Song Of The Day: Elton John – “Take Me To The Pilot” (1970)

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On this night in 1970, Elton John kicked off his first-ever US tour with a legendary performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The club was packed with luminaries like Quincy Jones, Neil Diamond, Mike Love and Leon Russell, who were all turned on by Elton’s debut album which had dropped in July. Elton brought the house down, and this was one of the songs he played. The next day the Los Angeles Times’ music critic Robert Hilburn wrote: “Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning. He’s going to be one of rock’s biggest and most important stars.” Who says Rock critics never get it right?

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