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"Island Girl"
Single by Elton John
from the album Rock of the Westies
B-side "Sugar on the Floor"
Released September 29, 1975
Genre Rock
Length 3:42 (single version)
Label MCA (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
"Island Girl"
"Grow Some Funk of Your Own"/"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"

"Island Girl" is a song performed by Elton John that went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number 14 in the UK in 1975. It was the first single taken from the album Rock of the Westies. The lyrics are about a prostitute and a man who wants to take her back to Jamaica.

The song is atmospheric, featuring gospel-ish piano behind the famous scratchy, distorted repeated slide guitar intro. It also features a high-strung Caribbean mandolin/guitar sound, Caribbean steel drums and marimbas, and a heavy bass guitar. Also notable is a shaky synthesizer solo.

The single's B-Side was "Sugar on the Floor", which was written by Kiki Dee, who would go on to duet with Elton on a number of occasions, most notably on their chart-topping 1976 single, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".

Preceded by
"Bad Blood" by Neil Sedaka
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 1, 1975
Succeeded by
"That's the Way (I Like It)" by KC & The Sunshine Band


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