Three Steps to Heaven (song)

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"Three Steps to Heaven"
Eddie Cochran Three Steps To Heaven.jpg
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side"Cut Across Shorty"
ReleasedMarch 1960 (USA)
May 1960 (UK)
RecordedJanuary 8, 1960, Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreRock and roll, doo-wop, pop, country
LabelLiberty 55242 (USA)
London HLG 9115 (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s)Eddie Cochran
Bob Cochran[1]
Producer(s)Snuff Garrett
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
"Three Steps to Heaven"

"Three Steps to Heaven" is a song co-written and recorded by Eddie Cochran, released in 1960. The record topped the charts in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom posthumously for Cochran following his death in a car accident in April 1960.[1] In the US it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100.

"Three Steps To Heaven" was recorded in January 1960 and featured Buddy Holly's Crickets on instruments. The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob Cochran.[1]

David Bowie used the guitar chord riff in his 1971 song "Queen Bitch" on his album Hunky Dory. He later made reference to the song title in the lyrics of "It's No Game" on 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
Ireland Singles Chart 1
Netherlands Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 6
Norway Singles Chart 7
South African Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 1


Cover versions[edit]

Showaddywaddy's 1975 cover version of this song was also a hit, reaching No. 1 in Ireland and No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 50–1. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Eddie Cochran 1956 Sessions on". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. ^ "Song artist 763 - Eddie Cochran". Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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