Tell Him (Bert Berns song)

Tell Him (Bert Berns Song)

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"Tell Him" is the name of a song written by Bert Berns that was first recorded as "Tell Her" in 1962 by Gil Hamilton aka with Berns producing. "Tell Her" was also a single for Ed Townsend before Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced the version by the Exciters released - as "Tell Him" - in October of 1962. "Tell Him" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 26 January 1963. A #5 R&B hit, "Tell Him" was #1 in France for two weeks and reached #5 in Australia.

In the UK the single peaked at #46 bested by a cover by Billie Davis, who took the song to #10 . Another UK cover version by Alma Cogan did not chart in the UK but reached #53 in France, whilst the Exciters version reached #1 there.

Dusty Springfield was on a stop-over in New York City en route to Nashville to make a country music album with The Springfields in 1962, when she heard the Exciters' "Tell Him" playing while taking a late night walk by on Broadway: the experience decided Springfield to embark on a solo career with a Pop/Soul direction. She'd recall: "The Exciters sort of got you by the throat...out of the blue comes blasting at you “I know something about love”, and that’s it. That’s what I wanna do."

"Tell Him" had its highest UK charting - #6 - via a 1974 remake by Hello whose producer Mike Leander had cut an earlier version with the Glitter Band which he felt...
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