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"
ReleasedMarch 1982 (International) July 1982 (North America)
RecordedSeptember-October 1981
LabelGeffen (US)
Rocket (UK)
Songwriter(s)Elton John
Gary Osborne
Producer(s)Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"
"Blue Eyes"
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
Alternative cover
International single sleeve
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 spent three weeks at No. 10 on the Cash Box Top 100, It also went to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 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]

Harmonically, 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.


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

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 4
Belgium 8
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 5
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [5] 1
Germany 51
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 8
Netherlands 19
New Zealand[7] 11
South Africa[8] 7
Switzerland 9
UK 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[9] 1
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [10] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report) [11] 54
Canada RPM Top Singles [12] 49
Netherlands [13] 80
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [14] 62
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 [15] 59


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male". Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Blue Eyes". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  7. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, May 16, 1982
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982".
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2015-07-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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