|"Hello It’s Me"|
Cover of the 4099 UK single
|Single by Nazz|
|from the album Nazz|
|A-side||"Open My Eyes"|
|Nazz singles chronology|
|"Hello It’s Me"|
Cover of the 1974 France single
|Single by Todd Rundgren|
|from the album Something/Anything?|
|B-side||"Cold Morning Light"|
|Todd Rundgren singles chronology|
"Hello It's Me" is a song written by American musician Todd Rundgren. It was the first original song he ever wrote, and was first recorded by his group Nazz as the B-side of "Open My Eyes" (1968). He recorded another version of "Hello It's Me" for his 1972 solo album Something/Anything? . In September 1973, his solo version was issued as a single, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He is known for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He also produced music videos, pioneered forms of multimedia, and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies, such as using the Internet as a means of music distribution in the late 1990s.
The Nazz was an American rock band formed in Philadelphia in 1967 by guitarist Todd Rundgren and bassist Carson Van Osten. Rundgren wrote virtually all of the group's original material. Drummer Thom Mooney and vocalist/keyboardist Robert "Stewkey" Antoni joined before their first concert, opening for the Doors in 1967. They are best known for their debut single "Open My Eyes" backed with "Hello It's Me".
"Hello It's Me" was the first original song by Todd Rundgren.It was first recorded in 1968 by Rundgren's band Nazz and was included on their self-titled debut album.
Nazz is the self-titled debut album by psychedelic rock group Nazz. It was released in 1968.
Although released in October 1968 as the B-side of the group's debut single "Open My Eyes" it was picked up in preference to the A-side by Boston radio station WMEX, where it rose to No. 1, and was subsequently picked up by other stations. It entered the Billboard chart in February 1969, peaking at number 71, and re-entered the charts the following January, this time peaking at number 66.
WMEX is a commercial AM radio station licensed to serve the Boston media market. As of November 2018, the station is silent. The station first began broadcasting in 1934 as WMEX, and after using various call signs since 1978, regained the original WMEX call sign on November 17, 2014.
Rundgren's songs in this early phase of his career were heavily influenced by the work of Laura Nyro, but in a 2005 interview he revealed that the basic structure of the song was adapted from the introduction of a Jimmy Smith recording:
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...the main influence for Hello It's Me was an eight bar intro that Jimmy Smith played on a recording of When Johnny Comes Marching Home. He had this whole sort of block chord thing that he did to set up the intro of the song. I tried to capture those changes, and those changes became what are the changes underneath Hello It's Me. I then had to come up with melody and words, but the changes are actually almost lifted literally from something that was, from Jimmy Smith's standpoint, a throwaway.
Rundgren recorded a more midtempo version of "Hello It's Me" for his 1972 solo album Something/Anything? . Although a remake of the original, this new version became widely popular and has since become a staple of the classic rock genre.[ citation needed ] An edit of this version was released as a single in September 1973 and became Rundgren's only top ten pop hit, reaching No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
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