Spanish Eddie

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"Spanish Eddie"
Laura Branigan - Spanish Eddie.png
Single by Laura Branigan
from the album Hold Me
B-side "Tenderness"
Released July 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop
Length 4:10
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) David Palmer, Chuck Cochran
Producer(s) Jack White
Laura Branigan singles chronology
"Spanish Eddie"
"Hold Me"

"Spanish Eddie" is a song by American singer Laura Branigan released as the lead single from her fourth album, Hold Me. The single was produced by Jack White and arranged by Harold Faltermeyer. A moody black-and-white photo appeared on the picture sleeve and the single was promoted by a music video. Released in July 1985, the record became Branigan's sixth Top 40 hit in the U.S. in two and a half years, peaking at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on the Cash Box singles chart. A 12" dance version featuring an extended remix of the Branigan-penned B-side, "Tenderness", as well, gave her highest U.S. peak for the song, at #26. The Billboard Adult Contemporary chart peak for "Spanish Eddie" was #29.

Branigan's single fared better overseas. "Spanish Eddie" achieved Top Ten status in South Africa (#6) and Austria (#8), and was a sizable hit in Sweden (#11) while hitting the Top 40 in Australia (#24), Canada (#34) and Germany (#36). The song also charted in France (#73) and the UK (#87).

Music video[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single[1]

  1. "Spanish Eddie" – 4:10
  2. "Tenderness" – 3:46

12" single[2]

  1. "Spanish Eddie" (Extended remix) – 5:31
  2. "Tenderness" (Extended remix) – 5:50
  3. "Spanish Eddie" – 4:10

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 24
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 8
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 34
France (SNEP)[6] 73
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 36
South Africa (RiSA) 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 87
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 40
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 29
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 26

Cover versions[edit]

  • 1985: Wencke Myhre recorded the song in German as "Die Nacht als der Himmel Feuer fing".
  • 1992: Tony Christie covered the song (also produced by Jack White) for his album Welcome to My Music 2.


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