Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Became The Singer’s Career Game Changer – Here’s Why
Elton John has been a well-known singer in the music industry, and this became possible thanks to his hit song, “Rocket Man”.
John began his career as pianist at the Northwood Hotel. Years later, he and his friends formed the band Bluesology, which became the backing of several musicians, including Major Lance, Pattie LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Isley Brothers. He continued to perform with other artists until he decided to make his debut as a soloist with his debut album, “Elton”. Its first and second singles, “Border Song” and “Your Song”, appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.
Despite the success of the album, John did not reach the height of his career until he released the following album, “Honky Chateau” in 1972, which introduced his hit song, “Rocket Man”.
This year, John and his fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of the single, and it was a game-changer in his career.
How awesome is Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’?
The song, inspired by the short story of the same name in Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man,” tells the story of an astronaut en route to Mars.
It immediately touched people’s hearts when it immediately appeared on the UK charts at No. 2 and on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 6. With these recognitions, it became his first big hit.
Although she gave it up years ago, the song still managed to Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time. “Rocket Man” also served as the lead track for the singer when he performed at the Space Shuttle “Discovery” launch site in 1998.
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Also, John sang it as a tribute to David Bowie after his death in 2016. The song’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin, revealed his inspiration in a video 2016. He revealed that he was influenced by Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, eventually leading to a hit mashup of the song and “Rocket Man”.
More recently, Ipsos conducted a poll which hailed John’s song as the most popular song in the UK. “Rocket Man” ranked first with 22%, with “I’m Still Standing”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer” rounding out the Top 5.
“Rocket Man” has already set several game-changing records in John’s career. But on top of all that, it’s A look at the Oscars 2020 proved – even more – the power of song. It even led to the birth of the biopic “The Rocketman”, which received critical responses from critics.
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