Run To Him

Album: Bobby Vee's Golden Greats (1961)
Charted: 6 2

Songfacts®:

  • "Run To Him" was written by Jack Keller and Gerry Goffin under the mighty tutelage of Aldon music at the much-lauded Brill Building in New York City (Keller was the more established writer at this point - he co-wrote two #1 hits of 1960, both for Connie Francis: "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own" and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool"). It was intended to be a follow-up hit to Vee's "Take Good Care Of My Baby," which was written by Goffin and Carole King.

    Don Kirshner, co-founder of Aldon Music, wanted "Run To Him" for the Everly Brothers. Don's reasoning was that he had wanted a hit with them ever since opening Aldon's doors, thinking that a hit with them on the Pop charts would also cross over to the Country charts for even more success. However, Bobby Vee's producer Snuff Garrett dropped by Aldon's office to pick up demos for Vee. There he found a stack of songs written and demoed at Aldon marked for Vee, and right next to it one lone demo for the Everly Brothers. Garrett swept the whole pile together, and out of those songs, "Run To Him" was the one he chose for Bobby Vee.
  • Notice that this song continues the lyrical theme from "Take Good Care Of My Baby," that of selfless love such that one would forsake their own happiness, or as a passive-aggressive guilt trip - depending on how you interpret it! This was probably quite intentional.
  • Words cannot describe the magical atmosphere of Aldon Music at the time this song was written. As given by Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, the husband-and-wife team of King and Goffin were in a half-friendly competition with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, another husband-and-wife songwriting team working at Aldon. "There was a camaraderie but the underlying competition was close," remembered Artie Kaplan, who was very close with both couples. "When each of them had a success, it sometimes took a few months for them to talk to one another, but they always came back with warm ferocity."

    The book further goes on to describe the setup: "The cubicles that they wrote in were actually half a dozen closet-sized music rooms lined up in a row against one wall. They looked like telephone booths, only slightly bigger. Each room was barely big enough for an upright piano, a chair, and an ashtray."
  • The Tokens' #1 hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was the only thing keeping "Run To Him" out of the #1 spot in America.

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 23, 1961, Bobby Vee appeared in the 'Holiday Show' revue at the Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York...
    At the time his "Run To Him"* was at #29 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the following week the record's B-side, "Walkin' With My Baby", entered the Top 100 at position #96...
    Five weeks later "Run To Him" would peak at #2 {for 1 week} and it spent fifteen weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1959 and 1970 Bobby Vee had thirty-eight Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Take Good Care of My Baby", for 3 weeks on September 18th, 1961...
    Bobby Vee, born Robert Thomas Velline, passed away at the age of 73 on October 24th, 2016...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week "Run To Him" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the 'Holiday Show' revue started at 8:00PM, a ticket cost $1.40, and on the same bill was Troy Shondell, at the time his "This Time" was at #9 on the Top 100.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 6th 1962, Bobby Vee hosted a 'March of Dimes' benefit show in Houston, Texas...
    At the time his "Run To Him" was at #3, the week before it had peaked at #2 {for 1 week}...
    And the record's B-side, "Walkin' With My Angel", was at position #69...
    Plus at the very same time there were four other 'Bobbys' on the Top 100...
    #21. Bobby Rydell with "Jingle Bell Rock" {a duet with Chubby Checker}...
    #41. Bobby Helms with the original version of "Jingle Bell Rock" {the fourth of five times that it made the Top 100}...
    #51. Bobby Bland with "Turn On Your Love Light"...
    #53. Bobby Darin with "Irresistible You"...
    #63. Bobby Darin again, with "Multiplication".
  • David from Barnsley, United KingdomThe song was arranged by Carole King which I think was the usual process. Little Eva also recorded the song under the title "Run to Her".
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn Christmas day, 1961, "Run To Him" by Bobby Vee peaked at #2 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 7th and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #6 on the U.K. Singles chart...
    The record's B-side, "Walkin' With My Angel", also made the Top 100, it peaked at #53 and stayed on the chart for 9 weeks...
    Mr. Vee, born Robert Thomas Velline, will celebrate his 71st birthday come next April 30th...
    May God bless and keep watch over Mr. Vee.
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