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Hello It's Me
"Hello It's Me"
Nazz - Hello It's Me.jpg
Cover of the 1969 UK single
Single by Nazz
from the album Nazz
"Open My Eyes"
Released July 1968
Format 7"
Recorded April 1968 (1968-04)
Length 3:57
Label SGC
Todd Rundgren
  • Michael Friedman
  • Nazz
Nazz singles chronology
"Open My Eyes"
(1968)
"Hello It's Me"
(1968)
"Not Wrong Long"
(1969)
"Open My Eyes"
(1968)
"Hello It's Me"
(1969)
"Not Wrong Long"
(1969)
"Hello It's Me"
Helloitsme rundgren.jpg
Cover of the 1974 France single
Single by Todd Rundgren
from the album Something/Anything?
"Cold Morning Light"
Released September 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1971
Genre
Length 3:31 (single)
4:42 (album)
Label Bearsville
Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren singles chronology
"Couldn't I Just Tell You"
(1972)
"Hello It's Me"
(1973)
"A Dream Goes On Forever"
(1974)
"Couldn't I Just Tell You"
(1972)
"Hello It's Me"
(1973)
"A Dream Goes On Forever"
(1974)

"Hello It's Me" is a song written by American musician Todd Rundgren. It was the first original song he ever wrote, and was first recorded by his group Nazz as the B-side of "Open My Eyes" (1968). He recorded another version of "Hello It's Me" for his 1972 solo album Something/Anything?. In September 1973, his solo version was issued as a single, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background

"Hello It's Me" was the first original song by Todd Rundgren.[7] It was first recorded in 1968 by Rundgren's band Nazz and was included on their self-titled debut album.

Although released in October 1968 as the B-side of the group's debut single "Open My Eyes" it was picked up in preference to the A-side by Boston radio station WMEX, where it rose to no. 1, and was subsequently picked up by other stations. It entered the Billboard chart in February 1969, peaking at number 71, and re-entered the charts the following January, this time peaking at number 66.

Rundgren's songs in this early phase of his career were heavily influenced by the work of Laura Nyro, but in a 2005 interview he revealed that the basic structure of the song was adapted from the introduction of a Jimmy Smith recording:

...the main influence for Hello It's Me was an eight bar intro that Jimmy Smith played on a recording of When Johnny Comes Marching Home.  He had this whole sort of block chord thing that he did to set up the intro of the song.  I tried to capture those changes, and those changes became what are the changes underneath Hello It's Me.  I then had to come up with melody and words, but the changes are actually almost lifted literally from something that was, from Jimmy Smith's standpoint, a throwaway.

-- Todd Rundgren, puremusic.com [7]

Todd Rundgren solo version

Rundgren recorded an uptempo version of "Hello It's Me" for his 1972 solo album Something/Anything?. Although a remake of the original, this new version became widely popular and has since become a staple of the classic rock genre.[] An edit of this version was released as a single in September 1973 and became Rundgren's only top ten pop hit, reaching no. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also reached no. 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[8]

Personnel

Chart history

In the media

  • In the pilot of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, the song was first mentioned by Jackie Burkhart and it also played over the ending scene in which Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti were lying on the Vista Cruiser. In addition, the end credits featured Eric and the gang joyfully singing "Hello It's Me" in the car while on their way to a Todd Rundgren concert. This scene was used again during the end credits of the show's series finale.
  • Paul Giamatti's character in the 2000 film Duets performs this song in a karaoke bar.
  • Rundgren performed this song on the show The Midnight Special in 1973.
  • The single was used in a 2009 Tums advertisement.
  • The song is used in the movie The Virgin Suicides.
  • Rundgren's version is used in the 2011 movie Paul.

Other versions

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Todd Rundgren - Great Classics". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Lee (4 May 2015). "Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, Hans-Peter Lindstrom: Runddans". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Greenwald, David (3 April 2014). "The top 10 '70s soft-rock seduction ballads (playlist)". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt (29 July 2014). Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early '70s. St. Martin's Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-4668-7649-1. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ SPIN Media LLC (February 1993). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. p. 53. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Vibe Media Group (October 1999). Vibe. Vibe Media Group. p. 189. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Bill DeMain, "A Converstion with Todd Rundgren", puremusic.com
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-1993. Record Research. p. 208. 
  9. ^ Todd Rundgren- "Hello, It's Me" information @fleetwoodmac.net Retrieved 1-15-2011.[better source needed]
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1974-01-19. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 22, 1973
  13. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  14. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  15. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1974
  16. ^ Hello It's Me at AllMusic
  17. ^ Hello It's Me at AllMusic

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