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Spanish Eddie
Spanish Eddie

"Spanish Eddie" is a song by American singer Laura Branigan released as the lead single from her fourth album, Hold Me. The single was produced by Jack White and arranged by Harold Faltermeyer. A moody black-and-white photo appeared on the picture sleeve and the single was promoted by a music video. Released in July 1985, the record became Branigan's sixth Top 40 hit in the U.S. in two and a half years, peaking at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on the Cash Box singles chart. A 12" dance version featuring an extended remix of the Branigan-penned B-side, "Tenderness", as well, gave her highest U.S. peak for the song, at #26. The Billboard Adult Contemporary chart peak for "Spanish Eddie" was #29.

Branigan's single fared better overseas. "Spanish Eddie" achieved Top Ten status in South Africa (#6) and Austria (#8), and was a sizable hit in Sweden (#11) while hitting the Top 40 in Australia (#24), Canada (#34) and Germany (#36). The song also charted in France (#73) and the UK (#87).

Music video

Formats and track listings

7" single[1]

12" single[2]

Chart performance

Cover versions

  • 1985: Wencke Myhre recorded the song in German as "Die Nacht als der Himmel Feuer fing".
  • 1992: Tony Christie covered the song (also produced by Jack White) for his album Welcome to My Music 2.
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