“Hello Stranger” is a 1963 hit single by Barbara Lewis that spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart in Billboard, crossing over to #3 on the pop chart.
The most successful version of “Hello Stranger” since the original was by Yvonne Elliman, whose version was produced by Freddie Perren for Elliman’s 1977 album Love Me: ‘Hello Stranger’ has been my favorite song since I was ten years old”…”When Freddie asked me what I wanted to sing, ‘Hello Stranger’ was the first thing that came out of my mouth…He said: ‘Oh God, yeah. I love that song’.” Both Elliman and Perren deliberately sought to capture the sound of the original. “Hello Stranger” was released as the follow-up single to Elliman’s #14 hit “Love Me” and was similarly successful on the Pop charts, reaching #15 in the spring of 1977; Elliman’s “Hello Stranger” also charted R&B at #57 and was most successful on the Easy Listening chart where it was #1 for four weeks.
Elliman’s “Hello Stranger” was also released as a single in the UK; despite the precedent “Love Me” having reached #6, “Hello Stranger” was much less successful reaching #26.
Love Me is the fourth album by American pop star Yvonne Elliman produced by Freddie Perren and released by RSO Records in 1977. This album features a cover of Barbara Lewis’ tune, “Hello Stranger”, the title cut, which is another cover of The Bee Gees’ tune and “I Can’t Get You Outa My Mind”. Tracks […]
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