Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely

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Bobby Eli, c.1975 (1)Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett, c. 1975

Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely (Bobby Eli, John C. Freeman, Vinnie Barrett)

1973 One Man Band, Ronnie Dyson, Columbia KC 32211

Ronnie Dyson — issued 11 May 1973 on the 45 rpm single Columbia 4-45867, produced and arranged by Thom Bell, b/w “Point of No Return” (Thom Bell, Linda Creed); also issued as a track on Dyson’s second LP One Man Band, Columbia ‎KC 32211

US singles chart peaks: #29 R&B, #60 Hot 100

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Just Don't Want to Be Lonely, Horace Andy, Money Disc 100181, c. 1973Just Don't Want to Be Lonely, Horace Andy, Studio One SO 0110, c. 1973

Horace Andy — issued c. 1973 on (Jamaica) Money Disc M.D. 1028, on a disc stamped “100181,” b/w “Version,” recorded by Horace & The Thrillers; produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd — also issued on the following singles (date unknown):

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1974 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely-Main Ingredient, RCA Victor APB0-0205, issued in Jan 1974 (sleeve)1974 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely-Main Ingredient, RCA Victor APB0-0205, issued in Jan 1974 (label)

The Main Ingredient — single RCA Victor APB0-0205, issued in January 1974, b/w Goodbye My Love; produced by group members Tony “Panama” Silvester, Luther Simmons, Jr., and Cuba Gooding, Sr., featuring an arrangement by Bert de Coteaux; also issued as the final track on their 1974 RCA album Euphrates River

US singles chart success: #8 R&B, #10 Hot 100, #42 AC (Adult Contemporary)

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Blue Magic — from their self-titled debut album, released in January 1974; a shorter (4:30) version was issued as the B-side of their big hit “Sideshow” (#8 Hot 100, #1 R&B), Atco 45-6961, in April 1974

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Marcia Griffiths — A cover by reggae artist Marcia Griffiths appeared on her 1974 LP Sweet and Nice, on the Jamaican label Wild Flower ‎(catalog # XYZ 003). The title of the track was oddly given as “I’d Rather Be Lonely.”* The album was reissued in the same year, with the tracks in a different order (plus one additional track), as Sweet Bitter Love, on Trojan Records in the UK.

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The Blues Busters — from the 1975 LP Phillip & Lloyd, Scepter Records ‎– SPS5121

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1987-just-dont-want-to-be-lonely-freddie-mcgregor-jamaica-germain-g-004-d441987 Just Don't Want to Be Lonely, Freddie McGregor, Germain DG 24A

Freddie McGregor — issued in 1987 on (Jamaica) Germain Records G 004, (UK) ‎Germain Records DG 24 — single chart success: #9 UK

  • Freddie McGregor: vocal
  • Robbie Lyn: keyboards, synthesizer and drum programming
  • Dean Frazer: saxophone
  • Donovan Germain: producer

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1995 Reachin' Back LP, Regina Belle

Regina Belle — from her 1995 LP Reachin’ Back, Columbia CK 66813

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1996 Retro-Regine Velasquez

Regine Velasquez — from her 1996 LP Retro

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Will Downing — from the 2002 album Sensual Journey, Verve Records ‎314 589 610-2

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Juliet (aka Modela) — published on 29 June 2013

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* A couple of other tracks are correctly titled on the back of the album sleeve, but given incorrectly in the discogs.com track list.

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