"Sad Eyes" Robert man EMI-America 8015 Oct. 1979 Billboard: #1t"s together if who was trial and error Robert John"s patience. When "Sad Eyes" went to number one, he set one document for longevity and tied another. John waited much longer than any kind of other artist because that a number one record. From the moment of his very first appearance top top the Billboard hot 100 (as Bobby Pedrick, Jr.) on November 10, 1958, v "White Bucks and also Saddle Shoes," to the moment he topped the chart on October 6, 1979, was 20 years and 11 months. That document was eventually broken by Tina Turner in September 1984 v "What"s Love acquired to do With It.""Sad Eyes" gone into the Billboard warm 100 in ~ number 85 on may 19, 1979. As soon as it landed on the height 20 mainly later, it tied the record set by Nick Gilder"s "Hot kid In The City" for acquisition the longest amount of time to with number one. John and Gilder"s record was eventually damaged by Vangelis" "Chariots the Fire" in might 1982.Robert John"s #1 single "Sad Eyes" was culled native his eponymously-named 1979 album, which peaked in ~ #68 on the Billboard warm 200 and also remained on the charts because that 14 weeks. In 2002, Capitol/EMI released Robert man - classic Masters (above), which attributes eight that his Billboard charting hits, including "Sad Eyes," the #3 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and the #31 "Hey over there Lonely Girl."
John"s entire career has been a matter of waiting. Born Robert man Pedrick, Jr., in Brooklyn, new York, he started vocalizing in street corner doo-wop groups. He was the lead singer on "My Jelly Bean," a regional brand-new York struggle by Bobby and the Consoles. He recorded for the large Top and Verve labels, however national success eluded him. Once his father died he quit school and went to job-related as production manager for trade magazines. Ultimately he started to write songs v a partner, Mike Gately, and they were signed to a publishing firm owned by Stan Catron and Lou Stallman. A Columbia documents staff producer, Dave Robinson, likes your writing and also John"s voice ~ above demos, and recorded "If girlfriend Don"t want My Love" (number 49 in June, 1968). An album followed, and the John-Gately team had actually their songs tape-recorded by Lou Rawls, Bobby Vinton and Blood, Sweat and also Tears."John met producer George Tobin, that was a fan of "If girlfriend Don"t desire My Love." they collaborated on some singles because that A&M the weren"t hits and also parted ways. In 1971 John recorded a covering of the Tokens" number one solitary "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," developed by initial Token Hank Medress. Man was not enthusiastic about recording the song, but he couldn"t afford to be too picky. Exit on Atlantic Records, the track spent 3 weeks at number 3 in March, 1972. "Even ~ "Lion... The agency didn"t have sufficient faith come let me perform an album. I determined that if that"s what happens after a number one song, climate I just wasn"t walking to sing anymore," man told Steve Pond in rojo Stone.In 1978, Tobin dubbed John from California. "I had actually him come out and he resided in my house," Tobin recalls. "He was actually a laborer in brand-new Jersey in ~ the time, delivering bricks ~ above a building and construction job. I was looking for material for him and also I heard a song referred to as "My angel Baby" (by Toby Beau) and said, "That"s the kind of track Robert must be doing." for this reason we supplied that as a frame of reference. Robert composed "Sad Eyes" and also rewrote that for around three months. Every time he"d write it I"d go, "Nah, adjust this and change that." us recorded an additional song first and it was bought by Ariola."Then we gained dropped... But the president of EMI heard one of the Ariola records ..we had actually on a juke box in Florida. The told his service affairs male to call me and also see about Robert"s availability." The EMI executive telephoned for six weeks, yet Tobin"s secretary misunderstood that he was and the phone call were not returned. "Finally at some point I had to choose up the phone call myself. And he wanted to recognize if ns was interested in make a address Robert John. At that point I had actually been turned under by everybody; over there was nobody left to go to.
Ns mean, i would have actually literally paid a couple of thousand bucks to gain the record out there due to the fact that we thought in it so much."In 1980, john remade the song "Hey there Lonely Girl," a number two hit because that Eddie Holman in February 1970 and (as "Hey over there Lonely Boy") a number twenty-seven hit because that Ruby and also the Romantics in respectable 1963. It gotten in the Billboard hot 100 on respectable 23 and also peaked in ~ number thirty-one.- Fred Bronson, The Billboard publication of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988.
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