The Info List - Breaking Hearts

Breaking Hearts, released in 1984, is the eighteenth official album release for Elton John. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray
Dee Murray
and Nigel Olsson. There were four top-40 singles from the album: "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (US #5), "Who Wears These Shoes" (US #16), "In Neon" (US #38), and the UK No. 5 hit "Passengers".


1 Background 2 Track listing

2.1 Side one 2.2 Side two

3 Personnel 4 B-sides 5 Charts

5.1 Weekly charts 5.2 Year-end charts 5.3 Certifications

6 References

Background[edit] This album would be the last to feature all (core) members of the classic " Elton John
Elton John
Band" lineup playing their instruments (although they would reunite to provide backing vocals on John's Reg Strikes Back album). It was the last ever of John's studio albums to feature bass from Murray, who would pass away in 1992 of skin cancer, and it was the last studio album until 2001's Songs from the West Coast that would feature Olsson on drums. It was also the last in which John played both piano and keyboards in the studio by himself. There would be a backup keyboardist for every album moving forward. Breaking Hearts was also the first album since Victim of Love to not feature a string or horn section on any track. This is one of only two albums with John's classic band to which (unofficial member) Ray Cooper did not contribute at all, the other being 1973's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. Shortly after the tour, the band line-up would change and Gus Dudgeon, John's former producer, would produce the next two albums. In the US it was certified gold in September 1984 and platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA. Apart from the 1984 Breaking Hearts Tour, no songs have been performed from the album except "Restless" and "Passengers", on the following 1985–1986 World Tour (the latter song only performed on the UK leg). John has continued performing "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" as of 2017. Track listing[edit] All songs written by Elton John
Elton John
and Bernie Taupin, except where noted. Side one[edit]

"Restless" – 5:17 "Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)" – 4:10 "Who Wears These Shoes?" – 4:04 " Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be)" – 3:34 "Li'l 'Frigerator" – 3:37

Side two[edit]

Passengers (John, Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Phineas McHize) – 3:24 "In Neon" – 4:19 "Burning Buildings" – 4:02 "Did He Shoot Her?" – 3:21 "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – 4:55


Elton John
Elton John
– acoustic piano (tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10), synthesizers (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), organ (track 5), harmonium (track 6), Fender Rhodes (track 7), harpsichord (track 7), Yamaha electric grand piano (track 10), lead and backing vocals Davey Johnstone
Davey Johnstone
– acoustic guitar (tracks 2, 6, 7, 8, 10), electric guitar (tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 8, 9), sitar (track 9), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10) Dee Murray
Dee Murray
– bass guitar (tracks 1-3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10) Nigel Olsson
Nigel Olsson
– drums (tracks 1-3, 5-10), backing vocals (tracks 1-4, 6-10) Andrew Thompson – saxophone (track 5)

Production and design

Chris Thomas – producer Renate Blauel
Renate Blauel
– recording Tim Young – mastering (UK) Greg Fulginiti – mastering (US) David Costa – art direction and design Richard Young – photography Patrick Jones – band photography Herb Ritts
Herb Ritts
Bernie Taupin
Bernie Taupin


Song Format

"A Simple Man" Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
7" (US/UK), 12" (UK)

"Lonely Boy" Who Wears These Shoes? 7" (US) / Passengers 7"/12" (UK)

"Tactics" In Neon 7" (US)

"Tortured" Who Wears These Shoes? 7"/12" (UK)

"Passengers (Extended Mix)" Passengers 12" (UK)

"Who Wears These Shoes? (Extended Version)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Live)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)

"A Simple Man" was recorded in 1981 during the Jump Up! sessions. In 2003, Mercury Universal and The Rocket Record Company
The Rocket Record Company
re-released the album, which was remastered by Gary Moore. As did 21 at 33, The Fox and Jump Up!, it contained no bonus tracks. Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak position

Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Albums Chart[3] 1

Austrian Albums Chart[4] 4

Canadian RPM Albums Chart[5] 10

Dutch Mega Albums Chart[6] 41

Japanese Oricon
Albums Chart[7] 54

New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 2

Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[9] 7

Spanish Albums Chart[10] 5

Swedish Albums Chart[11] 11

Swiss Albums Chart[12] 1

UK Albums Chart[13] 2

US Billboard 200[14] 20

West German Media Control Albums Chart[15] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position

Australian Albums Chart[3] 16

Austrian Albums Chart[16] 26

Canadian Albums Chart[17] 42

Swiss Albums Chart[18] 11

UK Albums Chart[19] 33


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[20] Platinum 70,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 240,000[19]

United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^


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Preceded by Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie Australian Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
number-one album 9–29 July 1984 Succeeded by Purple Rain (soundtrack) by Prince and The Revolution

Preceded by Footloose (soundtrack)
Footloose (soundtrack)
by Various artists Swiss Music Chart number-one album 15 July 1984 Succeeded by Footloose (soundtrack)
Footloose (soundtrack)
by Various artists

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