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"Little Jeannie"
Single by Elton John
from the album 21 at 33
B-side "Conquer the Sun"
Released May 1, 1980
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Rocket Records
Writer(s) Elton John / Gary Osborne
Producer Elton John, Clive Franks
Elton John singles chronology
"Johnny B. Goode"
"Little Jeannie"
"Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?)"

"Little Jeannie" is a song by Elton John and Gary Osborne, recorded by John and released as a single in 1980; the song appears on John's album 21 at 33. It reached #3 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 also became John's fifth #1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, and it was certified gold by the RIAA.[1] The song can be described as an uptempo ballad. In the US, it would be Elton's highest-charting single co-written with Gary Osborne, while in the UK, where the song only reached #33, "Blue Eyes" would eventually hold that honour. Despite its impressive performance in the US charts, Elton has rarely performed "Little Jeannie" live, doing so only on his 1980 tour and during 2000's One Night Only concerts.

Instrumentally, "Little Jeannie" strongly resembles John's earlier hit "Daniel", with an electric piano and an acoustic guitar dominating the arrangement. Ironically, the later song features only one of the same instrumentalists—drummer Nigel Olsson--as the earlier song. Even the piano, played by John himself on "Daniel", is here played by James Newton-Howard. The outro section (beginning with the lyrics "You stepped into my life from a bad dream") also bears a striking resemblance to the melody of Leo Sayer's #1 U.S. & U.K. hit "When I Need You."


  1. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996


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