The song was written by Bill Pettaway Jr., Sean “DJ Spen” Spencer, Kevin Liles, Rodney “Kool Rod” Holloman and Ky Adeyemo. “Girl You Know It’s True” was originally recorded by Maryland-based group Numarx in 1987. The Milli Vanilli version of “Girl You Know It’s True”, recorded at Frank Farian’s was released as a single in June 1988 as the lead single from their debut album “All or Nothing” (“Girl You Know It’s True” in the U.S.) and became one of the group’s most recognizable hits. However, Milli Vanilli’s success was later marred by controversy related to their authenticity as vocal performers.
The song itself is characterized by its catchy and danceable sound, featuring a repetitive and infectious melody. The lyrics revolve around themes of love and attraction, with the narrator expressing his feelings for a woman. Milli Vanilli was initially celebrated for their music and image, but it was later revealed that the duo did not actually sing on their recordings. The actual vocal performances were provided by other singers. This revelation led to a significant scandal in the music industry, and Milli Vanilli’s Grammy Award for Best New Artist was ultimately revoked.
Despite the controversy, “Girl You Know It’s True” was a commercial success when it was originally released, reaching the top of the music charts in various countries. The song’s infectious melody and danceable sound resonated with audiences, contributing to its initial popularity.
While Milli Vanilli’s authenticity as artists was called into question, “Girl You Know It’s True” remains a notable track in the context of late 1980s pop music. It’s often remembered both for its catchy sound and for the controversy surrounding the duo’s career.