LINDA GEORGE
Mama's Little Girl
(Dennis Lambert - Brian Potter)
Australia 1974
#6 Sydney #13 Melbourne #12 Brisbane #5 Adelaide #6 Perth

Linda George: Soul influenced singer, formerly with Melbourne band Nova Express, who went into session work after a successful solo career in the 70s. She later became a voice teacher at the Victorian College of the Arts and in schools as well as privately.

Mama's Little Girl was on Linda George's first album Linda. The follow-up single was Give It Love/Yesterday And You, two further tracks on that album.

Further reading: 1. Milesago's Linda George page for discography and biography. 2. Linda George at Wikipedia

Suggestion from John Yeager. Thanks to Terry Stacey.

THE TAVARES
Mama's Little Girl
(Dennis Lambert - Brian Potter)
USA 1974

On 1974 Capitol album Check It Out by the five Tavares Brothers from New Bedford MA, produced by Johnny Bristol. The smooth soul-disco group had eight national Top 40 hits 1973-1982, including It Only Takes A Minute (1075, #10 USA) and Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (1976, #15).

The writers of Mama's Little Girl, Lambert & Potter, contributed two songs to this album and produced two subsequent Tavares albums.

Further reading: Tavares biography at All Music Guide.

RENEE GEYER
Mama's Little Girl
(Dennis Lambert - Brian Potter)
Australia 1974

Renee Geyer: Versatile Sydney soul/jazz/blues singer active since the early 70s, working in Australia and America. See, for example, her career outline at Howlspace [archived page] and her official website.

From the 1974 RCA album It's A Man's Man's World.

Thanks to Mike Robbins for version alert.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Mama's Little Girl
(Dennis Lambert - Brian Potter)
USA 1973
Original version

On 1973 Dunhill album, Cameo, produced by songwriters Lambert & Potter with Steve Barri. See the Dusty Springfield album discography at Softshoe's Music Matters. Also released on a single, B-side of Learn To Say Goodbye.

Lambert and Potter were engaged as songwriters for ABC-Dunhill in 1969, often working with Steve Barri, for example by contributing to the 1969 Grass Roots album Leavin' It All Behind.

They moved on to production on such albums as the post-Motown Four Tops' Keeper Of The Castle and Glenn Campbell's landmark Rhinestone Cowboy. Their better known compositions include One Tin Soldier (Coven, Small Faces) and Don't Pull Your Love (Out) (Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds). For their own label, Haven, they produced (but didn't write) Player's 1978 hit Baby Come Back.

Earlier, Lambert had been one half of folk-rock duo Lambert and Nuttycombe, and he released a solo album, Bags and Things, in 1972.

Further reading: Steve Huey's account of Dennis Lambert's career at All Music Guide.

REPARATA & THE DELRONS
Mama's Little Girl
(Chip Taylor)
USA 1966
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Mama's Little Girl" by Linda George.

Single on RCA Victor label.

Thanks to Phil Chapman.

PAUL MCCARTNEY
Mama's Little Girl
(Paul McCartney)
UK 1990
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Mama's Little Girl" by Linda George.

Single on Parlaphone (UK), Capitol (USA), B-side of Put It There.

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