Sir Elton John was my very first musical favorite, everything. Before KISS, Journey, Olivia Newton-John, there was Elton John. I can’t remember why I was originally such a fan. I just remember that when I heard Rocket Man or Crocodile Rock, I was hooked and had to hear more and more. I don’t remember who gave me money for Christmas in 1974, but I bugged my sister, Kathy, to take me to the record store(remember those?) on Fort St. in Lincoln Park, Town N Country, so I could buy the brand new album, Elton John’s Greatest Hits. I seem to recall it was $4.99 plus tax.
Like every other 8 year old kid that finds a favorite, I became obsessed with the music of the man with the crazy glasses and flamboyant outfits. I listened to that album front to back, day after day after day. I knew every word in the liner notes right down to the studio where it was mixed. I usually skipped the slower songs like Your Song and Border Song, in favor of the harder hitting Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and the funky, Honky Cat. I’m still a fan to this very day. John is still making great recordings. His 2016 release, Wonderful Crazy Night, is among his very best albums.