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recordrocky 173. Elton John - Elton John
Released in 1970

I only started to get in to Elton John the last couple of years. And I did miss out on a lot! Still haven't heard a bad song by this man. Eltons brilliant music and Bernie Taupins poetic lyrics makes a perfect combination. This is his second album and it's a good one. Full of great music.

Album: Great
Cover: Nice
Favourite track: Take me to the pilot
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fydpd My largest frustration: When you know it, but just don't quite have it fully. @eltonjohn #JackBlack @thegrahamnortonshow #TakeMeToThePilot #fyd #fyfd 1w

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big_poot Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton Hercules John on this day in 1968. In 1962, at age 15, he got his first gig, as a pub pianist at the Northwood Hills Hotel, billed simply as Reggie. Around the same time he formed a band called Bluesology with some friends and by the mid-60s they were opening for American touring artists like the Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle. In 1966, they became English blues singer Long John Baldry's supporting band. In 1967, Dwight and Bernie Taupin both answered an ad placed by Liberty Records A&R manager Ray Williams. Dwight wrote music for a stack of lyrics Taupin had submitted and they recorded their first song, "Scarecrow", out of this initial meeting. Thus began one of the most successful partnerships in music history and their collaborations continue to this day. It was right around then that Dwight adopted his new name; he took his first name from Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean, the middle name from a horse on the British sitcom "Steptoe and Son", and the surname from Long John Baldry. John & Taupin joined DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968 cranking out easy-listening tunes for artists like Roger Cook and Lulu. John also worked as a session musician, including piano on the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". In 1969, they decided to start writing more complex material for themselves which led to John's debut album, "Empty Sky", which didn't make much impact. Today's feature is his self-titled 2nd LP, released April 1970, which established the formula for much of his great 70s work: a blend of gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads. "Elton John" became his first hit album, scored his first 2 Grammy nods, and launched his career during the singer-songwriter era. The first single, "Border Song", a gospel rock ballad, cracked the Top 100 in the US. The second single was upbeat rocker "Take Me to the Pilot", which he still regularly performs live, but it was that 45's B-side which attracted DJs. The now classic pop ballad "Your Song" was John's first international hit and has since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and ranked at 137 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs list. 3w

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celticspiral Clean up clean up, everybody clean up! #beer #brew #takemetothepilot 2mon

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michieswenson #BillyElton Live from the stage. Yes, I recorded this upside down. #TakeMeToThePilot #EltonJohn #BillyJoel #Nvhs #FrenchHorn #Horn #popsconcert 3mon

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t_k_hanley Released my secret vocal practice technique today. Did it over an @eltonjohn tune called "Take me to the Pilot". Also shout out to my @trapped_on_earth buds for playing this song. #eltonjohn #takemetothepilot #bostonpianos #stankonia #voice 3mon

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ohsojoeyful She's living life through a lens, go on and strike a pose. But all the pictures show that she's overexposed. She's got a string of bad habits hanging up in a gallery. But still it looks good yeah, still looks good to me Snapshots from my photoshoot with my talented big sis (: 5mon

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arcirismusic #johnmedeski Guys! You don't want to miss this show tonight @levonhelmramble #takemetothepilot #keyboardshred #eltonjohn 5mon

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ryanairlie 8th time I've seen the great man Elton but never in an intimate venue like this. Bring that shit on.
#elton #horden #takemetothepilot #yoursong
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