Sad Eyes

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"Sad Eyes"
Single by Robert John
from the album Robert John
B-side"Am I Ever Gonna Hold You Again"
ReleasedApril 1979
GenreSoft rock
Length4:12 (Album Version)
3:30 (Single Edit)
LabelEMI America
Songwriter(s)Robert John
Producer(s)George Tobin in association with Mike Piccirillo

"Sad Eyes" is a song written and recorded by Robert John, and released in April 1979. It debuted May 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching the top of the chart on October 6. The song was produced by George Tobin in association with Mike Piccirillo.

"Sad Eyes" is one of just a few non-disco, or disco-influenced, songs to top the 1979 pop chart, although by then the anti-disco backlash had made it easier for other styles to reach the top. It is also notable as the song that ended the six-week reign of the biggest smash hit of the year, The Knack's "My Sharona."

Chart performance[edit]


Album credits list these musicians involved during the sessions from which "Sad Eyes" was recorded.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

A cover by American country music group Trader-Price peaked at number 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1989.[5] Kyle Vincent also recorded the song, released on Absolutely The Best of the 70s, credited to Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods, and produced by Ron Dante. Another cover version appeared on Robin Lee's album, Black Velvet, released in 1990.


  1. ^ a b "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Image: RPM Weekly". July 17, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ "Robert John - Robert John, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.

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