‘Island Girl’ by Elton John – Classic Hit or Miss [VIDEO]
“Island Girl” is a song performed by Elton John that went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number 14 in the UK in 1975. In the U.S., it was certified Gold in 1975 and Platinum in 1995 by the RIAA.It was the first single taken from the album Rock of the Westies. The lyrics are about a prostitute in New York City and a man who wants to take that prostitute back to Jamaica. Arguably the “Island Girl” is a male prostitute, given that John sings, “She’s a big girl/she’s standin’ six-foot-three/turning tricks for the dudes in the big city.”
The song is atmospheric, featuring gospel-ish piano behind the famous distorted slide-guitar intro. It also features a high-strung Caribbean guitar sound, marimbas, and a heavy bass guitar. Also notable is a shaky synthesizer solo played by James Newton Howard.