Three Steps to Heaven (song)

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"Three Steps to Heaven"
Eddie Cochran Three Steps To Heaven.jpg
Single by Eddie Cochran
from the album The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
B-side "Cut Across Shorty"
ReleasedMarch 1960 (USA)
May 1960 (UK)
RecordedJanuary 8, 1960, Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll, doo-wop, pop, country
Length2:21
Label Liberty 55242 (USA)
London HLG 9115 (UK) [1]
Songwriter(s) Eddie Cochran
Bob Cochran [1]
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Eddie Cochran singles chronology
"Hallelujah, I Love Her So"
(1959)
"Three Steps to Heaven"
(1960)
"Lonely"
(1960)

"Three Steps to Heaven" is a song co-written and recorded by Eddie Cochran, released in 1960. The record became a posthumous UK number-one hit for Cochran following his death in a car accident in April 1960. [1] In the US it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100.

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"Three Steps To Heaven" was recorded in January 1960 and featured Buddy Holly's Crickets on instruments. The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob Cochran. [1]

David Bowie used the guitar chord riff in his 1971 song "Queen Bitch" on his album Hunky Dory . He later made reference to the song title in the lyrics of "It's No Game" on 1979's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) .

Personnel

Chart performance

Chart (1960)Peak
position
Ireland Singles Chart1
Netherlands Singles Chart10
New Zealand Singles Chart6
Norway Singles Chart7
South African Singles Chart5
UK Singles Chart1

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Cover versions

Showaddywaddy's 1975 cover version of this song was also a hit, reaching No. 1 in Ireland and No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. [4]

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 50–1. ISBN   0-85112-250-7.
  2. "Eddie Cochran 1956 Sessions on www.eddiecochran.info". Eddiecochran.info. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  3. "Song artist 763 - Eddie Cochran". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN   1-904994-10-5.