Ten Little Indians (Harry Nilsson song)

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"Ten Little Indians"
Song by Harry Nilsson from the album Pandemonium Shadow Show
Published 14 June 1967
Released 1967
Length 2:36
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Rick Jarrard
Pandemonium Shadow Show track listing
"Ten Little Indians" 1941
"Ten Little Indians"
Single by The Yardbirds
B-side "Drinking Muddy Water"
Released 16 October 1967
Format 7" single: US
Recorded 25 September 1967, Olympic Studios, London
March 1967, De Lane Lea, London
Genre Blues-rock
Length 2:17
Label Epic
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Mickie Most
The Yardbirds singles chronology
"Ha Ha Said the Clown" / "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor"
"Ten Little Indians" / "Drinking Muddy Water"
"Goodnight Sweet Josephine" / "Think About It"

Ten Little Indians is a song by Harry Nilsson released on his 1967 album Pandemonium Shadow Show.

Written in the style of a nursery rhyme, this song is about the Ten Commandments.[1]

It was covered by The Yardbirds and released the same year (b/w "Drinking Muddy Water" Epic 10248). However, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty do not appear on this track. Yardbirds guitarist and producer Jimmy Page lays claim to inventing the audio effect known as reverse echo whilst recording "Ten Little Indians".

Chart positions[edit]

Yardbirds single[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak position
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart (Pop Singles)[2] 96
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart[3] 71


  1. ^ "Ten Little Indians (Song) at the Harry Nilsson Web Pages". Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Pop Singles - 18 November 1967". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 2 December 1967". Cash Box. Retrieved 2009-01-19.