6 MARCH 1966
Chris Montez’s single ‘Call Me’ peaked at #22 on the US Billboard charts in March 1966. It also reached #2 on the US Easy Listening charts, but failed to chart in the UK.
This was considered a something of a comeback for Chris (real name Ezekiel Christopher Montanez), who had a big hit with 'Let's Dance' in 1962 but then basically dropped out of the music business. He was persuaded to record again by the great Herb Alpert. It was Herb who suggested that Chris adopt his high tenor voice for an 'easy listening' approach, as opposed to his earlier 'Chicano Rock' style. It worked a treat as Chris went on to have four decent hits in 1966.
This song had been written by Tony Hatch and originally recorded as an album and EP track by Petula Clark in 1965. Another version was released in the UK in 1966 by Lulu, which also failed to chart.
'If you're feelin' sad and lonely
There's a service I can render
Tell the one who loves you only
I can be so warm and tender
Call me, don't be afraid, you can call me
Maybe it's late but just call me
Tell me and I'll be around
When it seems your friends desert you
There's somebody thinking of you
I'm the one who never hurt you
Maybe that's because I love you
Now don't forget me 'cause if you let me
I will always stay by you
You've got to trust me, that's how it must be
There's so much that I can do
If you call I'll be right with you
You and I should be together
Take this love I long to give you
I'll be at your side forever'