Pretty Blue Eyes

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"Pretty Blue Eyes"
Single by Steve Lawrence
B-side"You're Nearer"
Released1959
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenrePop
Length1:52
LabelABC-Paramount Records
Songwriter(s)Teddy Randazzo & Bobby Weinstein[1]
Producer(s)Don Costa[2]
Steve Lawrence singles chronology
"Only One Love"
(1959)
"Pretty Blue Eyes"
(1959)
"Footsteps"
(1960)
"Only One Love"
(1959)
"Pretty Blue Eyes"
(1959)
"Footsteps"
(1960)

"Pretty Blue Eyes" is a song written Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein,[3] which was a hit single for Steve Lawrence, released in 1959, and Craig Douglas, released in 1960.

Steve Lawrence version[edit]

In 1959, Steve Lawrence released the song as a single. Lawrence's version spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 9,[4] while reaching No. 7 on the Cash Box Top 100,[5] No. 4 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade,[6] and No. 7 in Australia.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1959-1960) Peak
position
Australia[7] 7
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[6] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 9
US Cash Box Top 100[5] 7
US Cash Box Records Disc Jockeys Played Most[8] 5
US Cash Box Top Ten Juke Box Tunes[9] 6

Cover versions[edit]

In 1960, Craig Douglas released a cover of the song, which reached No. 4 on the UK's New Musical Express chart[10] and No. 12 in Italy.[11] The song also reached No. 20 in the Netherlands in 1960, in a tandem ranking of Steve Lawrence and Craig Douglas's versions.[12]

In 1964, Teddy Randazzo released a version of the song as the B-side of "Doo Dah".[13]

In 1967, The Guess Who released a version of the song, which reached No. 48 on Canada's RPM 100.[14]

Donny Osmond released a version of the song on his 1972 album Too Young.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pretty Blue Eyes - By: Steve Lawrence, MusicVF.com. Accessed July 25, 2015
  2. ^ "Announcing Don Costa Productions, Inc.", Billboard, October 9, 1961. p. 9. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Lonergan, David F. (2005). Hit Records, 1950-1975, Scarecrow Press. p. 177. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Hot 100 - Steve Lawrence Pretty Blue Eyes Chart History, Billboard.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The Cash Box Top 100", Cash Box, January 23, 1960. p. 4. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "CHUM Charts – Chart No. 142". CHUM. January 18, 1960. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  7. ^ a b David Kent, Australian Top 20 Singles - Week Ending February 13, 1960
  8. ^ "The Records Disc Jockeys Played Most", Cash Box, January 30, 1960. p. 16. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top Ten Juke Box Tunes", Cash Box, January 30, 1960. p. 18. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Craig Douglas - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed October 15, 2015
  11. ^ "Best Selling Pop Records in Italy", Billboard, May 16, 1960. p. 4. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ 16/04/1960, Dutch Charts. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "DCP International Presenting", Billboard, January 25, 1964. p. 22. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "RPM 100", RPM, Volume 7, No. 19, July 08, 1967. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Too Young – Donny Osmond". AllMusic. Retrieved April 4, 2018.