"Jealous Guy" is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs, with at least 92 recorded cover versions, the most notable being Roxy Music's version, which reached number one in several countries three months after John Lennon's death.
- 2 The release
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Roxy Music version
- 5 Charts
- 6 Other versions
- 7 Roberto Bellarosa version
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The song's genesis came in India, after The Beatles attended a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi about a "son of the mother nature". This inspired both Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write songs about the same subject. McCartney's composition "Mother Nature's Son" was selected for The Beatles (The White Album), while Lennon's song "Child of Nature" was not. However, both were demoed at George Harrison's Esher home in May 1968. The demo featured Lennon's double-tracked vocal and playing an acoustic guitar. After that, Lennon continued to play it into the Get Back sessions. Eventually, the lyrics were scrapped and replaced by the now well known "Jealous Guy" lyrics for Imagine.
Three recordings of "Child of Nature" are currently known. The first is a demo of the song recorded at the home of George Harrison in May 1968. The second, on which George sings backing vocals, was recorded at Twickenham Film Studios on 2 January 1969. A third recording was made at Apple Studios on 24 January. A snatch of the chorus from the second recording appears on the Fly on the Wall bonus disc packaged with Let It Be... Naked.
"Jealous Guy" was released on the Imagine album in 1971. During Lennon's lifetime, it was not released as a single.
Almost five years after Lennon's murder, and four-and-a-half years after Roxy Music had taken their cover of the song to number one on the UK charts in 1981, John Lennon's recording of "Jealous Guy" was released by Parlophone as a single in November 1985, under catalogue number R-6117. ("Going Down on Love", a track from Walls and Bridges, was the B-side.) Lennon's version of "Jealous Guy" reached number 65 in the charts.
In the United States, the single reached number 80 in the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1988, in conjunction with the release of the film Imagine: John Lennon. "Jealous Guy" also peaked at number 22 on the Hot Adult Contemporarychart.
- John Lennon - vocals, acoustic guitar, whistling
- Nicky Hopkins - piano
- John Barham - harmonium
- Alan White - vibraphone
- Joey Molland - acoustic guitar
- Tom Evans - acoustic guitar
- Mike Pinder - tambourine
- Klaus Voormann - bass
- Jim Keltner - drums
- The Flux Fiddlers - strings
A promotional video was made for the song in 1971. It showed, mostly in a continuous overhead shot by helicopter, John and Yoko travelling in a hearse from their Tittenhurst Park mansion to a nearby lake, where they were then shown hopping into a rowing boat.
|Single by Roxy Music|
|B-side||"To Turn You On"|
|Released||February 1981 (UK)|
|Genre||Pop rock, New Wave|
|Producer(s)||Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies|
|Roxy Music singles chronology|
Following Lennon's death in 1980, Roxy Music added a cover version of the song to their set while touring in Germany, which they recorded and released in March 1981. The single was released by Polydor with "To Turn you on" as the B-side, with catalogue number "ROXY 2". The song was the only UK #1 hit for Roxy Music, topping the charts for two weeks in March 1981. Its B-side, called "To Turn You On", appeared on the 1982 album "Avalon", although it was slightly remixed. Roxy Music's cover of "Jealous Guy" features on many Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music collections and eighties music compilations, though not always in its full-length version.
|Australian Kent Music Report||1|
|Austrian Top 40||6|
|Belgium VRT Top 30||5|
|Dutch Top 40||7|
|French Singles Chart||9|
|German Media Control Singles Chart||19|
|Irish Singles Chart||3|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||4|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||6|
|Radio Luxemburg Singles||1|
|Spanish Singles Chart||22|
|Swedish Singles Chart||18|
|Swiss Singles Chart||4|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australian Kent Music Report||4|
|Belgian VRT Top 30||28|
|Dutch Top 40||61|
|UK Singles Chart||20|
A music video was filmed for the song. The video mainly consisted of Bryan Ferry singing to camera before whistling and playing on a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer during the coda. Guitarist Phil Manzanera and saxophonist Andy Mackay also appear in the video during their respective solos.
- Aslan The song served as their first single from the Uncased album.
- Belinda Carlisle (as a B-side to her single "In Too Deep" and on the U.S. version of her 1996 album A Woman and a Man).
- Ben Allison (on his 2008 album "Little Things Run The World").
- The Black Crowes (live version appears as the B-side to the 1990 "Twice As Hard" single)
- Casey James on the ninth season of American Idol
- Collective Soul (for the 1995 tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon).
- Curtis Stigers (on his 2009 album "Lost in dreams")
- Deftones (appeared on Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur as an iTunes exclusive bonus track).
- Donny Hathaway (appeared on Live in 1972).
- Elliott Smith (his simple acoustic rendering was a frequent part of his live performances, such as his 1998 Washington DC Black Cat show).
- Enuff Z'Nuff (on their 1997 album "Seven").
- The Faces (on their 1975 live album Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners).
- Frankie Miller
- Gavin DeGraw
- Jeff Tweedy
- Kevin Hewick
- Liz Gillies article [www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-21/lennons-surprising-jealous-guy/]
- Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, who gave an emotional performance of "Jealous Guy" at the October 2001 Radio City Music Hall New York City show, Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music - a tribute to Lennon and the victims of the 11 September attacks.
- Luna (on the "Mr. Jealousy - Music From The Motion Picture" soundtrack).
- Mason Betha
- Peter Criss (of KISS).
- Pedro Aznar on his album Quebrado.
- Soulive on day two of Bowlive III - 2012 (featuring John Scofield and Nigel Hall).
- The Shadows (on their 1987 album Simply Shadows)
- Youssou N'Dour (for Amnesty International's 2007 CD benefit release, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur).
- Jimmy Scott on his 1998 album Holding Back the Years and in the 2002 film Chelsea Walls
- Brendan Bayliss (of Umphrey's McGee) during the 8th Annual Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger Acoustic Holiday Show (2010) at Park West in Chicago 
- William Galison played a harmonica cover of the song on Got You on My Mind, a collaboration album with Madeleine Peyroux.
- Im Tae Kyung
|Single by Roberto Bellarosa|
|from the album Ma voie|
|Released||April 4, 2012|
|Label||8ball Music, Sony Music Entertainment|
|Roberto Bellarosa singles chronology|
In 2012 the song was covered by Belgian singer of Italian origin Roberto Bellarosa after winning the first season of The Voice Belgique in 2012, released on April 4, 2012 from his debut albumMa voie (2012). The single reached number 4 in Belgium.
- Digital download
- "Jealous Guy" – 2:50
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||4|
|Belgium||April 4, 2012||Digital download||8ball Music, Sony Music Entertainment|