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"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.

"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]

The guitar chord riff was used by David Bowie in his 1971 song "Queen Bitch", from his album Hunky Dory.


1 Personnel 2 Chart performance 3 Cover versions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links


Eddie Cochran: vocal and rhythm guitar Sonny Curtis: guitar Conrad 'Guybo' Smith: electric bass Jerry Allison: drums[2]

Chart performance[]

Chart (1960)



Ireland Singles Chart 1 Netherlands Singles Chart 10 New Zealand Singles Chart 6 Norway Singles Chart 7 South African Singles Chart 5 UK Singles Chart 1


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[]

List of posthumous number-one singles (UK)


1.^ Jump up to: a b c d 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.Jump up ^ "Eddie Cochran 1956 Sessions on". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 3.Jump up ^ "Song artist 763 - Eddie Cochran". Retrieved 2014-04-04. 4.Jump up ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

External links[]

Three Steps to Heaven - review of the Showaddywaddy version on Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Preceded by "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers UK number-one single by Eddie Cochran

(London HLG 9115)
June 23, 1960 - June 30, 1960 (2 weeks) Succeeded by

"Good Timin'" by Jimmy Jones Preceded by "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers Irish Singles Chart number-one single by Eddie Cochran

June 23, 1960 – July 28, 1960 (5 weeks) Succeeded by

"Please Don't Tease" by Cliff Richard & The Shadows Preceded by "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette Irish Singles Chart number-one single by Showaddywaddy

June 19, 1975 (1 week) Succeeded by

"The Proud One" by The Osmonds