Four Little Diamonds

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"Four Little Diamonds"
Four little diamonds .jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Secret Messages
  • "Letter from Spain"
  • "The Bouncer" (12-inch only) (UK)
ReleasedSeptember 1983 (US)
28 October 1983 (UK)
Format7" single
Recorded1983 Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands
GenrePop rock
Length4:05 (Album version)
3:57 (Single version)
4:12 (Double album version)
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Secret Messages"
"Four Little Diamonds"
Secret Messages track listing
10 tracks
Side one
  1. "Secret Messages"
  2. "Loser Gone Wild"
  3. "Bluebird"
  4. "Take Me On and On"
Side two
  1. "Four Little Diamonds"
  2. "Stranger"
  3. "Danger Ahead"
  4. "Letter from Spain"
  5. "Train of Gold"
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Is King"

"Four Little Diamonds" is a song by the British rock music group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) from their 1983 album Secret Messages. It was also featured on their compilation albums Afterglow (with a slightly longer intro) and Flashback. The single did not do very well in the US, spending only 2 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaking at number 86.[1][2] It also charted low in the UK peaking at number 84.

The song refers to the search made by the singer for his cheating lover who emotionally conned him out of a ring which had 'four little diamonds' set into it.

There was also a UK 12 inch JET 3 Track version with "The Bouncer" on the B-side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Lynne.

  1. "Four Little Diamonds" – 3:57
  2. "Letter from Spain" – 2:51
UK 12"
  1. "Four Little Diamonds" – 3:57
  2. "Letter from Spain" – 2:51
  3. "The Bouncer" – 3:13

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 84
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 86

In the media[edit]

The song is featured in video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station "Flash FM".


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 2010-08-05.

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