Stay Awhile

The Bells

About Stay Awhile

"Stay Awhile" is a song written by Ken Tobias, which was an international hit single for The Bells in 1971. In Canada, the song reached No. 1 on the "RPM 100", No. 1 on RPM's "MOR Playlist", and No. 1 on the CHUM 30 chart. In the United States, the song spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 7, while reaching No. 8 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart, and No. 4 on the Cash Box Top 100. Floyd Cramer recorded an instrumental cover of the song, which was released on his 1971 album Class of '71. In 1972, Ken Tobias released "Stay Awhile" as the lead track on his album Dream #2. 


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The Bells

"The Bells" is a heavily onomatopoeic poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was not published until after his death in 1849. It is perhaps best known for the diacopic use of the word "bells." The poem has four parts to it; each part becomes darker and darker as the poem progresses from "the jingling and the tinkling" of the bells in part 1 to the "moaning and the groaning" of the bells in part 4. more »

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16 facts about this song

Release Year
"Stay Awhile" was released in the year 1971.
Chart Performance
The song reached #1 on the RPM 100 National Singles chart in Canada in May 1971 and remained in that position for 2 weeks.
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
In the USA, "Stay Awhile" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1971.
Song Duration
The length of the song is 3 minutes and 21 seconds.
Best Selling Single
The song ‘Stay Awhile’ was the best-selling single by the Canadian band, The Bells.
The song was immensely loved by audiences upon release and is still played on oldies radio stations.
Galaxy Records
"Stay Awhile" was produced under the Galaxy Records label.
Lead Vocalists
Both Jackie Ralph and Cliff Edwards performed as the lead vocalists on the track.
Adult Contemporary Chart
The song was a cross-over smash, reaching #4 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by various artists over the years, reflecting its popularity and influence.
Highly Requested Song
Even today, "Stay Awhile" enjoys the status of a highly requested song in radio stations' classic hits format.
Music Style
"Stay Awhile" is known for blending popular music styles of the time including the soft pop and folk-rock sound.
The song was written by Ken Tobias, a reputable Canadian singer-songwriter.
Sexual Controversy
Some radio stations were hesitant to play the song initially due to its perceived sexual connotation.
The lyrics "the stain on your brain" were misinterpreted by some to be "this ain't no bigger rain," causing some misheard-lyrics humor.
Enduring Popularity
Despite being released over five decades ago, "Stay Awhile" continues to hold enduring popularity among music lovers.

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