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Elton John (1971)

Elton John's first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone capped off a very big year for the singer/songwriter. In that time he released his 1970 self-titled LP and Tumbleweed Connection, scoring the breakthrough single "Your Song" and playing an acclaimed series of concerts across America. It was the beginning of a spectacular four-decade career at the top.

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This article appears in the June 10, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.


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