Blue Eyes (Elton John song)
|Single by Elton John|
|from the album Jump Up!|
|B-side||"Hey Papa Legba"|
|Recorded||June – July 1980|
|Genre||Soft rock, adult contemporary|
|Elton John singles chronology|
"Blue Eyes" is a song performed by Elton John with music and lyrics written by Elton John and Gary Osborne. It was released in 1982, both as a single and on the album Jump Up!, which reached No. 8 in the UK. In the US, the song went to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, spent three weeks at No. 10 on the Cash Box Top 100, and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart.
The video for the song was filmed in Australia, on Sydney's famous Bondi to Bronte walk.
The exact location is at the most easterly point of Marks Park, Tamarama, where a low, sandstone turret rests on the top of the cliffs and overlooks the Tasman Sea. The white Grand Piano was positioned right in the middle of the turret. The song and video was in dedication to Elizabeth Taylor.
Musically, the song is complex, with the verses in the key of B flat, and the chorus in the key of D minor. An instrumental solo, in the related flat major key of E flat, serves as a bridge and outro. Rob Stevens also sang the song on his debut album, Little Heart for Love.
Weekly singles charts
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||5|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary ||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100 ||10|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||49|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100 ||62|
- Elton John – piano, vocals
- Dee Murray – bass
- James Newton-Howard – synthesizer, Fender Rhodes electric piano, string arrangements
- Jeff Porcaro – drums
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128.
From the Elton John Concert published on AXS 8/26/14.