Todd Rundgren

Hello It's Me

Composed by Todd Rundgren

Song Review by

Arguably Todd Rundgren's best single ever (although "I Saw the Light" is a close competitor), "Hello It's Me" took forever to actually become a hit -- the song was first recorded on the first album by Rundgren's '60s band the Nazz, and even the re-recorded version from his breakthrough album Something/Anything? took a solid year to actually break as a hit single -- which is unfathomable considering the song's immense melodic charms. At first, the song come across just exactly like a male version of one of the many hits from Carole King's Tapestry; Rundgren's piano and vocal style are uncannily similar to King's throughout this song. But then that unexpected, jazzy horn section and soul-chick chorus (led by Vickie Sue Robinson, later of "Turn the Beat Around" fame) comes in, sending the song into an entirely new and more unique direction. It's a brilliant song, both classicist and deeply emotional, and this performance is one that Todd Rundgren never matched in the rest of his career.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1970
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:59
Something/Anything? 1972 Edsel
Back to the Bars 1978 Rhino 4:26
The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect [Video] 1983 BMG Special Products
Anthology (1968-1985) 1989 Rhino 3:52
Sounds of the Seventies: 1973 1990
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Sandstone Music
Rock of the 70's, Vol. 4 1992
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:49
The Best of Todd Rundgren [Rhino] 1994 Rhino
Baby Boomer Classics: More Mellow Sixties 1994
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:36
Singles 1995 Bears
Listen to the Music: '70s Male Singer/Songwriters 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:21
70's Heavy Hitters: Summer Love 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:41
I Saw the Light & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:52
The Very Best of Todd Rundgren 1997 Rhino 4:38
Easy Rockin' 70's 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:40
With a Twist... 1997 Esoteric Recordings
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:30
Free Soul Runt 1998 Phantom Import Distribution
Sounds of the Seventies: '70s Gold 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:40
Lava Love 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:38
Live in Chicago '91 1999 Alchemedia 6:30
Best of Todd Rundgren [Essential] 2000 Castle Music Ltd.
The Virgin Suicides: Music from the Motion Picture [Emperor Norton] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Emperor Norton 4:20
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:39
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents in Concert 2000 King Biscuit Entertainment 6:50
Todd Rundgren: Reconstructed 2000 Cleopatra 4:01
Go Ahead Ignore Me: The Best of Todd Rundgren 2000 Castle Music Ltd. 4:45
Singers & Songwriters: 1972-1973 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:45
Extended Versions 2001 BMG Special Products 4:08
Todd Archive Series, Vol. 8: Another Side of Roxy 2001 Crown 4:14
Todd Rundgren vs. Utopia 2002 Castle Music Ltd. 4:43
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70's Singer/Songwriters 2002
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:22
The Essentials 2002 Rhino / Warner Music 4:22
Singer-Songwriters of the 70's 2002
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 4:34
No Image 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Hits of the 60's 70's & 80's [St. Clair] 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Bootleg Series, Vol. 3: Nearly Human Tour, Japan '90 2003 Sanctuary 4:29
Re-Mixes 2003 Brilliant 4:25
Greatest Hits Live (King Biscuit Flower Hour) 2003 King Biscuit Entertainment 4:19
Can't Stop Running 2003 Castle Music Ltd.
Todd Rundgren 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution / St. Clair 4:26
The '70s Sound, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 4:23
70's Greatest Hits Live 2003
Various Artists
King Biscuit Entertainment 4:00
More Ultimate Power of Love 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:52
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Realm Records 4:22
Hello, It's Me and My Friends 2004 Music Avenue 4:15
Endless Summer: Sunshine Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:25
Love Is the Answer 2004 Akarma
Love Songs of Rock and Roll 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:25
The 70's Love Collection 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:25
Best of the 60's 70's 80's 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best Of 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
Lifetime of Love 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:25
The Best of Todd Rundgren Live 2005 Castle Music Ltd. 6:24
Ultimate Seventies 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Interscope 3:51
The Vinyl Collection: 70s Love Songs [St. Clair] 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Hello It's Me 2006 X5 4:26
Best of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:25
Best of Blue Eyed Soul 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
Liars/Liars Live 2006 Castle Music Ltd.
Eazy Rock Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
The Definitive Rock Collection 2006 Rhino 4:19
Hits of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:25
Early Rock Favorites/Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:26
Get Your Groove on: 70s Back Seat Classics 2006
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
The Greatest Rockin' 70's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Soft Rock Hits: Platinum Artist Series 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Rock Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:26
Todd Rundgren Rocks 2007 KRB 4:28
Music for Moms: Smooth and Easy Pop Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:24
Prime 17: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:39
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:41
70s Love Songs 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:26
Soft Rock [St. Clair] 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Ultimate Collecion: Hits of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:26
Soft Rock, Disc 2 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:26
Rock'n'pop Ballads 2008
Various Artists
ZYX / ZYX Music 4:27
Rock and Roll of the 70's [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 4:26
Top of the Pop Hits, Vol. 2: The 70s [Box Set] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 4:23
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:39
The Hits Reloaded 2008
Various Artists
Hipnotic Records / Cleopatra 3:41
Romancing the 70s: My Love 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:45
Soft Rock: AM Radio Hits 2009
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 3:32
For Lack of Honest Work 2010 Edsel
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:45
Flower Power: The Music of the Love Generation 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:45
PAUL [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2011
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 4:20
Flashback with Todd Rundgren 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 4:19
Far Out 70s Hits 2014
Various Artists
Green Hill 4:20
Todd Rundgren at the BBC: 1972-1982 2014 Esoteric Recordings 4:37
The Complete Bearsville Albums Collection 2016 Rhino 4:37
Box O' Todd 2016 Cleopatra / Cornmeal Records 4:27
An  Evening with Todd Rundgren: Live at the Ridgefield 2016 Cleopatra / Purple Pyramid
No Image
Various Artists
Digital Revolution Entertainment 4:26
100 Hits: Sensational
Various Artists
Sonoma 4:26
70s Rock [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:26
FM LITE 70s
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 4:26
Incredible Collections
Various Artists
Rhino
Love & Romance
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:25
Shades of Love
Various Artists
MCA
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Soft Rock - Radio Hits
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 3:32
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Top of the Pop Hits: The 70s, Vol. 2: Disc 3
Various Artists
Collectables 4:23
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