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Rocket Man - Elton John

Rocket Man - Elton John

The inspiration for the lyrics was the story “Rocket Man” from Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man”. It tells the story of an astronaut’s feelings. It was the first time when Elton John had his signature backing vocal consisting in Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson.

“Rocket Man” was a great success for the singer and it quickly became a hit. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, number six on the US Billboard Pop Singles. The single was an international success and it reached the charts worldwide. It peaked number six on the Irish Singles Chart, the German Singles Chart and the Italian Singles Chart.

“Rocket Man” is surely one of the greatest songs in music history as it is ranked at number 242 on the list of “500 Greatest Songs Of All time”, made by Rolling Stones magazine.

“Rocket Man” was released on April 14th, 1972. The song's performer and artist is the famous singer Elton John. The masterpiece was written by the artist himself with help from his friend, Bernie Taupin. The inspiration came from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, which was launched in 1969. The song was initially featured on the singer’s album, “Honky Chateau” as “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time) and it was produced by Gus Dudgeon.

Two years before Elton John’s “Rocket Man” was released, in 1972, the band Pearls Before Swine has already had its own version of the song, also inspired by “Space Oddity”.  According to Taupin, this song’s lyrics were another inspiration for his own lyrics.

“Rocket Man” represents a staple of the artist’s performances and he even offered a live performance of the song in 1998, during the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.

As it stands as a very popular song, it has been covered by many artists throughout the time. A notable version belongs to Kate Bush and it was released in 1991. The cover was part of the album “Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John and Bernie Taupin”. The song featured reggae influences and had as a B-Side, a cover from another famous Elton John song: “Candle In The Wind”. It reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the Australian Singles Chart. Another famous cover was made by David Fonseca, in 2007, as part of the album “Dreams In Colour”.

“Rocket Man” was used by many other singers and artists throughout the world, since the time of its release. It stands as one of the best songs in music history and also one of Elton John’s signature songs.

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