Hello It's Me

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"Hello It’s Me"
Nazz - Hello It's Me.jpg
Cover of the 4099 UK single
Single by Nazz
from the album Nazz
A-side "Open My Eyes"
ReleasedJuly 1968
Format 7"
RecordedApril 1968 (1968-04)
Label SGC
Songwriter(s) Todd Rundgren
  • Michael Friedman
  • Nazz
Nazz singles chronology
"Open My Eyes"
"Hello It’s Me"
"Not Wrong Long"
"Hello It’s Me"
Helloitsme rundgren.jpg
Cover of the 1974 France single
Single by Todd Rundgren
from the album Something/Anything?
B-side "Cold Morning Light"
ReleasedSeptember 1973
Format 7"
Label Bearsville
Songwriter(s) Todd Rundgren
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren singles chronology
"Couldn't I Just Tell You"
"Hello It’s Me"
"A Dream Goes On Forever"

"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 Rundgren American musician

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.

Nazz band

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. [7] It was first recorded in 1968 by Rundgren's band Nazz and was included on their self-titled debut album.

<i>Nazz</i> (album) 1968 studio album by Nazz

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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:

Laura Nyro American musician and songwriter

Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) and New York Tendaberry (1969), and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock, and soul.

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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.

Todd Rundgren, puremusic.com [7]

Todd Rundgren solo version

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. [8]

Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the 1960s to the 1990s, primarily focusing on commercially successful blues rock and hard rock popularized in the 1970s AOR format. The radio format became increasingly popular with the baby boomer demographic by the end of the 1990s.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.


The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

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Moogy Klingman American musician

Mark "Moogy" Klingman was an American musician and songwriter. He was a founding member of Todd Rundgren's band, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, and later became a solo recording artist, bandleader and songwriter. He released two solo recordings, and his songs have been covered by artists as wide ranging as Johnny Winter, Carly Simon, James Cotton, Thelma Houston, Eric Clapton, Barry Manilow and Guns N' Roses. He played on stage with Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Luther Vandross, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck and Allan Woody & Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule. Other than Rundgren, his longest musical association may have been with Bette Midler, whom he served as band leader and who adopted for her signature song "(You Gotta Have) Friends", composed by Klingman and William "Buzzy" Linhart.

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