Little Jeannie
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Little Jeannie

"Little Jeanie"
Single by Elton John
from the album 21 at 33
"Conquer the Sun"
Released1 May 1980 (US)
RecordedAugust 1979
GenreYacht rock, adult contemporary
Length4:46 (single)
5:08 (album)
Elton John / Gary Osborne
Elton John, Clive Franks
Elton John singles chronology

"Little Jeannie" (spelled "Little Jeanie" on the cover of certain single releases) is a song by Elton John and Gary Osborne, recorded by John and released as a single in 1980 from John's album 21 at 33. It reached number three on the Billboard pop chart in the United States, becoming the singer's biggest U.S. hit since 1976's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (a duet with singer Kiki Dee), and his highest-charting solo hit since 1975's "Island Girl".

It became John's fifth #1 on the U.S. Adult contemporary chart,[1] and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[2] It peaked at #3 in both Billboard and Cash Box.

In Canada, it hit #1 one on the RPM 100 national singles chart.[3]

Composed in the key of B flat, which allowed its notable saxophone solo to ring out, the song can be described as an uptempo ballad similar in feel, with its electric piano, to his earlier 1973 hit, "Daniel". In the US, it would be John's highest-charting single co-written with Gary Osborne, while in the UK, where the song only reached number 33, "Blue Eyes" would eventually hold that honour.

Despite its impressive performance in the US charts, Elton John has rarely performed "Little Jeannie" live, doing so only on his 1980 tour and during 2000's One Night Only concerts.[]

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 9
Canadian RPM 100 1
South African Singles Chart[5] 8
UK Singles Chart[6] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 1

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 75,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
  2. ^ "American certifications - Little Jeannie". Recording Industry Association of America.
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ ""Little Jeannie" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Billboard: The Hot 100, 19 July 1980". Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Billboard: Adult Contemporary Chart, 14 June 1980". Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Canadian single certifications - Elton John - Little Jeannie". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "American single certifications - John, Elton - Little Jeannie". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.

External links

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