Lenny Welch

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Lenny Welch
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Welch in 1965
Background information
Birth name Leon Welch
Born (1938-05-31) May 31, 1938 (age 78)
New York, United States
Origin Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1950s-present
Labels Decca Records, Cadence Records, Kapp Records, Columbia Records, Mercury Records, Commonwealth United Records, Roulette Records, Atco Records, Mainstream Records, Big Tree Records
Website http://www.lennywelch.com/

Lenny Welch (born Leon Welch, May 31, 1938), is an American MOR/pop singer.

Career[edit]

He was born in New York and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His biggest hit, a cover version of the big band standard "Since I Fell for You," reached number 4 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1963.[1] His other hits included "Ebb Tide" in 1964, that was featured in the film Sweet Bird of Youth. He also recorded the first vocal version of "A Taste of Honey" in 1962. He also performed the theme to the 1967 CBS TV series Coronet Blue.

From his official web site: Born in New York City and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Lenny Welch was nineteen when record mogul Archie Blyer (once conductor for the Arthur Godfrey show) signed him to Cadence Records. It was the beginning of a recording career that has made Lenny known throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Lenny's recording of "Since I Fell For You" on the Cadence Label in 1964 became one of the nation's biggest records, selling over one million copies, and has been featured in several motion picture and television shows. His other hits include "You Don't Know Me", "Ebb Tide", "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "Two Different Worlds." "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," originally written and recorded by Neil Sedaka as a bubblegum pop song, was a song Welch transformed into a slow ballad. Sedaka was so impressed with the cover that he himself recorded it in Welch's style; Welch's version hit the top 40, and Sedaka's reached the top 10.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Since I Fell for You (1963) (US #73)
  • Two Different Worlds (1965)
  • Rags to Riches (1966)
  • Lenny (1967)
  • It's All About Love (2005)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Anthology (1958-1966) (1996)

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both tracks from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
US US AC US R&B
1958 "My One Sincere"
b/w "Rocket To The Moon"
Non-album tracks
1959 "The Blessing Of Love"
b/w "The Last Star Of Evening"
1960 "You Don’t Know Me"
b/w "I Need Someone"
45 28 Since I Fell For You
"Darlin'"
b/w "Three-Handed Woman" (Non-album track)
"Darlin'"
b/w "I'd Like To Know" (Non-album track)
1961 "Changa Rock"
b/w "Boogie Cha Cha"
Non-album tracks
1962 "It's Just Not That Easy"
b/w "Mama, Don't You Hit That Boy"
Since I Fell For You
"A Taste Of Honey"
b/w "The Old Cathedral" (Non-album track)
1963 "Since I Fell For You"
b/w "Are You Sincere"
4 3
1964 "Ebb Tide"
b/w "Congratulations, Baby" (Non-album track)
25 6 7
"If You See My Love"
b/w "Father Sebastian"
92 43 Non-album tracks
1965 "I'm Dreaming Again"
b/w "My Fool Of A Heart"
Two Different Worlds
"Darling Take Me Back"
b/w "Time After Time"
72 23
"Two Different Worlds"
b/w "I Was There"
61 6
"Run To My Loving Arms"
b/w "Coronet Blue"
96
1966 "Rags to Riches"
b/w "I Want You To Worry (About Me)"
102 Rags To Riches
"What Now My Love"
b/w "You're Gonna Hear From Me"
"Just One Smile"
b/w "Please Help Me I'm Falling"
"If You Love Me, Really Love Me"
b/w "Once Before I Die" (Non-album track)
Lenny!
1967 "I'm Over You"
b/w "Coronet Blue" (from Two Different Worlds)
"Since I Fell For You"
b/w "A Taste Of Honey"
Re-release
134 Since I Fell For You
"The Right To Cry"
b/w "Until The Real Thing Comes Along"
128 Lenny!
"Love Doesn't Live Here"
b/w "Let's Start All Over Again"
1968 "Darling Stay With Me"
b/w "Wait Awhile Longer"
112 Non-album tracks
"Tennessee Waltz"
b/w "He Who Loves"
"Halfway To Your Arms"
b/w "You Can't Run Away (From Your Own True Feelings)"
1970 "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
b/w "Get Mommy To Come Back Home"
34 8 27
"To Be Loved/Glory of Love"
b/w "My Heart Won't Let Me"
110
"Such A Night"
b/w "I'm Sorry"
1972 "A Sunday Kind Of Love"
b/w "I Wish You Could Know Me (Naomi)"
96 21
1973 "Goodnight My Love"
b/w "Fancy Meeting You Here, Baby"
"Since I Don't Have You"
b/w "Right In The Next Room"
25 92
1974 "Eyewitness News"
b/w "I Need You More (Than Ever Now)"
71
"A Hundred Pounds Of Pain"
b/w "The Iguana"
"When There's No Such Thing As Love (It's Over)"
b/w "The Minx"
1977 "Six Million Dollar Woman"
b/w "I Thank You Love"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Lenny Welch biography. Allmusic. Accessed December 30, 2007