Billboard #1 Hits: #424: “When I Need You”- Leo Sayer. May 14, 1977. #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “When I Need You”- Leo Sayer
- Record Company- Warner Bros
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager
- Time: 4:09
- B-side: “I Think We Fell In Love Too Fast”
- Album- Endless Flight
- Grade: C+
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
In the UK Leo Sayer had three singles in a row that stalled out at #2- finally with “When I Need You” he went to #1. The song first appeared on co-writer Albert Hammond’s album a year earlier but in the hands of Sayer and hit producer Richard Perry it was a worldwide smash. Sayer had a couple years where he couldn’t miss on the charts in the US- then faded into obscurity. I always found his voice annoying.