Sad Eyes

Album: Robert John (1979)
Charted: 31 1

Songfacts®:

  • 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." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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.'" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England

Comments: 17

  • Julia from SocalThat song has a creepy mean cheating vibe. Kicking his girl out because “she’s coming home”. I like the nostalgia of the song but the lyrics are so bad.
  • Mr. Bill from Los AngelesRobert John did sing lead on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" but it was his remake in 1972, not the Tokens original in 1961.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaSorry Paul but that was not the lead singer for the Tokens who did Lion Sleeps Tonight.
  • Jeff from WisconsinDarlene Love, George Tobin, Edna Wright - are credited for singing background vocals.
  • Tony from San DiegoMike from Norwalk, CT- same thing here. I
    was in Rochester NY in 7th grade.
  • Francis Stack from Repentigny ( Quebec) CanadaI wonder who is part of the chorus in this Beautiful song, some female voices rings a bell to me.
  • Michael from Upton, KyBrings back some GREAT memories. Her name was Gloria, God I miss her. I don't know where she is. I was a SFC in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Knox, Ky back then.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 4th 1979, Robert John performed "Sad Eyes" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...Three months earlier on May 13th, 1979 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85; and on September 30th, 1979 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent over half-year on the Top 100 {27 weeks}...It reached #10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...Between 1958 and 1980 he had eight Top 100 records; two made the Top 10, his other Top 10 record was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", it peaked at #3 in 1972...In 1958, using his birth name of Bobby Pedrick, Jr. he entered the Top 100 with "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes", it stayed on the chart for 4 weeks and peaked at #74 {he was 12 years old at the time}.
  • Glen from Cronulla, AustraliaTry to remember the magic that we shared "oh yes, MIDNIGHT BREEZE takes me there!!!! .. In 1980 at Windang, Lake Illawarra.
  • Mike from Norwalk, CtReminds me of Oct. '79. I was in seventh grade back then. I have no great story to tell, just a fab tune!
  • Serenity from San Diego, Cai sang this song over and over when i was preganet at age 20 and the father broke up w/ me to go back to his other kids mom. i guess i should have known they would get back together. oh.. but i have a kick ass honor roll son at a private school son whome my husband adopted :-)
  • Paul from Detroit, MiA great song. I think this is the same guy that sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight back in 1972.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiThis song also takes me back to Kindergarden.It was my favorite song.
  • Derek from Cambridge, New ZealandBeautiful song.... I remember being with my (then) girlfriend overlooking the Manawatu hills with this on the radio....great harmonies.
  • Jennifer from Morrow, GaMy mom still has this album on vinyl !. I haven't seen it in a while. I know where she keeps it though. And I can remember what the cover looks like. At the top, going sideways is his name, and he is sitting kinda in a "laid back" position in what looks to me like a director's chair. I love the song "Sad Eyes" !.
  • Ray from Spring, TxMemories, yes. My girlfriend in college sang along to this song as we rode in my car one day. The next week she broke up with me.
  • Robbie from Whitby, CanadaI agree with Ashley (about damn time), A great tune that brings up lots of memories
    -Robbie, Whitby Ontario
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