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#ThrowbackThursday: “Your Song” by Elton John

Elton John released “Your Song” as the third single from his 1970 self-titled second studio album.

by Sean Smith

The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will meet in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday in Santa Clara, CA. Despite the fact that it should be a good game, even if your not a big football fan chances are you’ll still be tuning in to CBS Sunday evening. Even if it is to watch nothing more than the many new commercials or to watch the Pepsi Halftime Show. Speaking of the halftime show, you can read all about the evolution of the intermission celebration in this article I wrote last year.

This year’s edition of the halftime show will be headlined by British pop rockers Coldplay, with a special appearance by none other than Beyonce. It is also being rumored that a number of other high profile artists may be making surprise appearances as well. So it looks as if music fans have a lot to look forward to in this year’s halftime show. But if the second half kicks off and you are still looking to scratch that musical itch you have going, make sure to tune in to a special edition of The Late Late Show with James Corden airing after the big game. On the Super Bowl edition of the program he will be airing another of his now famous “Carpool Karaoke” segments, this time with the iconic Elton John.

Sir Elton John is releasing his 33rd studio album this Friday, titled Wonderful Crazy Night. It is the first record he has released since The Diving Board in 2013. The new record is co-produced by Elton John and T-Bone Burnett. Elton John also continued his longtime songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, who co-wrote the album’s lyrical content with Sir Elton. The two have had a working relationship that goes back close to 50 years. For this week’s edition of Throwback, we are going to take time to remember one of the very first hit songs the two collaborators produced together.

Elton John released his self-titled second studio album in April, 1970. In October of that year he released his third single from the album, and his first Top 10 hit “Your Song.” The innocent sounding love ballad reached as high as the #8 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming his first hit on any chart around the globe. It was his breakthrough single. “Your Song” helped earn Sir Elton John’s second album two Grammy nominations at the 1971 ceremony. The first for Album of the Year, and the second for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a male. The song itself would eventually go on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Although the song was co-written and recorded first by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the song was actually released by another musical act before it was released on April 10,1970 on Elton John’s self-titled album. On March 31, 1970 “Your Song” was released as an album cut on It Ain’t Easy, the fourth album by the rock group Three Dog Night. This wasn’t the first time that Three Dog Night covered an Elton John song as they had previously covered “Lady Samantha” on their second album Suitable for Framing released in 1969. A song also co-written by Bernie Taupin.

So with Elton John releasing new music this week as well as making an appearance doing “Carpool Karaoke” on The Late Late Show with James Corden after Super Bowl 50 concludes, this week we remember Sir Elton John’s breakthrough hit “Your Song.” Enjoy.

Elton John 

“Your Song” 

From Elton John 

Uni Records

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Three Dog Night 

“Your Song “

From It Ain’t Easy

Dunhill/Probe/MCA Records