He's So Shy

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"He's So Shy"
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album Special Things
B-side Movin' On
Released 21 May 1980 (21 May 1980)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Genre R&B, synthpop, post-disco, funk
Length 3:38
Label Planet
Writer(s) Tom Snow, Cynthia Weil
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Certification Gold
The Pointer Sisters singles chronology
"Who Do You Love"
(1979)
"He's So Shy"
(1980)
"Could I Be Dreaming"
(1980)

"He's So Shy" is a song written by Tom Snow and lyricist Cynthia Weil which in 1980 became a top ten pop hit for The Pointer Sisters.

Background[edit]

Although the song's title recalls the girl group classic "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons, "He's So Shy" was in fact conceived by its composers as a song for Leo Sayer to record as "She's So Shy". The song was pitched to Richard Perry who'd produced Sayer's biggest hits; Perry was no longer working with Sayer but saw the song's potential as a track for the Pointer Sisters, who'd inaugurated Perry's own Planet label with the 1978 #2 hit "Fire". According to Ruth Pointer, Perry's assigning the lead vocal on "He's So Shy" to June Pointer was a disappointment to Anita Pointer who Ruth says "wanted that song badly."[1]

Impact[edit]

Released in May 1980 as the lead single from the album Special Things, "He's So Shy"'s fusion of classic girl group pop, new-wave styled dance music and R&B proved the right combination to effect a Top Ten comeback for the Pointer Sisters, the track reaching a Billboard Hot 100 peak of #3 (R&B #10) that October. "He's So Shy" set the prototype of the trademark Pointer Sisters sound which would afford the group its career peak in 1983-84 with the Break Out album.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 11
Canadian RPM Top Singles 14
Dutch Top 40 14
New Zealand RIANZ Singles 1
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Billboard R&B Singles 10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 13
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 26
US Cash Box Top 100 3
Preceded by
"Master Blaster (Jammin')" by Stevie Wonder
New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 number one single
November 28, 1980 - December 12, 1980
Succeeded by
"Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce

The Love Boat[edit]

The Pointer Sisters performed "He's So Shy" on The Love Boat episode broadcast 7 February 1981. The siblings portrayed members of the ship's housekeeping staff; when a record executive boards the ship, Isaac the bartender (Ted Lange) sees it as his chance to be discovered as a singer and recruits the Pointers to be his background singers for a performance of the song. His plan backfires when the record exec praises the background singers and signs them to a record contract.

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Other versions[edit]

  • Estonian version performed Marju Länik "Tea siis vaid" lyrics Jüri Kõrgema
  • Russian version performed Marju Länik "Летний день" lyrics Валли Оявере (Valli Ojavere)

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