Sweet Talkin' Woman

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"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Out of the Blue
  • 12 February 1978 (US)
  • 7 October 1978 (UK)
Recorded 1977 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 3:47
Label Jet
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Mr. Blue Sky"
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
"Wild West Hero"
Alternative cover
American single sleeve
American single sleeve
Audio sample
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"

"Sweet Talkin' Woman" is a 1978 single by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) from the album Out of the Blue. Its original title was "Dead End Street", but it was changed during recording, perhaps to avoid confusion with a 1966 hit of the same title by The Kinks. Some words that survived from that version can be heard in the opening of the third verse, "I've been livin' on a dead end street".[1]

The track became the third top ten hit from the LP in the UK, peaking at number 6.[2] As a novelty, initial copies of the 12" and 7" formats were pressed in transparent purple vinyl.

The version released in the United States was 10 seconds shorter than its British counterpart due to a slightly faster mix. In the US, it reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Chart performance


  1. ^ "Sweet Talkin' Woman by Electric Light Orchestra". Songfacts. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin' Woman" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5477a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sweet Talking Woman". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talkin Woman" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Electric Light Orchestra – Sweet Talkin' Woman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  10. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending APRIL 22, 1978". Archived from the original on 4 October 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  11. ^ "Record World Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. 15 April 1978. p. 52. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 30, No. 14, December 30 1978". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  13. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 Singles in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979 (4th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 186–89. ISBN 0-906154-02-2.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1978". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 21 July 2014.

External links

  • In-depth song analysis at the Jeff Lynne Song Database
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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