Australian singles chart:
Rocket Man entered the Kent singles chart 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.
Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Supported by YouTube, The Cut invited filmmakers to create the first official music videos for three of Elton’s most famous songs: eltonjohn.com/thecut
In his own interpretation of Elton John’s iconic hit Rocket Man, Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin reimagines the song to tell a new story of adventure, loneliness and hope.
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
Before Rocket Man, Elton had only one substantial hit, Your Song. When Rocket Man hit the airwaves, it transformed his career almost overnight and saved him from being written off as a one-hit wonder.
Read more: Rocket Man changed Elton John’s career almost overnight — 50 years on, it remains an anthem
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