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1973 - Elton John "Mr. Fantastic" Makes It Big

1973 was a huge year for Elton John.  Although he had several hits in the early 70's, 1973 was magical as "Crocodile Rock" hit #1, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle In The Wind" won him worldwide fame!  The Eagles rolled out "Desperado".  Billy Joel gave us "Piano Man".  Marvin Gaye wowed us with "Let's Get It On".  Real rock and roll fans were totally infatuated with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird".  Oh, what a year 1973 was for rock and roll!

Important Fact:  Pink Floyd released "Dark Side of the Moon".  That album remained on Billboard's album charts for 741 weeks (15 ­ years).  It beat Johnny Mathis' record of  490 weeks with his Greatest Hits album.


The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  18 songs made the cut in 1973!

172         Dream On - Aerosmith

426         Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

190         Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

494         Desperado - The Eagles

360         Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack

167         Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

348         That Lady (Parts 1 and 2) - The Isley Brothers

421         Piano Man - Billy Joel

380         Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

347         Candle In The Wind - Elton John

432         Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight

191         Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

443         I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley

267         Personality Crisis - New York Dolls

468         Search and Destroy - The Stooges

446         Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals

104         Living For The City - Stevie Wonder

261         Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

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