'Hello It's Me' - Todd Rundgren


Writer: Todd Rundgren

Producer: Todd Rundgren

Recorded: Fall 1971 at the Record Plant in New York City

Released: Spring 1972

Players: Todd Rundgren -- vocals, piano
Robbie Kogale -- guitar
Stu Woods -- bass
Mark Klingman -- organ
John Siomos -- drums
Randy Brecker -- trumpet
Barry Rodgers -- trombone
Hope Ruff, Richard Corey, Vicki Robinson, Dennis Cooley, Cecelia Norfleet -- backing vocals
Album: Something/Anything? (Bearsville, 1972)

The bittersweet love song "Hello It's Me" is the biggest hit of Todd Rundgren's 30-plus-year recording career, peaking at Number Five on the BillboardHot 100.

A native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania -- near Philadelphia -- Rundgren led the group the Nazz before going solo in 1971.

"Hello It's Me" originally appeared on the Nazz's debut album and was the B-side of the group's hit single "Open My Eyes." Radio stations began playing "Hello It's Me" as well, and the single reached Number 71 on the Hot 100.

The Nazz version of "Hello It's Me" was subsequently released as an A-side at the beginning of 1970 and climbed to Number 66 on the chart.

The double album Something/Anything? was an adventurous work, with three sides recorded entirely by Rundgren and a fourth side "poperetta" that wove together a series of songs, concluding with "Hello It's Me."

Something/Anything? is also Rundgren's most successful album, reaching Number 29 on the Billboard 200 and earning his only gold record.