A Lonely Man

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A Lonely Man
Studio album by The Chi-Lites
Released April 1972
Genre R&B, soul
Length 42:44
Label Brunswick
Producer Eugene Record
The Chi-Lites chronology
(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People
A Lonely Man
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

A Lonely Man is the fourth studio album by American soul group The Chi-Lites, produced and largely written by lead singer Eugene Record. The album was released in 1972 on the Brunswick label.


A Lonely Man includes The Chi-Lites most successful single "Oh Girl", which topped both the pop and R&B charts and peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart, the eight and a half minute epic "The Coldest Days of My Life" and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". A Lonely Man was The Chi-Lites' most successful album, topping the R&B chart and peaking at #5 on the pop chart. It is frequently cited as the group's best recording. Allmusic reviewer Craig Lytle describes the album as "flawless" and "exquisite".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Oh Girl" Eugene Record 3:48
2. "Living in the Footsteps of Another Man" Samuel Garner, James Smith 2:57
3. "Love Is" Eugene Record 4:41
4. "Being in Love" Eugene Record, Barbara Acklin 3:56
5. "A Lonely Man" Eugene Record, J. Edward Haycraft 6:23
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "The Man & the Woman (The Boy & the Girl)" Eugene Record 4:02
7. "Ain't Too Much of Nothin'" Eugene Record 3:31
8. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr. 5:06
9. "The Coldest Days of My Life" Eugene Record, Carl Davis 8:30



  • Eugene Record – producer, arranger
  • Thomas (Tom Tom) Washington – arranger, conductor
  • Cliff Davis – arranger
  • Bruce Swedien – engineer
  • Craig Barksdale – technician


Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 5
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Peak chart positions

1972 "Oh Girl" 1 1
"The Coldest Days of My Life (Part 1)" 47 8
"A Lonely Man" 57 25
"The Man & the Woman (The Boy & the Girl)"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lytle, Craig. A Lonely Man review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "A Lonely Man review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "US Charts > The Chi-Lites". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 

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