Today in Music History, March 14

40 years ago today Elton John was atop the U.S. singles charts with Crocodile Rock.

It was released on 27 October 1972 in the UK and 20 November 1972 in the U.S., as a pre-release single from his forthcoming 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, and became his first U.S. number-one single, reaching the top spot on 3 February 1973, and stayed there for three weeks. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 5 February 1973 and Platinum on 13 September 1995 by the RIAA.

Do you know what Australian song inspired Elton John and Bernie Taupin to write “Crocodile Rock?”

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2 Responses to Today in Music History, March 14

  1. Dave says:

    Hmm. The answer isn’t by Air Supply or Olivia Newton-John. Is it the Australian National Anthem?

  2. sockit2me says:

    Nice try Dave. No, it was “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQfAZVsz6KM

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