Tell It Like It Is (song)

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"Tell It Like It Is"
Single by Aaron Neville
B-side "Why Worry"
Released November 9, 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded 1966
Genre R&B, pop
Length 2:40
Label Par-Lo Records
Writer(s) George Davis
Lee Diamond
Aaron Neville singles chronology
"Over You"
(1960)
"Tell It Like It Is"
(1966)
"She Took You for a Ride"
(1968)
"Tell It Like It Is"
Tell It Like It Is - Heart.jpg
Single by Heart
from the album Greatest Hits Live
B-side "Strange Euphoria"
Released November 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded September 1980
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:48
Label Epic
Writer(s) George Davis
Lee Diamond
Producer(s) Heart
Heart singles chronology
"Bebe le Strange"
(1980)
"Tell It Like It Is"
(1980)
"Unchained Melody"
(1981)
"Tell It Like It Is"
Single by Billy Joe Royal
from the album Tell It Like It Is
B-side "I Was Losing You"
Released January 1989
Format 7"
Recorded October 1988
Genre Country
Length 3:00
Label Atlantic 45301
Writer(s) George Davis and Lee Diamond
Producer(s) Nelson Larkin
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"It Keeps Right On Hurtin'"
(1988)
"Tell It Like It Is"
(1989)
"Love Has No Right"
(1989)

"Tell It Like It Is" is a song written by George Davis and Lee Diamond and originally recorded and released in 1966 by Aaron Neville. In 2010, the song was ranked No. 391 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1]

Original version[edit]

In 1966, Aaron Neville recorded and released the original version of "Tell It Like It Is" on his album also entitled Tell It Like It Is (Par-Lo Records). In November 1966, the track was issued as a single which peaked in early 1967 at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] the personnel on the original recording included George Davis arranging and playing Baritone Sax, Emory Thomas on trumpet, Deacon John on guitar, Alvin Red Tyler on tenor sax, Willie Tee on piano and June Gardner on drums.

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 426. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Neville – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Aaron Neville.
  4. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.0293&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.0293.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.0293
  5. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6336." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Billy Joe Royal – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Joe Royal.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1981/Top 100 Songs of 1981". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 

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