|Single by Elton John|
|from the album 21 at 33|
|B-side||"Conquer the Sun"|
|Released||1 May 1980|
|Label||The Rocket Record Company|
|Writer(s)||Elton John / Gary Osborne|
|Producer||Elton John, Clive Franks|
|Elton John singles chronology|
"Little Jeannie" (spelled "Little Jeanie" on the cover of the single) is a song by Elton John and Gary Osborne, recorded by John and released as a single in 1980 from John's album 21 at 33. It reached number three on the Billboard pop chart in the United States, becoming the singer's biggest U.S. hit since 1976's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (a duet with singer Kiki Dee), and his highest-charting solo hit since 1975's "Island Girl". It became John's fifth number one on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. In Canada, it reached number one on the RPM 100 national singles chart.
Composed in the key of B flat, which allowed its notable saxophone solo to ring out, the song can be described as an uptempo ballad similar in feel, with its electric piano, to his earlier 1973 hit, "Daniel". In the US, it would be Elton's highest-charting single co-written with Gary Osborne, while in the UK, where the song only reached number 33, "Blue Eyes" would eventually hold that honour.
Charts and certifications
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|Canadian RPM 100||1|
|UK Singles Chart||33|
|US Billboard Hot 100||3|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
Sales and certifications
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
- "American certifications – Little Jeannie". Recording Industry Association of America.
- Library and Archives Canada. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.7835a&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=1fetjl5dimcjovbnngneubjrg4
- "Canadian single certifications – Elton John – Little Jeannie". Music Canada. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "American single certifications – John, Elton – Little Jeannie". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 November 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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