Three Steps to Heaven (song)

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"Three Steps to Heaven"
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Cut Across Shorty"
Released March 1960 (USA)
May 1960 (UK)
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded January 8, 1960
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:21
Label Liberty 55242 (USA)
London HLG 9115 (UK)[1]
Writer(s) Eddie Cochran
Bob Cochran[1]
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
(1959)
"Three Steps to Heaven"
(1960)
"Lonely"
(1960)

"Three Steps to Heaven" is a 1960 single by Eddie Cochran. It became a posthumous UK number-one hit for Cochran following his death in a car crash.[1] In the US it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100. "Three Steps To Heaven" was recorded in January 1960 and featured Buddy Holly's Crickets on instruments. The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob Cochran.[1]

The guitar chord riff was used by David Bowie in his 1971 song "Queen Bitch", from his album Hunky Dory.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
position
Ireland Singles Chart 1
Netherlands Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 6
Norway Singles Chart 7
South African Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 1

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Cover versions[edit]

Showaddywaddy's 1975 cover version of this song was also a hit, reaching No. 1 in Ireland and No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 50–1. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Cochran 1956 Sessions on www.eddiecochran.info". Eddiecochran.info. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Song artist 763 - Eddie Cochran". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers
UK number-one single by Eddie Cochran
(London HLG 9115)

June 23, 1960 - June 30, 1960 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Good Timin'" by Jimmy Jones
Preceded by
"Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers
Irish Singles Chart number-one single by Eddie Cochran
June 23, 1960 – July 28, 1960 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Please Don't Tease" by Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Preceded by
"Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
Irish Singles Chart number-one single by Showaddywaddy
June 19, 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Proud One" by The Osmonds