Two for Tuesday: Elton John

Bennie

Philly

Last of the March 25th birthday posts (all right, it’s a day late) is Reg Dwight, better known as Elton John.

Elton’s music has been around since I was in eighth grade, when “Your Song” came out, but I wasn’t a fan until I got to college and heard the songs I’m featuring today. The first is “Bennie and the Jets,” from 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The song wasn’t released as a single until 1974, went to #1 in the US and Canada, and has been certified platinum. The second, “Philadelphia Freedom,” was released as a single in 1975, and was also #1 in the US and Canada and has also been certified platinum.

In 2004, Elton released Peachtree Road, an album named after the main street in Atlanta. (There are over seventy streets with some variant of “Peachtree” in the name.) Elton has a home here, a condominium he shares with his partner.

Happy birthday (if a day late), Elton John, your Two for Tuesday for March 26, 2013.

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