JON ENGLISH
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
Australia 1977

Single on Polydor by singer and actor born in Britain in 1949, in Australia from 1963.

Jon English (1949-2016) was rarely absent from Australian stage or television from the early 70s. He was in the Australian cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, the TV drama Against The Wind and the sitcom All Together Now. In later years he starred in popular Gilbert and Sullivan revivals and in a stage version of Dad's Army.

He had several charting singles throughout the 70s and 80s, including Handbags and Gladrags (1973),Turn The Page (1974), Words Are Not Enough (by Garry Paige & Mark Punch, 1978), Six Ribbons (with Mario Millo, 1978) and Hot Town (1979). 

Thanks to Terry Stacey for suggestion and proof-reading.

THE WHO
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
UK 1971
Original version

On album Who's Next, also released as a single in several countries including the USA but not in the UK.

Pete Townshend of The Who demoed Behind Blue Eyes in 1971 for Lifehouse, a proposed rock opera that was never staged.

Townshend's box set Lifehouse Chronicles (2000) collected material connected with the project, including Behind Blue Eyes. Another version of the song appeared on a Lifehouse sampler, also in 2000, Lifehouse Elements.

See also Townshend's 1986 single, below.

Later versions:

ROGER DALTREY
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
UK 1986
Later version

Live version by lead singer of The Who on Under A Raging Moon, a double EP on 10 Records. Two of the tracks are from the album Under A Raging Moon, with three live tracks.

PETE TOWNSHEND
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
USA 1986
Later version

Single on Atco by the composer, B-side of Barefootin', a remake of Robert Parker's #7 USA hit from the mid-60s.

THE CHIEFTAINS
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
UK? 1992
Later version

On live album An Irish Evening, with Roger Daltrey from The Who joining the band on this and two other tracks.

SHERYL CROW
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
USA 2001
Later version

American singer-songwriter's contribution to tribute album Substitute - The Songs Of The Who

Further reading: Sheryl Crow bio by Steve Huey at AllMusic.

LIMP BIZKIT
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
UK 2003
Later version
#18 UK #71 USA #4 Australia #5 NZ #1 Spain #1 Sweden #1 Finland #2 Denmark #2 Germany #2 Norway #3 Austria #3 Brazil #3 Poland

Single on Interscope by rap-rock band formed in Florida in the mid-90s, lead singer Fred Durst.

Further reading: 1. Limp Bizkit bio by John Bush at AllMusic. 2. Limp Bizkit's official site.

 
SUZANNE VEGA
Behind Blue Eyes
(Pete Townshend)
USA 2006
Later version

On Live at Montreux 2004 (rel. 2006) by US folk-rock singer-songwriter (b. 1959).

Further reading: Suzanne Vega bio by Steve Huey at AllMusic.

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