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 23 July 1980 (23 July 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"
"He's So Shy"
"Could I Be Dreaming"

"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.


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]


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
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.


Other versions[edit]

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


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