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John (real name: Robert Pedrick, Jr.) wrote this. It was produced by George Tobin.
This entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #85 on May 19, 1979. It was #1 20 weeks later, tying the record set by Nick Gilder's single "Hot Child In The City" for taking the longest time to reach the peak position.
Robert John first appeared on Billboard Hot 100 on November 10, 1958, as Bobby Pedrick, Jr. From that time on to his first #1, 20 years and 11 months elapsed, setting a longevity record which was eventually broken by Tina Turner in 1984 with "What's Love Got To Do With It." (thanks, Leo - Roma, Italy, for all above)
In 1978, George Tobin called Robert John from California. He recalls in Fred Bronson's The Billboard Book of #1 Hits
: "I had him come out and he lived in my house. He was actually a laborer in New Jersey at the time, carrying bricks on a construction job. I was looking for material for him and I heard a song called 'My Angel Baby' (by Toby Beau) and said, 'That's the kind of song Robert should be doing.' So we used that as a frame of reference. Robert wrote 'Sad Eyes' and rewrote it for about 3 months. Every time he'd write it I'd go, 'Nah, change this and change that.'" (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
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