White Lies, Blue Eyes

Album: Hit of the '70s (1971)
Charted: 28


  • The songwriters Lanny Lambert and Bobby Flax composed this tale of an imminent breakup at the hands of a manipulative girlfriend. The song was recorded by lead singer Ernie Sorrentino using studio musicians and released by their label Big Tree Records under the name Bullet. When the song became a hit, an actual band was needed to promote it, so the drummer Mike Micara and keyboard/trumpet player Roget Pontbriand joined Sorrentino. Pontbriand tells us they shot their promotional photos in Central Park the day after they met. They performed the song on American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show and The Mike Douglas Show. Says Pontbriand: "We recorded two other singles. 'Willpower Weak, Temptation Strong,' which had amazing energy and should have faired better, but did make it into the top 100, and 'Little Bit O' Soul' (a cover of the Music Explosion's 1967 hit). The group toured for two years - with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and the Temptations, among others."

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 31st 1971, "Whites Lies, Blue Eyes" by Bullet entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98; and ten weeks later on January 9th, 1972 it peaked at #28 {for 1 week} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    The band had one other Top 100 record, "Willpower Weak, Temptation Strong"; it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #96.
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