Tell Her About It

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"Tell Her About It"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album An Innocent Man
Released July 28, 1983
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:52
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Goodnight Saigon"
(1983)
"Tell Her About It"
(1983)
"Uptown Girl"
(1983)
Alternative cover
UK single

"Tell Her About It" is a Gold-certified 1983 hit performed by Billy Joel, from the 7x Platinum album An Innocent Man. An apparent homage to the Motown Sound, the song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for one week on September 24, 1983, replacing the Phil Ramone-produced song, "Maniac" by Michael Sembello. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for US sales of over 500,000 copies. In interviews, Joel has indicated that the song, heard out of context of the "Innocent Man" album, sounds more like a Tony Orlando and Dawn record than the Motown sound he intended.

A 'special version' mixed by John "Jellybean" Benitez was also released as a 12" maxi single. The cover art varied depending on the country of release. The remixed version was a different mix from the album and was longer: it was approximately 5 min 35 in duration. On the B-side, featured Billy Joel's song "Easy Money" (also from the album "An Innocent Man") and a live recording of the cover "You Got Me Hummin'" (written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter).[1] This song has been recorded, amongst others by Sam & Dave, Cold Blood and The Hassles (one of Billy Joel's first bands). In fact, The Hassles released their version as a single in 1967 with Billy Joel on keyboard.[2]

A 12" promotional EP (1983 Columbia Records AS 1718) featured the following track listing: on side A "Tell Her About It" (3:35) and on side B "Easy Money" (4:02) and "Keeping The Faith" (4:40).

In the lyrics of the song, the singer exhorts a young man to tell the woman he loves how he feels about her before he misses his chance.

The video for the song shows Joel singing the song as if he was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. The cover shot for the UK release of the song was taken from the video, as seen below. An Ed Sullivan imitator (Will Jordan) introduces Joel after Topo Gigio, the talking mouse, finishes his skit. During the song there are different scenes of teenagers watching Joel on TV at home, crowding around appliance store windows watching him, dancing to his song. There is even a brief scene of a Soviet cosmonaut in space listening to the song, with the lyrics displayed at the bottom in the Russian language and in Cyrillic script. At the end of the song, comedian Rodney Dangerfield is there preparing to go on "stage" thanking Joel for warming up the crowd.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 9
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 19
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 5
Dutch Top 40[5] 39
Irish Singles Chart 2
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 58
New Zealand Singles Chart 12
South African Singles Chart[6] 3
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 17

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales certified
United Kingdom[7] Silver 200,000

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Preceded by
"Maniac" by Michael Sembello
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
24 September 1983
Succeeded by
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler