Blue Eyes (Elton John song)

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"Blue Eyes"
Single by Elton John
from the album Jump Up!
B-side "Hey Papa Legba"
Released March 1982
Recorded June – July 1980
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:27
Label Geffen (US)
Rocket (UK)
Writer(s) Elton John
Gary Osborne
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
(with Kiki Dee)
"Blue Eyes"
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
Jump Up! track listing
"I Am Your Robot"
"Blue Eyes"
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
Alternative cover
International single sleeve

"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.[1]

Music video[edit]

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.

Technical details[edit]

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.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia 4
Belgium 8
Canadian RPM Top Singles[2] 5
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [3] 1
Germany 51
Ireland 8
Netherlands 19
New Zealand 11
Switzerland 9
UK 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[4] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [5] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 49
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [7] 62


See also[edit]


From the Elton John Concert published on AXS 8/26/14.

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