Private Number

William Bell, Judy Clay

About Private Number

"Private Number" is a song recorded by American soul singers Judy Clay and William Bell, and included on Bell's album Private Numbers (1968). Released as a single, it peaked at #8 in the UK and #75 in the US Billboard Hot 100.


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Since I've been gone you've had your number changed
But my love for you girl still, remains the same
Now I've been lovin' you, and you been lovin' me, so long
Baby, what's wrong
So I'm beggin'

Baby, baby, baby
Please let me have your number
Baby, baby, baby
Please let me have your number

I'm sorry you couldn't call me when you got home
But other fellahs kept on callin' while you were gone
So I had the number changed
But I'm not actin' strange
Welcome home
Nothin's wrong
So I'm saying

Baby, baby, baby
You can have my private number
Baby, baby, baby
You can have my private number

Baby, baby, baby
You can have my private number (thank you, baby)
Baby, baby, baby
You can have my private number (thank you, baby)
Baby, baby, baby
For giving me your private number (you can have it)
Baby, baby, baby
Thank you baby (you can have it)
Baby, baby, baby
Thank you honey (anytime you want it)
Thank you baby
You can have my private number (thank you Judy)

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William Bell

William Bell (born July 16, 1939) is an American soul singer and songwriter, and one of the architects of the Stax-Volt sound. As a performer, he is probably best known for 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water" (his debut single); 1968's "Private Number" (a duet with Judy Clay, and a top 10 hit in the UK); and 1976's "Tryin' To Love Two", Bell's only US top 40 hit, which also hit No. 1 on the R&B charts. Upon the death of Otis Redding, Bell released the well-received memorial song "A Tribute to a King". more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Date
The song "Private Number" by Judy Clay and William Bell was released in the year 1968.
Judy Clay was a notable American soul and gospel singer, and William Bell is an acclaimed American soul singer and songwriter. They collaborated to create "Private Number."
Record Label
"Private Number" was recorded under the famous American record label named Stax Records.
Chart Performance
"Private Number" reached number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 17 on the R&B chart.
UK Chart Performance
Interestingly, the song performed even better in the UK where it peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, marking it as a significant international hit.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by many artists including 911 and Chrissie Hynde. The version of the song by 911 featuring Natalie Jordan reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.
Sampled in Other Songs
The melody of "Private Number" was sampled in the Shapeshifters' song "Lola's Theme," which was a number-one hit in the UK in 2004.
"Private Number" is one of Judy Clay's most known duets. She and William Bell were one of the first racially integrated duos of the time.
Tragic End
Unfortunately, Judy Clay's career was cut short by a car accident that caused her death in 2001.
Song recognition
Despite not attaining massive commercial success, "Private Number" has remained a cult classic among fans of Northern soul and classic pop-soul.

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