Nobody Knows (Tony Rich song)

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"Nobody Knows"
Nobody Knows Tony Rich.jpg
Single by The Tony Rich Project
from the album Words
Released November 7, 1995
Format 7", CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1995
Genre R&B
Length 5:06
Label LaFace/Arista
Songwriter(s) Joe Rich, Don DuBose
Producer(s) Tony Rich
The Tony Rich Project singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"Like a Woman"
"Nobody Knows"
"Like a Woman"

"Nobody Knows" is a song by R&B artist Tony Rich from his 1996 debut album Words. Released as his debut single, the song peaked at #11 on the soul singles chart.[1] Elsewhere, "Nobody Knows" went to #2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (only behind Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me") and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.[2] Rich received a nomination for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; he lost to Eric Clapton's "Change the World".

Track list[edit]

-US CD Single (73008-24116-2)

  1. Album Version 5:06
  2. Eddie F.'s Untouchable Remix 6:17
  3. Rich Remix 5:32
  4. Album Instrumental 5:06

Official versions[edit]

  1. Nobody Knows [Album Version] 5:06
  2. Nobody Knows [Radio Edit] 4:22
  3. Nobody Knows [Album Instrumental] 5:06
  4. Nobody Knows [Eddie F.'s Untouchable Remix] 6:17
  5. Nobody Knows [Rich Remix] 5:32

Charts and certifications[edit]

Kevin Sharp version[edit]

"Nobody Knows"
Single by Kevin Sharp
from the album Measure of a Man
Released September 23, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:26
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) Joe Rich, Don DuBose
Producer(s) Chris Farren
Kevin Sharp singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
"She's Sure Taking It Well"
"Nobody Knows"
"She's Sure Taking It Well"

American country music artist Kevin Sharp recorded a cover version of the song on his 1996 debut album Measure of a Man. It was released in September 1996 as his debut single. It became Sharp's only number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, spending four weeks at the top of the chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that his "smooth, melodic voice and sensitive interpretation of the lyric signal show promise for this talented new artist.""[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jeffrey Phillips and premiered in late 1996.

Chart positions[edit]

"Nobody Knows" debuted at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 28, 1996.

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[12] 22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 51
Preceded by
"One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" by LeAnn Rimes
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
(Kevin Sharp version)

January 11, 1997 - February 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"It's a Little Too Late" by Mark Chesnutt
Preceded by
"I Meant to Do That" by Paul Brandt
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Kevin Sharp version)

January 20, 1997
Succeeded by
"Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It" by Tim McGraw

Other versions[edit]

In 1997, saxophonist Richard Elliot covered the song from his album "Jumpin' Off."[14][15] Eli Mattson delivered a piano/vocal cover on the third season of America's Got Talent in 2008. British boyband JLS also recorded a cover of the song; it was leaked onto the internet in June 2010 and has now appeared as the B-Side to their single She Makes Me Wanna. British pop singer Shayne Ward included a cover on his third album, Obsession. The song is featured on the Boyzone album, BZ20, released in November 2013.


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 203. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1996". Archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  5. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993-2005. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Billboard, October 12, 1996.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9797." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 20, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  11. ^ "Kevin Sharp – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kevin Sharp.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jumpin' Off overview". 
  15. ^ "Jumpin' Off - Richard Elliot".