A Guy is a Guy | Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
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A Guy is a Guy, a revamp of an old English tavern song about a girl and an improper man.
A Guy is a Guy
  • Year Inducted: 2006
  • Written In: 1952
Oscar Brand Songwriter
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Ella Fitzgerald
Peggy Lee
Doris Day
June Miller
Oscar Brand is one of the greatest folksingers and songwriters of our time.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Brand moved to the United States as a child, but was always aware of his Canadian roots, returning to Manitoba many times. An ambassador for folk music, Brand hosted the first Mariposa Festival and also hosted Let’s Sing Out for CTV and CBC, welcoming such guests as Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot.

A Guy is a Guy is an adaptation of a Royal navy song entitled, A Gob Is a Slob, which Brand learned from some North Atlantic Royal Navy sailors in Montreal. It was originally based on a 1719 British tune entitled A Knave is a Knave.

A Guy is a Guy was written for and recorded by Doris Day in 1952, quickly going to the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, selling thousands sheet music copies, and giving Day her fourth million-selling record…and all from a song that was once a bawdy soldiers’ tune.

A true journeyman, Brand has written over 1000 songs, recorded over 100 LPs and is the author of four best-selling books of folksong collections. He is credited with work on over 300 documentaries, and has won an Emmy Award for one of his NBC-TV shows, two Peabody Awards and one Lifetime Award, shared with Oprah Winfrey.

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A Guy is a Guy (Oscar Brand) - performed by Divine Brown
"A Guy is a Guy" performed by Canadian Juno Award Winning R&B & Soul singer Divine Brown at the 2006 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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