"Windy" is a pop music song written by Ruthann Friedman and recorded by The Association. Released in 1967, the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of that year. Later in 1967, an instrumental version by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery became his biggest Hot 100 hit when it peaked at number forty-four. "Windy" was The Association's second U.S. number-one, following "Cherish" in 1966.
According to rumor, the original lyrics by Ruthann Friedman were about a man, and The Association changed them to be about a woman However, Friedman eventually admitted that it had in fact been written about her dog, who had "stormy eyes" and walked "down the streets of the city, smiling at everybody she sees..."
The song was featured in an episode of The Drew Carey Show, where the character Nigel Wick (played by Craig Ferguson) played it on the harp. It was also featured recently in the second season finale of HBO's Big Love, where Teeny Henrickson leads a children's dance troupe while the song is playing for the annual Pioneers Festival.
The harpsichord/bass guitar riff on Windy is similar to the guitar riff on the 1966 song "Kicks" by Paul Revere and the Raiders.