Hey There Lonely Girl

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"Hey There Lonely Girl"
Single by Eddie Holman
from the album I Love You
B-side"It's All in the Game"
ReleasedDecember 1969[1]
FormatVinyl, 7"
Recorded1969; Virtue Studios in Philadelphia, PA
GenreR&B, soul, pop
Songwriter(s)Leon Carr
Earl Shuman
Producer(s)Peter De Angeles

"Hey There Lonely Girl" is a song recorded by R&B singer Eddie Holman. Recorded and released in 1969, it charted in the United States in 1970 and in the United Kingdom in 1974.[2] The original version by Ruby and the Romantics was entitled, "Hey There Lonely Boy" in 1963, and was a Top 30 hit, peaking at #27. Holman's song peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, #1 on the Canadian RPM chart, and at #4 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] his highest charting single in each country.


"Hey There Lonely Girl" is most recognizable by its disconsolate, sentimental and heavyhearted lyrics, with Holman's falsetto voice. Here is a sample of the chorus:

Hey there lonely girl, lonely girl
Let me make your broken heart like new
Oh, my lonely girl, lonely girl
Don't you know this lonely boy loves you

Other versions[edit]

  • Donny Osmond recorded a version of this song on his album, Portrait of Donny.
  • Shaun Cassidy's 1977 version was a track on his debut LP. It reached # 5 in Australia.[3]
  • A version by Robert John was released in 1980 for the album Back on the Street (US #31).[4]
  • Stacy Lattisaw reworked the song from a female perspective. It was included on her 1982 LP, Sneakin' Out.
  • New Edition also did a version on their Under the Blue Moon album released in 1986.
  • British boyband Big Fun recorded a cover for their album "A Pocketful Of Dreams" released in 1990 by PWL, and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.
  • A version was released in 2008 by The Uptown Band ft. Erich Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder and appears on the group's debut CD "Waiting for Her".
  • Will Downing did a cover of the first song from the Emotions album, which released in the fall of 2003.
  • Famously used during the second season of the British television sitcom Benidorm (TV series) in which Mel portrayed by Geoffrey Hutchings badly sings this to his fiancee Madge Harvey
  • Soul singer Gerry Woo recorded the song on his 1987 album "Listen To My Heart Beat"


  1. ^ Smith, Ronald (2001). Chicago Top 40 Charts 1970-1979. iUniverse. p. 94. ISBN 1462080936.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 258. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ "Hey There Lonely Girl by Eddie Holman". Songfacts. Retrieved October 24, 2008.