February 1973 – Crocodile Rock by Elton John

February 1973 – a song popular in this month – Crocodile Rock by Elton John

This tells the story of a guy in the ’50s and ’60s who frequented a restaurant where the patrons loved an obscure dance called the Crocodile Rock.

Interesting facts about Crocodile Rock & Elton John

This was the first of many #1 singles by Elton John in the US.

Don McLean has mentioned that this is similar to his hit “American Pie,” which came out the previous year. Both songs are about young people in the ’50s obsessed with rock n’ roll, but disappointed when the music “dies.”

Elton performed this on The Muppet Show when he appeared on a Season Two episode in 1977. A very popular song with kids, it made for a great opening number, with Elton performing in a swamp with a crocodile chorus.

This song helped send the Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player album to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It was Elton’s first #1 in the UK, but Honky Chateau went to #1 in the US earlier that year.

Before he was a solo artist, John was in a group called Bluesology.

Elton is godfather to several celebrity children, including Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham (sons of David and Victoria Beckham), and Damian Charles (son of Elizabeth Hurley).

At one point, John was responsible for 3% of all records sold on the planet.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

20 thoughts on “February 1973 – Crocodile Rock by Elton John

  1. I remember this song well. Elton John has always been one of my favorites. I even got to see him in concert once. It was such a thrill!
    One song in particular I have always loved was “don’t let the sun go down on me.” Loser made fun of me for having almost all of Eltons’ albums but I didn’t care.
    Hugs to you and Gary. 🙂

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