Australian singles chart:
Rocket Man entered the Kent singles charts on 15 May 1972 peaked at #13. The song was #67 on the Top 100 of 1972.
The song is on Honky Château which entered the Kent album charts on 24 July 1972 and peaked at #4.
Space exploration was big in 1972; the song came out around the time of the Apollo 16 mission, which sent men to the moon for the fifth time.
The inspiration for Bernie Taupin’s lyrics, however, was the short story The Rocket Man, written by Ray Bradbury. The sci-fi author’s tale is told from the perspective of a child, whose astronaut father has mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job. It was published as part of the anthology The Illustrated Man in 1951.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/elton-john/rocket-man
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