Robert John (born Robert John Pedrick, Jr., January 3, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter perhaps best known for his 1979 hit single, " Sad Eyes", which reached number 1 on the US ''Billboard'' Hot 100.


John was born in
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, New York City, United States. Under the name of Bobby Pedrick, Jr., he first hit the pop chart in 1958 when he was only 12 years old with "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes", written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. As the lead singer of Bobby & The Consoles, he had the minor 1963 hit entitled "My Jelly Bean" on Diamond Records. By 1965, he had changed his name and signed with MGM records for two ill-fated singles. In 1967, he signed a contract with Columbia records and released a string of singles with help from writing partner Mike Gately. After a short tenure from 1970 to 1971 with Herb Alpert's A&M Records, 1971 brought his next hit, a cover version of The Tokens' 1961 hit, " The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which climbed to number 3 in 1972, selling over one million copies and receiving a gold disc awarded by the
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on March 15, 1972. Several years later, recording for EMI America Records, John hit number 1 with "Sad Eyes", one of the few chart-topping singles of 1979 that had no
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beat or influence. The 1980s saw John recording for
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with collaborator and guitarist Bobby Mancari and keyboardist Steve Butera. A newly recorded version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was released on his 1992 greatest hits album. John, who has not performed often in concert in recent decades, received a chance to appear in his hometown of NYC as part of a "70s Reunion Concert" produced by radio station WPLJ-FM on March 24, 1995. Among the acts who took the stage at the soldout concert were Three Dog Night, Rupert Holmes, Looking Glass featuring Elliot Lurie, Andrew Gold, Alan O'Day, Ian Lloyd (lead singer of the Stories), Sonny Geraci (leader singer of the Outsiders and Climax) and John.

Select discography


*1968: ''If You Don't Want My Love'' *1971: ''On the Way Up'' *1979: ''Robert John'' – US No. 68, CAN No. 81 *1980: '' Back on the Street'' – US No. 205


**"Greased Lightning" – peaked at No. 60 on the US Dance chart Source:


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*[ Allmusic entry] * 1946 births Living people American male singer-songwriters Songwriters from New York (state) American singer-songwriters Atlantic Records artists Musicians from Brooklyn {{Singer-songwriter-stub