Hello Stranger

Album: Hello Stranger (1963)
Charted: 3
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  • (Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)
    (Shoo-bop, shoo-bop)

    Hello, stranger
    (Oh) It seems so good to see you back again
    How long has it been?
    (Oh, seems like a mighty long time)
    (Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
    It seems like a mighty long time

    Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, m
    I'm so glad
    You stopped by to say "hello" to me
    Remember that's the way it used to be
    Oh, it seems like a mighty long time
    (Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh)
    It seems like a mighty long time

    Lewis sings a series of "oh-uh-oh's"on both sides of "I'm so glad you're here
    Again" while backups do 7 (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby)'s

    Oh-ahh-uh-oh
    If you're not gonna stay
    (Oh) Please don't treat me like you did before
    Because I still love you so a-a-although
    It seems like a mighty long time
    Shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby, ooh
    It seems like a mighty long time

    Lewis does " Oh-uh-oh, I my, my, my, my" and "I'm so happy that you're here
    Again" and backups repeat (shoo-bop, shoo-bop, my baby) to endWriter/s: BARBARA ANN LEWIS
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 8

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 21st 1977, Yvonne Elliman performed "Hello Stranger" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was in its first of two weeks at #15 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that was also its peak position on the chart...
    And on April 24th, 1977 it reached #1 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1971 and 1979 the Hawaiian songster had seven Top 100 records; with one making the Top 10 and it reached #1*, "If I Can't Have You" for one week on May 7th, 1978...
    Yvonne Marianne Elliman will celebrate her 64th birthday this coming December 29th {2015}...
    * "If I Can't Have You" prevented "The Closer I Get to You" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway from reaching #1, the duo peaked at #2.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 28th 1963, "Hello Stranger" by Barbara Lewis entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and on June 16th, 1963 it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on June 30th it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The two weeks the song was at #3; the #1 record was "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto and #2 was "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore...
    "Hello Stranger" was her only Top 10 hit; but she came close with two other records, "Baby, I'm Yours" (peaked at #11 in 1965) and "Make Me Your Baby" (also reached #11 and also in 1965)...
    Ms. Lewis celebrated her 71st birthday two months ago on February 9th, 2014...
    (Personally, hands down, "Hello Stranger" is my favorite female record of the 1960s)
  • Robert from Hagerstown, MdI was only 16 when this came out but I thought it was the greatest song I ever heard. Barbara Mason became an instant fan.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhWow, I was only five years old when this song came out. But I so remember it. Hearing it puts me back in time, probably listened to it countless times on the car radio, sitting in the back seat while my parents drove us kids around here or there. This is such a fabulous song. The voice of Barbara Lewis has that perfect purity, longing, and pleading to it that makes the tune a hit.
  • John from Avon, InBarbara has mentioned that 'Hello Stranger' just sat on the shelf for a year as nobody thought it would sell...easy listening style of music. However after the mega hit 'Our Day Will Come'..by Ruby and The Romantics ,,Hello Stranger recieved the attention it deserved
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI didn't know the Dells sang back-up on this. Those vocals are very distinctive.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyI goofed!!! Fire and Rain's version stayed in the Top 100 for three weeks, but never rose above No. 100!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAn act by the name of 'Fire and Rain' charted with this song in 1973, their version peaked at No. 100 and stayed in the top 100 for one week!!! {Note: it was their only record to ever have charted}
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