45 years ago today (October 21st), Elton John got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of a day in his honor in L.A. Elton’s first charting — and first Top 10 — single in both the U.S. and U.K. peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Your Song” It was released 50 years ago this month as the B-side of “Take Me to the Pilot,” until disc jockeys decided it was the hit and flipped the single over. Elton John recalls composing it.
“It was the first lyric I got from Bernie [Taupin] for the Elton John album that I just more or less played all the way through. I knew when I finished writing that song that we’d written a great song. It was the perfect marriage of words and music.”