By October 1973, Elton John was in the middle of a number one album streak. And just around nine months after releasing Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player, he released what would be considered to be the apex of that period.
It was at this time, John released the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, a double album that featured some of John’s most signature tune. One of those singles was “Candle in the Wind”, which was seen as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, yet served as an anthem for those who died young, notably Princess Diana (whom the song would be rewritten for in 1997). Another was “Bennie and the Jets”, which would be the album’s biggest hit, hitting number one on the pop charts, and even made the R&B top twenty (a rarity for rock acts). Other notable tracks include “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, “Harmony”, and the title track.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road knocked the Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup from the top of the charts, for an eight week stay in the position. It would go to sell more than 31 million copies worldwide, and is regarded as one of the top 100 most influential albums of all time, in listings from sources including Rolling Stone and the UK’s channel 4.