Private Number (Judy Clay and William Bell song)

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"Private Number"
Single by Judy Clay and William Bell
from the album Private Numbers
B-side "Love-Eye-Tis"
Released 1968
Format Gramophone
Recorded 1968
Genre Soul
Length 2:39
Label Stax
Writer(s) William Bell, Booker T. Jones
Producer(s) Booker T. Jones
William Bell singles chronology
"A Tribute to a King"
"Private Number"
"I Forgot to Be Your Lover"

"Private Number" is a song recorded by American soul singers Judy Clay and William Bell. The song was included on Bell's album Private Numbers (1968).

In 2000, Bell performed a live version of "Private Number" with Scottish rock band Texas. In 1999, the song was covered by English boy band 911 for their third studio album There It Is.

911 version[edit]

"Private Number"
Single by 911 featuring Natalie Jordan or Fann Wong
from the album There It Is
Released 8 May 1999
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 3:32
Label Virgin
Writer(s) William Bell, Booker T. Jones
Producer(s) Nigel Lowis
911 singles chronology
"A Little Bit More"
"Private Number"
UK CD2 cover

English boy band 911 covered "Private Number" for their third studio album, There It Is (1999). There are two different versions of the song, one version featuring Natalie Jordan and one featuring Fann Wong.[1] The song was released as the third and final single from the album on 8 May 1999 and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video features 911 performing the song in pouring rain in China. There are two different versions of the video, one featuring Natalie Jordan and one featuring Fann Wong. In Jordan's version, she can be seen singing her parts whilst on a television screen and in a dark room. In Wong's version, she is standing by herself in the rain as well.


Chart (1999) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 3

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United Kingdom 8 May 1999 CD single, cassette single


The song's intro has been heavily sampled by many other artists.

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