Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Robert John (born Robert John Pedrick, Jr., 1946, Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter.)

He is best remembered for the 1979 hit, "Sad Eyes". This song, which features John's falsetto vocals, reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier, in 1963 he recorded as the lead singer with Bobby & the Consoles. Recording for Diamond records, they had a small local hit with "My Jelly Bean". Hold on all you non-Doo-Wop lovers, for y’all, it gets better…

John, then known as Bobby Pedrick, first hit the pop chart in 1958 when he was only 12 years old with "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes", written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.

By 1965 he had changed his name and signed with MGM records for two ill fated singles. In 1967 he signed a contract with Columbia records and released a string of singles with help from writing partner Mike Gately. After a short tenure with Herb Alpert's A&M records (1970–71)

1971 brought his next hit, a cover of The Tokens' 1961 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which climbed to #3 in 1972. This disc sold over one million copies, and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 15, 1972 Unfortumately, this million seller can’t be found on the internet (I’ll keep looking)

On his 1979 album, “Robert John” he had a minor hit, in his own right, with LONELY EYES-- The single reached #41 in the US charts.  

Robert John’s only in his own right “monster” hit, “Sad Eyes” hit Number One on the Billboard Chart on October 6, 1979 

In 1980 Robert John killed on a cover of the 1970 Eddie Holman classic “Hey There Lonely Girl” but never got the recognition he deserves

SO MANY "Blue Eyed Soul" singers have just come short of making it (Ann Arbor/Detroit Michigan's SCOTT MORGAN, for example). Keep on keepin' on, my brothers and sisters, your day will come...

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