Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Blue Eyes" by Elton John

Song#:  1097
Date:  07/10/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  12
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  John's album "Jump Up!" started to dig him out of a minor slump thanks to the LP's first single, his John Lennon tribute "Empty Garden," and this retro-style ballad. While both songs would come close to the pop Top 10, this song was a major hit at AC hitting #1. The album would eventually be certified gold. There would be one more single issued from the album, "Ball and Chain," but it would fail to chart at pop. However, it would reach #14 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  I've always thought this was a pretty tune. It is nothing that approaches the quality of his classic hits and there is no "wow" factor to it, but it's a lovely ballad that doesn't necessarily sound like it's from the 80s.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  "Jump Up!" featured the song "Legal Boys." This was John's first collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice ("Jesus Christ Superstar," "Evita"). The pair would later work together to great success on the classic 1994 Disney film (and eventual smash Broadway show) "The Lion King."


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