I'd Love You to Want Me

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"I'd Love You to Want Me"
Single by Lobo
from the album Of a Simple Man
Released 1972
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 4:04
Label Big Tree Records
Writer(s) Lobo
Producer(s) Phil Gernhard
Lobo singles chronology
"A Simple Man"
(1972)
"I'd Love You to Want Me"
(1972)
"Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend"
(1972)

"I'd Love You to Want Me" is the title of a popular song from 1972 by Lobo (the stage name of Kent LaVoie). He wrote the song, which appears on his album Of a Simple Man.

Released as a single in the fall of 1972, "I'd Love You to Want Me" was the singer's highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at number two in November of that year.[2] It was kept from the top spot by Johnny Nash's hit song, "I Can See Clearly Now".[3] The song also spent one week at number one on the Billboard easy listening chart, Lavoie's second of four songs to achieve this feat.[4]

When originally released in the United Kingdom in 1972, the song failed to reach the UK Singles Chart; however, a re-release of the single in 1974, on the UK label, peaked at #5.[5]

The song also topped music charts in Australia (Kent Music Report, two weeks), Canada (RPM Magazine, one week) and Germany (Media Control Charts, 13 weeks in 1973-1974).

Cover versions[edit]

  • Teddy Robin (泰迪羅賓), Hong Kong singer/artist/film producer, on his 1971 LP album Melody Chain with Fontana Records.
  • Liza Minnelli, on her 1973 album The Singer
  • Brady Bunch Kids, on their 1973 album, The Brady Bunch Phonographic Album
  • Sam Hui (許冠傑), Hong Kong singer/actor, recorded it in Cantonese language under title name of 春夢良宵, on his 鬼馬雙星 LP album with Polydor Records in 1974.
  • Ervinna, Singapore-based female singer, on her LP album Top Hits with the local White Cloud Record, between 1972 and 1974.
  • Boys (Polish band) made a version called "Miłość" on their 1991 album "Usłysz wołanie".
  • Bonfire (band), on their 1996 album, Feels Like Comin' Home
  • Guildo Horn, on his 1997 album Danke! (i.e. "Thank you!")
  • KLB (Brazilian pop band), remade the song in Portuguese as "Ela Não Está Aqui" on their 2000 album, KLB
  • Declan Galbraith, on his 2007 album You and Me
  • In Hungary, the song has been adapted into a religious song with new lyrics in Hungarian, under the title "Látod, újra este van" ("See, The Night Has Come Again").
  • Dennis Jones, Dutch cover with Dutch lyrics of Jones entitled "De Zon Die Zal Schijnen", 5 weeks on Dutch Single Top 100 (48) in 2008. Single also included a German version "Du Bist Nicht Alleine" and the English version "I'd Love You To Want Me" with original lyrics as well.

Lobo is said to have been one of the pioneers of simple/soft rock.

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak position
1972 Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Billboard Hot 100 2
Billboard Easy Listening 1
1973 Australian Singles Chart 1
NZ Listener Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
1974 UK Singles Chart 5

Also covered by John Holt

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny (1943-07-31). "Lobo | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of #1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart info at chartstats.com

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