goodbye Girl” is a single released by David Gates, lead singer of Bread, in 1977 following the premiere of the hit movie of the same name. As the theme song to the movie, the song reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number 7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song appeared on his studio album Goodbye Girl, released the following year.

The alternative rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, released a cover of “The Goodbye Girl” on their compilation album, The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish: 1993–2003 (2004). Their version was recorded for the television remake of the original film.

David Gates – vocals, piano, bass, acoustic guitar
Dean Parks – electric guitar
Mike Botts – drums