Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely


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


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” (B-side credited to Horace & The Thrillers) – produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd

According to Discogs.com, the Horace Andy recording of “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” was also issued on the undated singles (Jamaica) Coxsone Records SO 0110 and (Jamaica) Studio One SO 0110, in each case backed with a recording of the song by Sound Dimension Band, which Discogs describes as follows: “Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd’s studio band led by Leroy Sibbles. Formerly name [sic] The Soul Vendors.”


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”; 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

from the 1974 album Euphrates River


on Soul Train, 1974


Blue Magic — from their self-titled debut album, ATCO Records SD 7038, released in January 1974 — The album track is over seven minutes long. An abbreviated cut was issued in April 1974 on the single ATCO 45-6961, as the B-side of their big hit “Sideshow.”

from the 1974 album, Blue Magic


Marcia Griffiths — A cover by reggae artist Marcia Griffiths appeared on her 1974 LP Sweet and Nice, on the Jamaican label Wild Flower. The title of the track is oddly given as “I’d Rather Be Lonely” on the back of the album cover.* 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.


The Blues Busters — from the 1975 LP Phillip & Lloyd, (US) Scepter Records ‎ SPS5121, (Jamaica) Dynamic Sounds DY 3354


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


1995 Reachin' Back LP, Regina Belle

Regina Belle — from her 1995 album Reachin’ Back, (US) Columbia CK 66813


1996 Retro-Regine Velasquez

Regine Velasquez — from her 1996 LP Retro


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


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


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