Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Elton John AlbumsYour picks include 'Madman Across the Water,' '17-11-70' and 'Too Low For Zero'
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9. 'Rock of the Westies'
The public was starting to get a little sick of Elton John by late 1975. He had absolutely dominated the radio and pop charts over the previous half-decade, but keeping up that pace was ultimately impossible. Rock of the Westies did hit Number One and the single "Island Girl" was a big hit but, clearly, this was the start of a downward trajectory. Elton came out of the closet the following year (at a time when virtually no pop stars were out) and sales declined even further. Rock of the Westies is an often-overlooked LP, but it has stood up very well, particularly the tragic ballad "I Feel Like a Bullet in the Gun of Robert Ford." If more than one percent of the public had heard of Robert Ford, it might have been a hit.