Blue Eyes (Elton John song)

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"Blue Eyes"
Blue Eyes - Elton John.jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album Jump Up!
B-side "Hey Papa Legba"
Released

March 1982 (International)

July 1982 (North America)
Recorded September-October 1981
Genre Soft rock
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)
(1981)
"Blue Eyes"
(1982)
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
(1982)
Jump Up! track listing
"I Am Your Robot"
(5)
"Blue Eyes"
(6)
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
(7)
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.

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1983 "Blue Eyes" Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male[2] Nominated

Chart performance[edit]

Band[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128. 
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male". rockonthenet.com. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  5. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, May 16, 1982
  6. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982". musicoutfitters.com. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 

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