Green-Eyed Lady

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"Green-Eyed Lady"
Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf.jpg
Single by Sugarloaf
from the album Sugarloaf
B-side "West of Tomorrow"
Released August 1970
Genre Jazz fusion, psychedelic rock
Length 6:53 (album version)
5:58 (single version #1)
2:58 (single version #2)
3:33 (single version #3)
Label Liberty Records
Songwriter(s) Jerry Corbetta, J.C. Phillips & David Riordan[1]
Sugarloaf singles chronology
"Green-Eyed Lady"
"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"
"Green-Eyed Lady"
"Don't Call Us, We'll Call You"

"Green-Eyed Lady" is a popular single by the 1970s rock band Sugarloaf. Written by band member Jerry Corbetta along with J.C. Phillips and David Riordan,[1] the song was featured on the band's debut album, Sugarloaf, and was the band's first single. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 and was RPM Magazine's number one single for two weeks.[2] It remains the band's most popular song, according to the rankings.[3] It has been featured on dozens of compilation albums.[4]

Single versions[edit]

The original single release was a 5:58 version with no edits but an early fadeout, almost immediately after the last verse. This was later trimmed down to 2:58 (for radio airplay only) in which the entire organ and guitar solos are edited out. When "Green-Eyed Lady" started climbing the charts, the single was reworked one last time to include a shortened piece of the organ/guitar break; this became the common 3:33 version used by radio stations today. Aside from other minor edits, the two shorter tracks begin with the opening's third bar and also end with early fadeouts. All three versions were released under the same catalog number (Liberty 56183).

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally positive reviews. One reviewer called the song "jazzy and memorable",[5] while John Laycock of the Windsor Star called it a "bewitching single".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Four years later, Sugarloaf described the process of recording the song and selling it to the recording industry (namely the failed attempt to get CBS Records to distribute the record) in its song "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You," which also became a hit.

The song is featured in the 1997 comedy film Home Alone 3, starring Alex D. Linz and Rya Kihlstedt.[9]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Pat Travers,[10] Lifeunderwater and My Sister's Machine.[11]

San Francisco experimental rock band Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 released a version of the song on their 1991 album Lovelyville.

It was also sampled by Jordan Knight for his song, "A Different Party".


  1. ^ a b "45cat - Sugarloaf - Green-Eyed Lady". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ "Sugarloaf — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and photos at". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ Stewart Mason. "Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ "More than a green-eyed lady | The Midnight Tracker". 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ Laycock, John (October 8, 1970). "Pop". The Windsor Star. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Home Alone 3 Soundtrack (complete album tracklisting)". 1997-12-09. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Washburn, Jim (May 18, 1992). "POP MUSIC REVIEW : My Sister's Machine Comes on Loud but Not Very Clear". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 

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