“The Most Beautiful Girl” is a song recorded by Charlie Rich and written by Billy Sherrill, Norro Wilson, and Rory Bourke. The countrypolitan ballad reached No. 1 in the United States in 1973 on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (two weeks), the country chart (three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (three weeks), as well as in Canada on three RPM charts: the RPM 100 Top Singles chart, the Country Tracks chart, and the Adult Contemporary chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1974.
The song is actually a merging of two songs previously recorded by Wilson: “Hey Mister” (from 1968). which forms a major part of the song; and “Mama McCluskie”, used in part in the chorus.
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