Nobody Knows (Tony Rich song)

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"Nobody Knows"
Single by The Tony Rich Project
from the album Words
Released January 14, 1996
Format 7", CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1995
Genre R&B
Length 5:06
Label LaFace/Arista
Writer(s) Joe Rich, Don DuBose
Producer(s) Tony Rich
The Tony Rich Project singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"Like a Woman"

"Nobody Knows" is a song by R&B artist Tony Rich from his 1996 debut album Words. Released as his debut single, the song peaked at #11 on the soul singles chart.[1] Elsewhere, "Nobody Knows" went to #2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.[2] Rich received a nomination for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; he lost to Eric Clapton's "Change the World".

Track list[edit]

-US CD Single (73008-24116-2)

  1. Album Version 5:06
  2. Eddie F.'s Untouchable Remix 6:17
  3. Rich Remix 5:32
  4. Album Instrumental 5:06

Official versions[edit]

  1. Nobody Knows [Album Version] 5:06
  2. Nobody Knows [Radio Edit] 4:22
  3. Nobody Knows [Album Instrumental] 5:06
  4. Nobody Knows [Eddie F.'s Untouchable Remix] 6:17
  5. Nobody Knows [Rich Remix] 5:32

Chart positions[edit]

Kevin Sharp version[edit]

"Nobody Knows"
Single by Kevin Sharp
from the album Measure of a Man
Released September 23, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:27
Label Asylum
Producer(s) Chris Farren
Kevin Sharp singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"She's Sure Taking It Well"

American country music artist Kevin Sharp recorded a cover version of the song on his 1996 debut album Measure of a Man. It was released in September 1996 as his debut single. It became Sharp's only number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, spending four weeks at the top of the chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that his "smooth, melodic voice and sensitive interpretation of the lyric signal show promise for this talented new artist.""[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jeffrey Phillips and premiered in late 1996.

Chart positions[edit]

"Nobody Knows" debuted at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 28, 1996.

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 51
Preceded by
"One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" by LeAnn Rimes
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
(Kevin Sharp version)

January 11, 1997 - February 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"It's a Little Too Late" by Mark Chesnutt
Preceded by
"I Meant to Do That" by Paul Brandt
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Kevin Sharp version)

January 20, 1997
Succeeded by
"Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It" by Tim McGraw

Other versions[edit]

In 1997, saxophonist Richard Elliot covered the song from his album "Jumpin' Off."[10][11] Eli Mattson delivered a piano/vocal cover on the third season of America's Got Talent in 2008. British boyband JLS also recorded a cover of the song; it was leaked onto the internet in June 2010 and has now appeared as the B-Side to their single She Makes Me Wanna. British pop singer Shayne Ward included a cover on his third album, Obsession. The song is featured on the Boyzone album, BZ20, released in November 2013.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 491. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 203. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ Billboard, October 12, 1996.
  6. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 20, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "Kevin Sharp Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kevin Sharp.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jumpin' Off overview". 
  11. ^ "Jumpin' Off - Richard Elliot".