“Hey There Lonely Girl” – Performed by Eddie Holman (1970)

Eddie Holman – Hey There Lonely Girl (1970)

“After singing with such legendary Philadelphia groups as The Delfonics and The Stylistics, Holman finally struck personal gold in 1970 with his timeless love song, “Hey There Lonely Girl” (originally “Hey There Lonely Boy” recorded in 1963 by Ruby and the Romantics), which peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop singles chart. It was that song that would inspire Smokey Robinson to dub Holman, “The Man With The Voice Of An Angel.” (SOURCE:WIKI)

“Hey There Lonely Girl” came from Holman’s first LP “I Love You”. The LP charted #10 on Billboard R&B,  but only #75 on Billboard Pop.  I have never heard the LP, as I only own the single 45 rpm, but I hope to purchase it soon.  Out of print for many years, I was able to find that it had been reissued in 1994,  but they too must be in limited supply because I can find no reissues available for sale at a reasonable price.

Hopefully I will eventually get the chance to hear more of this talented singer. I have read that the falsetto Mr. Holman  used on  “Lonely Girl” was unusual for him and not his normal soulful singing voice, so I am really anxious to get my hands on the LP.

“Lonely Girl” came right when my teenage hormones started kicking in. I remember how this song would make me swoon since:  I was at the age that I began to notice whether or not a boy was “cute” and that is what we girls chatted about on the phone every day after school. There were no malls to go to and we were considered too young to go on dates in Junior High School (there was no such thing as Middle School).  We just listened to love ballads like this and swooned and sighed (LOL).

This being one of my favorites to swoon to, I jumped at the chance when one of my girlfriend’s big sister (a real live – 16 and/or older – teenager) and her boyfriend had two extra tickets to go and see Eddie Holman and James Brown on one Sunday afternoon. At  the time James Brown didn’t particularly interest me but Eddie Holman sure did !

Anyway the two older teenagers hit the road, with we two wannabe teenagers in tow, to Washington DC’s Lincoln Theater to what was one of my first live concerts.

When the opening act, Eddie Holman, came on stage he sang some of his earlier songs that he had recorded that I never heard of and I was bored to tears so I really didn’t watch Holman sing. But when the introduction to “Hey There Lonely Girl” was played I perked up and took a long hard look at Eddie Holman.  He was not the tall and thin dreamboat I had imagined him to be and my illusions were completely shattered! I never really played the song anymore after that show until years later when I had forgotten why I stopped listening to it (LOL).

Well it is a classic that I love and when I hear it I sometimes chuckle to think that after I heard Holman I had no interest in the “Godfather of Soul”. In fact I can barely remember what happened on the stage –  I only remember that Eddie Holman was not my dreamboat (ROTFL)

Holman is still singing and still sounds great. Here is a just a snippet of a recent performance of  “HTLG” so that you can hear that Mr. Holman ‘s voice has aged like fine wine.

He is currently performing Gospel music and you can find out more, including a detailed biography, at his Official Website.

Keep the oldies alive friends.

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