Four Little Diamonds

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"Four Little Diamonds"
Four little diamonds .jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Secret Messages
B-side "Letter from Spain"
"The Bouncer" (12-inch only) (UK)
Released September 1983 (US)
28 October 1983 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983 Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:05 (Album version)
3:57 (Single version)
4:12 (Double album version)
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Secret Messages"
"Four Little Diamonds"
Secret Messages track listing

"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 "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


The song is featured in video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the 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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