Friday, August 07, 2009

Number 374 - Robert John

Number 374

Robert John

"Sad Eyes"

................Genre: Soft Rock...............
art by evilcorgi
I have some good news, or bad, depending on the you, Creed have reformed for a new album and tour, which is great news to me as i like this band for their music. Whereas, with this upcoming news, some of the die hard haters of Creed will be running for the hills. Here is a comment from Hank who wrote on Rolling Stone's wall "Does anyone remember that Stapp was the most hated musician in the world ? Or that he was the biggest jerk in music ? Or that Creed was considered the worst band in the world ? People PAID to see these reunited goofs ? You should all hang your heads in shame." This a pretty typical response from most Creed haters. Justification? Most likely a snowball effect of a bandwagon of people who have nothing better to do. If you do not like a type of music, don't buy it. I thought that this concept would be very simple, like Hank.
arrrggghhhh my toe !!!!!
Best-known for his 1979 number one hit "Sad Eyes," pop singer Robert John actually charted for the first time in 1958 as a doo wop singer, giving him one of the longest spans ever between an artist's chart debut and first number one single. John was born Robert John Pedrick Jr. in Brooklyn in 1946; armed with a distinctively high tenor voice, he first recorded for Big Top at age 12, billed as Bobby Pedrick. His debut single, "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes," charted in 1958, as did the follow-up "Pajama Party" early the next year. Pedrick shuffled between at least seven labels over the course of the '60s, recording a few singles along the way that failed to match his earlier success. He led the short-lived group Bobby & the Consoles in 1963, and also moonlighted as a record producer, helming an obscure folk-pop single by the Carousel in 1967; the following year, he began billing himself as Robert John. In 1971, he signed with Atlantic and soon landed a Top Ten smash with a remake of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which showed that the vocal range of his youth hadn't changed much; no more hits appeared to be forthcoming, though, and John was sent packing. In 1979, he resurfaced on EMI with the album Night Songs, and late that year, the smooth pop ballad "Sad Eyes" went all the way to number one. No follow-up proved nearly as popular and John resumed his nomadic career path; his last chart single came in 1983 with a remake of "Bread and Butter" on Motown. ~ [Steve Huey, All Music Guide]
Theres someone in my head
Released in April 1979, "Sad Eyes" debuted May 19 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100. The song slowly inched its way up the chart throughout the late spring and summer, finally reaching the top of the chart on October 6 — nearly three weeks into the fall. "Sad Eyes" was one of the few non-disco No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 during 1979. During the first 10 months of the year, 13 of the year's 16 chart-toppers to the time when "Sad Eyes" reached No. 1 were disco or had strong disco influences. The mid-tempoed ballad "What a Fool Believes," and new wave-sounding "My Sharona" were the other non-disco/disco-influenced No. 1s. It was Michael Jackson that knocked of Robert John from the top spot in 1979 with Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Michael Jackson see Number 383, #580, #621
For Creed see MM Vol 1 #003, #048
What does RS think? Do we really want to know? No, because in reality, they don't even know.
b. Robert John Pedrick Jnr., 1946, Brooklyn, New York, USA. In 1958, when he was aged 12, Bobby Pedrick (as he was named on record then) charted with his debut "White Bucks And Saddle Shoes". He recorded without success on Shell in 1960 and Duel in 1962 and fronted Bobby And The Consoles on Diamond a year later. As a soloist again, this high tenor recorded on MGM in 1965 and on their Verve subsidiary in 1966. After a name change to Robert John he hit the Hot 100 in 1968 on Columbia and 1970 on A&M. His first big success was a falsetto revival of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (produced by a member of the Tokens whose original of the song also reached the charts), which made number 3 in the US charts in 1972 on Atlantic. Yet again he had a period of little activity until 1979 when he scored his biggest success with his own composition "Sad Eyes" on EMI. The record spent six months in the US chart reaching number 1 and was also his only UK Top 40 entry. After a couple of lower chart records, he moved to Motown and was last in the Top 100 with a revival of "Bread And Butter" in 1983, stretching his span of hits to 25 years. ~ [Source: NME] er, thanks NME, but ah .... that's pretty much what i had above.
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '374th Song of all Time' was "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #783
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Are you taking the piss again?) and the Album ranked at (We are ignoring you now)
This song has a Definitive rating of 79.9 out of 108
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