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Kim CarnesBette Davis Eyes

Genre:Electronic
Style:Synth-pop
Year:

Tracklist

Bette Davis Eyes3:47
Miss You Tonite5:13

Credits (1)

Notes

Cover version of the Jackie DeShannon song by the same title, taken from the 1975 album New Arrangement. This is the database entry for the 1981 Kim Carnes single.

Other releases:
- 1997 remixes: Bette Davis Eyes '97 Remixes
- 2001 remixes: Betty Davis Eyes 2001
- 2002 remixes: Bette Davis Eyes 2002

Double A-sided releases:
- 1998: Atomic Dog / Bette Davis Eyes
- Unknown: Goldfinger / Bette Davis Eyes

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    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    EMI America – 2C 008-86.359, EMI America – 2 C 008-86359France1981France1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Push-Out Centre
    EMI America – EA 121UK1981UK1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981-04-27, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 3C 006-86359Italy1981Italy1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7"
    EMI America – AMI 460Australia1981Australia1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
    EMI America – 1C 052-86 359 YZ, EMI Electrola – 1C 052-86 359 YZGermany1981Germany1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981-04-01, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    EMI America – 1 C 006-86 359, EMI Electrola – 1 C 006-86 359Germany1981Germany1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    EMI America – 1A 006-86359Netherlands1981Netherlands1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – AMI-460Australia1981Australia1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    EMI America – 31C 006 86359Brazil1981Brazil1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Jacksonville Pressing
    EMI America – 8077US1981US1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Ojos De Bette Davis, 1981-05-18, VinylOjos De Bette Davis
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 10C 006-086.359Spain1981Spain1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Jugoton – SEMI 89027, EMI America – 8077Yugoslavia1981Yugoslavia1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – EYS-17147Japan1981Japan1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", Single, Stereo
    EMI America – 8077Canada1981Canada1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    12", Maxi-Single
    Capitol Records – 446-1082Colombia1981Colombia1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 3C 006-86359Italy1981Italy1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
    Liberty – 1C 052-86 359Germany1981Germany1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue
    EMI – F 8077New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Ojos De Bette Davis = Bette Davis Eyes , 1981, VinylOjos De Bette Davis = Bette Davis Eyes
    7"
    EMI America – 33C 006-86359Mexico1981Mexico1981
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981-04-00, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, 4-Prong Centre
    EMI America – EA 121UK1981UK1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo
    EMI America – 8077Canada1981Canada1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Winchester Pressing
    EMI America – 8077US1981US1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes = Ojos De Bette Davis, 1981-04-30, VinylBette Davis Eyes = Ojos De Bette Davis
    2×7", Single, Single Sided, Test Pressing, 45 RPM
    EMI America – 006 - 086359 - A, EMI America – 006 - 086359 - B, EMI America – 086.359, EMI America – 10C 006 086.359Spain1981Spain1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", Single, Promo
    EMI America – 8077US1981US1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis
    12", 45 RPM, Stereo, Yellow Transparent
    Capitol Records – 446-1082Colombia1981Colombia1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", Single
    EMI America – 11C008-86359H, Valentim De Carvalho – C 008-86 359Portugal1981Portugal1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – EA 121Ireland1981Ireland1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981-04-27, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 3C 006-86359Italy1981Italy1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 01.36.1810Peru1981Peru1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", Single
    EMI America – 8077Barbados1981Barbados1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – EA 121UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Solid Centre
    EMI America – EA 121UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Ojos De Bette Davis, 1981, VinylOjos De Bette Davis
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 10C 006-086.359Spain1981Spain1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis / Miss You Tonight = Te Extraño Está Noche, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes = Los Ojos De Bette Davis / Miss You Tonight = Te Extraño Está Noche
    7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
    EMI International – BO - 1322Bolivia1981Bolivia1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – 8077Canada1981Canada1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI America – AMIJ-512South Africa1981South Africa1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue
    EMI America – F 8077New Zealand1981New Zealand1981
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes / Miss You Tonite, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes / Miss You Tonite
    7", 45 RPM
    EMI America – 109-0053Ecuador1981Ecuador1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylBette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    EMI America – EA121UK1981UK1981
    New Submission
    Cover of Los Ojos De Bette Davis = Bette Davis Eyes, 1981, VinylLos Ojos De Bette Davis = Bette Davis Eyes
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Capitol Records – 21511Chile1981Chile1981
    New Submission

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    • q-park's avatar
      q-park
      Is this also the 3:47 single/album version on this release?
      • jose_music's avatar
        jose_music
        When I heard this song for the first time on the radio, I got so hooked on it. I couldn't get this song out of my head. Who was this singer with the raspy voice? Back then, we knew nothing about the artists. Sometimes, only years later we would find out who they really looked like. Intrigued by the song, I really really begged my mother to buy me this single, and so this way I found out that it was a blonde girl named Kim Carnes that sang this song.

        Only years later I found out that this song was a cover. It was a huge hit all over the world. In the US it stayed number 1 on the top charts for nine weeks. Only "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John stayed for ten weeks. 🎵💯❤️

        Kim Carnes had several other hits before and after this, but none even close to this big.

        The song is about Bette Davis. She was an actress known for playing strong, independent women. Her movies include What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and All About Eve. She was famous for her New England accent and her eyes. So, the name "Bette Davis Eyes". After this song became a hit single,

        Bette Davis wrote letters to Kim Carnes and the songwriters to say she was a fan of the song and thank them for making her "a part of modern history."
        • puschi's avatar
          puschi
          taken from a youtube comment

          As with most big hits, the Carnes version was the combination of the right recording of the right song by the right artist at the right time. Many songs I've followed took years before that combination came to pass (Broken Roads by Rascal Flatts comes to mind but there are many many others). From a Composers perspective, the IV-VI-V chord progression of the Carnes version (Key of F: Bb-dm-C) was what made it a hit. This original 'version' lacks that, but instead, goes to the typical, routine, standard country chord progression IV-V-I with the V7/V in there (i.e. in the key of D: G-A-D w/E7). Whoever put the Carnes IV-VI-V progression into her arrangement (in F major: Bb-dm-C), is the one responsible for the song really, becoming almost an entirely different and distinct 'new' song. That chord progression changed everything. The Carnes version opens with that progression. (Bb-dm-C) and constantly returns to it. It's the hook of the whole song. Then, with the other ingredients listed above of the right recording, right artist, and right timing, you have a monster hit.
          Daniel Léo Simpson
          Composer
          San Francisco
          • Swann36's avatar
            Swann36
            Side B is a super track as well, in my mind this was a double A side and Kim wrote this 'B' side herself showing she could write a good tune, i wonder if tracks sentiments were from Kim's real life experience ? either way the story in this bit of pop is easily identifyible by many people.

            So all in all this is a terrific 45 to own with both sides worthy of the vinyl
            • Swann36's avatar
              Swann36
              Such a sexy husky voice Kim used on this superb track from '81, theres also a great drum and bass beat going on to drive the song forward

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