The beginning of the 1970s was the beginning of major success for Elton John with Your Song.
Releasing his second self-titled studio album, the album was produced by Gus Dudgeon, and was the first album released in the US by John.
Recorded between November 1969 and January 1970, the album’s initial goal was to attract other artists to record songs written by John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin.
Border Song was the first single released when the album was released on April 10, 1970 by DJM Records.
In October, the second single was released, Take Me to the Pilot, with the B side as Your Song. Although not chosen as the A side single, it was Your Song that DJs across North America and Europe chose to play.
The soft rock love song hit the chord with many listeners for its simplicity and use of piano, showcasing John’s skills. Listen to it here.
Three Dog Night, also recorded the song for their album It Ain’t Easy, after John was the opening act on their tour.
Your Song hit the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and the top 10 in the UK, Canada, Ireland and The Netherlands. And it also launched Elton John as a singer, not just a songwriter.