The beginning of the 1980s led Elton John back into the spotlight with the single Little Jeannie.
After announcing he wouldn’t tour any longer, stopping his writing partnership with Bernie Taupin and seduced by the fleeting music trends of the moment, John hadn’t pushed into the charts since 1976.
Written with Gary Osborne, Little Jeannie was the first single released from his 14th studio album 21 at 33, which was John’s 21st release when he was 33 years of age
Recorded in France and California in August 1979 and the first three months of 1980, MCA Records released the album and single in May 1980.
The soft rock ballad climbed the charts quickly, hitting its peak position of number three on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time the singer/songwriter had gone into the top since 1976 with his last chart hit Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, a duet with singer Kiki Dee.
Certified gold and narrowly missing certifiying platinum, Little Jeannie’s soft rock rhythms and saxophone solo made it a favourite of DJs across North America.
Despite its success on the charts and with listeners, Little Jeannie has rarely been performed in concert by Elton John. Listen to the single here.