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Elton John Flashback: Stunning 1970 Live Version of ‘Take Me To The Pilot’

John performed the song three months before his U.S. debut

Weeks after Elton John released his breakthrough self-titled LP in 1970 he performed many of the tracks with his band and an orchestra on the BBC. Check out this stunning performance of “Take Me To The Pilot” from the taping. Three months later Elton John would make his American debut at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, a story he shares in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

Confused about the lyrics of “Take Me To The Pilot”? You aren’t alone. Lyricist Bernie Taupin says he has absolutely no idea what the song is about. 


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