Tell It Like It Is

Album: The Very Best Of The Neville Brothers (1966)
Charted: 2
  • If you want something to play with
    Go and find yourself a toy
    Baby, my time is too expensive
    And I'm not a little boy

    If you are serious
    Don't play with my heart, it makes me furious
    But if want me to love you
    Then, baby, I will, girl, you know I will

    Tell it like it is
    Don't be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
    But I-I-I-I-I know deep down inside of me
    I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride

    Life is too short to have sorrow
    You may be here today and gone tomorrow
    You might as well get what you want
    So go on and live, baby, go on and live

    Tell it like it is
    I'm nothing to play with, go and find yourself a toy
    But I-I-I-I-I
    Tell it like it is
    My time is too expensive
    And I'm not your little boy, mmm tell it like it is

Comments: 8

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1989 {April 16th} Billy Joe Royal's covered version of "Tell It Like It Is" peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Country Singles* chart, for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "The Church On Cumberland Road" by Shenandoah ...
    "Tell It Like It Is" also reached #2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart...
    Between 1985 and 1992 the Morehead City, North Carolina native had fifteen records on the Hot Country Singles chart, six made the Top 10 with his two biggest hits both reaching #2, the above "Tell It Like It Is" and "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" for one week in January of 1990...
    One of his fifteen charted records was a duet with Donna Fargo, "Members Only", it peaked at #23 in 1987...
    Billy Joe Royal passed away at the age of 73 on October 6th, 2015...
    May he R.I.P.
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of Billboard's Hot Country Singles Top 10 on April 16th, 1989:
    At #3. "Hey Bobby" by K.T. Oslin
    #4. "Young Love" by The Judds
    #5. "Fair Shake" by Foster and Lloyd
    #6. "Don't Toss Us Away" by Patty Loveless
    #7. "You Got It" by Roy Orbison
    #8. "Is It Still Over" by Randy Travis
    #9. "Setting Me Up" by Highway 101
    #10. "She Deserves You" by Baillie and The Boys
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1967 {January 22nd} "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville peaked at #2* {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top 100 chart, the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "I'm A Believer" by the Monkees...
    And on January 1st, 1967 it reached #1 {for 5 weeks} on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1966 and 1995 the New Orleans, Louisiana native had nine records on the Top 100 chart, three made the Top 10 with his two biggest hits both peaking at #2, the above "Tell It Like It Is" and "Don't Know Much" {with Linda Ronstadt} for 1 week in December of 1989...
    Besides "Tell It Like It Is" and "Don't Know Much", his third Top 10 record was "Everybody Plays The Fool", it peaked at #8 {for 1 week} in October of 1991...
    Three of his nine charted records were duets with Linda Ronstadt, the above "Don't Know Much", "All My Life" {#11 in 1990}, and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" {#78 in 1990}...
    Aaron Joseph Neville will celebrated his 79th birthday in two days on January 24th, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, before peaking at #2 "Tell It Like It Is" spent three consecutive weeks at position #3...
    Plus the remainder of the Billboard Top 10 on January 22nd, 1967:
    At #3. "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsmen
    #4. "Georgy Girl" by the Seekers
    #5. "Words of Love" by The Mamas and the Papas
    #6. "Standing In The Shadows of Love" by the Four Tops
    #7. "Good Thing" by Paul Revere and the Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsay
    #8. "Nashville Cats" by the Lovin’ Spoonful
    #9. "Kind of a Drag" by the Buckinghams
    #10. "(We Ain’t Got) Nothin' Yet" by the Blues Magoos...
  • Janet Aldrich from Estlake, OhioThey make it sound like Aaron Neville never had other hits. "Everybody Plays the Fool" and "Don't Take Away My Heaven" both charted well, and his Christian albums have charted on the Gospel side.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 3rd 1967, Aaron Neville was one the acts* to appear in concert at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee; ticket prices were $2.50, $3.00, and $3.50...
    At the time his "Tell It Like It Is" was at #4 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; just under two weeks earlier on January 22nd, 1966 it had peak at #2 {for 1 week}...
    {See the next post below}
    * Other acts on the bill were Otis Redding, the Marvelettes, the Drifters, and James & Bobby Purify; and they all had a record on the Top 100 at the time.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 4th 1981, "Tell It Like It Is" by Heart peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 16th, 1980 and spent 16 weeks on the top 100...
    It reached #4 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    The original version by Aaron Neville reached #2 (for 1 week) on January 22nd, 1967 (the record that kept it out of the top spot was "I'm A Believer" by the Monkees)...
    His version peaked at #1 (for 5 weeks) on January 1st, 1967 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart (he was born on January 24th, 1941; so he got to celebrate his 26th birthday on the day he was at #1 in R&B chart and #2 on the Top 100).
  • Tony from Vienna, WvWow, what a beautiful voice.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1976 crooner Andy Williams covered this song, it peaked at No. 72 and stayed in the Top 100 for six weeks!!!
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnHeart covered this in 1980; their version hit #8 U.S.
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