Hey There Lonely Girl

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"Hey There Lonely Girl"
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Single by Eddie Holman
from the album I Love You
B-side "It's All in the Game"
Released December 1969[1]
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded 1969; Virtue Studios in Philadelphia, PA
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 3:01
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Leon Carr
Earl Shuman
Producer(s) Peter De Angeles

"Hey There Lonely Girl" is a song recorded in 1963, in it's original version by Ruby and the Romantics titled, "Hey There Lonely Boy". The group's original recording and was a Top 30 hit, peaking at #27.[2]. Unlike other Ruby and the Romantics releases, "Hey There Lonely Boy" did not make any other US chart.

Eddie Holman version

In 1969, R&B singer, Eddie Holman recorded and released his own version of the song. It charted in the United States in 1970 and in the United Kingdom in 1974.[3] Holman's recording of "Hey There Lonely Girl" is most recognizable by its disconsolate, sentimental and heavyhearted lyrics, with his falsetto voice. Here is a sample of the chorus:

Hey there lonely girl, lonely girl
Let me make your broken heart like new
Oh, my lonely girl, lonely girl
Don't you know this lonely boy loves you

Chart performance

Holman's song peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, behind, the double A-side single, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is a Star by Sly and the Family Stone.[4] On the US soul singles chart, it went to #4.[5] This version peaked #1 on the Canadian RPM chart. Four years after it's US/Canadian release, the single went to #4 on the UK Singles Chart,[3] his highest charting single in each country.

Other versions

  • Donny Osmond recorded a version of this song on his album, Portrait of Donny.
  • Shaun Cassidy's 1977 version was a track on his debut LP. It reached # 5 in Australia.[6]
  • A version by Robert John was released in 1980 for the album Back on the Street (US #31).[7]
  • Stacy Lattisaw reworked the song from a female perspective. It was included on her 1982 LP, Sneakin' Out.
  • New Edition also did a version on their Under the Blue Moon album released in 1986.
  • British boyband Big Fun recorded a cover for their album "A Pocketful Of Dreams" released in 1990 by PWL, and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
  • A version was released in 2008 by The Uptown Band ft. Erich Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder and appears on the group's debut CD "Waiting for Her".
  • Will Downing did a cover of the first song from the Emotions album, which released in the fall of 2003.
  • Famously used during the second season of the British television sitcom Benidorm (TV series) in which Mel portrayed by Geoffrey Hutchings badly sings this to his fiancee Madge Harvey
  • Soul singer Gerry Woo recorded the song on his 1987 album "Listen To My Heart Beat"

References

  1. ^ Smith, Ronald (2001). Chicago Top 40 Charts 1970-1979. iUniverse. p. 94. ISBN 1462080936.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 546.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 258. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1970-02-21
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 259.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  7. ^ "Hey There Lonely Girl by Eddie Holman". Songfacts. Retrieved October 24, 2008.


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