"Sad Eyes" Robert john EMI-America 8015 Oct. 1979 Billboard: #1t"s together if someone was experimentation Robert John"s patience. Once "Sad Eyes" visited number one, he collection one record for longevity and also tied another. Man waited longer than any kind of other artist because that a number one record. From the moment of his first appearance top top the Billboard warm 100 (as Bobby Pedrick, Jr.) top top November 10, 1958, through "White Bucks and also Saddle Shoes," to the time he topped the graph on October 6, 1979, was two decades and 11 months. That record was eventually damaged by Tina Turner in September 1984 with "What"s Love got to perform With It.""Sad Eyes" gone into the Billboard hot 100 at number 85 on might 19, 1979. When it came down on the top 20 main later, the tied the record collection by Nick Gilder"s "Hot boy In The City" for acquisition the longest lot of time to reach number one. John and also Gilder"s document was eventually broken by Vangelis" "Chariots the Fire" in might 1982.Robert John"s #1 solitary "Sad Eyes" to be culled from his eponymously-named 1979 album, i m sorry peaked at #68 ~ above the Billboard hot 200 and also remained ~ above the charts for 14 weeks. In 2002, Capitol/EMI exit Robert man - standard Masters (above), which functions eight the his Billboard charting hits, including "Sad Eyes," the #3 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and also the #31 "Hey over there Lonely Girl."
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John"s entire career has been a issue of waiting. Born Robert john Pedrick, Jr., in Brooklyn, brand-new York, he began vocalizing in street edge doo-wop groups. He was the command singer on "My Jelly Bean," a regional brand-new York hit by Bobby and also the Consoles. He videotaped for the large Top and also Verve labels, but national success eluded him. As soon as his father died he stop school and went to job-related as manufacturing manager for profession magazines. At some point he started to compose songs through a partner, Mike Gately, and they were signed to a publishing agency owned by Stan Catron and Lou Stallman. A Columbia records staff producer, Dave Robinson, likes their writing and also John"s voice ~ above demos, and recorded "If you Don"t want My Love" (number 49 in June, 1968). An album followed, and the John-Gately team had their songs taped by Lou Rawls, Bobby Vinton and also Blood, Sweat and also Tears."John met producer George Tobin, that was a pan of "If girlfriend Don"t desire My Love." lock collaborated on part singles because that A&M the weren"t hits and parted ways. In 1971 John recorded a covering of the Tokens" number one single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," produced by initial Token Hank Medress. Man was not enthusiastic around recording the song, however he couldn"t afford come be also picky. Released on Atlantic Records, the tune spent 3 weeks in ~ number 3 in March, 1972. "Even ~ "Lion... The agency didn"t have sufficient faith come let me do an album. I decided that if that"s what happens after a number one song, then I just wasn"t walk to song anymore," man told Steve Pond in rolling Stone.In 1978, Tobin called John indigenous California. "I had actually him come out and he stayed in my house," Tobin recalls. "He was in reality a laborer in brand-new Jersey at the time, delivering bricks on a building job. Ns was looking for material for him and I heard a song dubbed "My angel Baby" (by Toby Beau) and said, "That"s the sort of tune Robert have to be doing." so we used that together a structure of reference. Robert wrote "Sad Eyes" and rewrote that for about three months. Every time he"d compose it I"d go, "Nah, change this and change that." us recorded one more song very first and it to be bought by Ariola."Then we got dropped... Yet the president of EMI heard one of the Ariola documents ..we had actually on a juke crate in Florida. The told his organization affairs male to contact me and also see about Robert"s availability." The EMI executive telephoned for six weeks, however Tobin"s secretary misunderstood who he was and also the calls were no returned. "Finally one day I had to pick up the call myself. And he wanted to recognize if ns was interested in do a attend to Robert John. At that point I had actually been turned down by everybody; over there was nobody left to go to.


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Ns mean, i would have literally payment a pair of thousands bucks to get the document out there since we thought in that so much."In 1980, john remade the song "Hey there Lonely Girl," a number 2 hit for 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 entered the Billboard hot 100 on august 23 and peaked in ~ number thirty-one.- Fred Bronson, The Billboard book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988.
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