Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rocket Man!

If there was one rock star that shot to worldwide fame while we were at Vanderbilt (and has stayed there ever since) it is Elton John.

If there was one thing our generation was raised on, it was the thrill and excitement of watching man go into space. But what is astronaut flights became so routine that those blasting off were no longer conceived as heroes? That it was just an everyday occupation.

According to Wikipedia, this seems to be somewhat the premise behind the 1972 mega hit by Elton John written by Sir Elton himself and Bernie Taupin. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" came out at a time very near the end of the Apollo moon flights, followed by an overall decrease in public interest in space. The song was included on the "Honky Chateau" album and was a part of a string of Elton John hits that year, preceded by "Tiny Dancer" and followed by "Honky Cat."

It rose as high as #6 on the U.S. charts and #2 in the U.K. Here as nominated by for our 40th Class Reunion CD is "Rocket Man".....


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