Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 10, 2011.
In 1976, Elton John released the live album Here and There in May, then the Blue Moves album in October, which contained the single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", were released.His biggest success in 1976 was the "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", a duet with Kiki Dee that topped both the American and British charts. Finally, in an interview with Rolling Stone that year entitled "Elton's Frank Talk", John stated that he was bisexual.
John playing in Mannheim, 1979
Besides being the most commercially successful period for Elton John, 1970 - 1976 is also held in the most regard critically.Within only a three year span, between 1972-75 John saw seven consecutive albums reach Number 1 in the charts, which had not been accomplished before. Of the six Elton John albums to make the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in Rolling Stone'in 2003, all are from this period, with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ranked highest at number 91; similarly, the three Elton John albums given five stars by Allmusic (Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Château, and Captain Fantastic) are all from this period too.
During the same period, John made a guest appearance on the popular Morecambe and Wise Show on the BBC. The two comics spent the episode pointing him in the direction of everywhere except the stage in order to prevent him singing.
Retro History for August 10 The 50s 60s 70s 80s
Retro History For The Decade 1980
1989 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning
1989 Australia 0-301 at end of day one, 5th Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
1988 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)
1988 Rodrigo Borja installed as president of Ecuador
1988 U.N. estimates Asia's population hits 3 billion
1987 Flight Readiness Firing of Discovery's main engines is successfully
1987 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
1986 "Me and My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater New York City for 1420 performances
1986 Betsy King wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1986 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired
1986 Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway New York City
1986 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cards to a 5-4 win over Pirates
1985 A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 home runs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
1985 Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle songs) for $47 million
1985 Uno Lindstron of Sweden, juggles a soccer ball 13.11 miles
1984 Mary Decker trips on heel of Zola Budd during 3,000m Olympic run
1981 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
1981 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record
1981 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
1980 62nd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 274 at Oak Hill, New York
1980 8th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Pat Bradley
1980 Allen, most powerful hurricane in Caribbean hits Brownsville, Texas
Retro History For The Decade 1970
1979 Ecuador adopts its constitution
1979 Wings release "Getting Closer" and "Baby's Request"
1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1977 U.S. and Panamana sign Panama Canal Zone accord
1977 U.S.S.R. performs (underground) nuclear test
1977 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers, New York, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
1976 Elton John played the first of ten nights sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
1975 57th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 276 at Firestone Akron
1975 David Frost purchases exclusive rights to interview Nixon
1974 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-European American Golf Open
1973 1st BART train travels thru transbay tube to Montgomery St. Station
1972 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
1972 Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession
1971 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
1971 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 home runs, and adds his 501st
1970 Jim Morrison is tried in Miami on "lewd and lascivious behavior"
Retro History For The Decade 1960
1969 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
1969 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Stroh's-WBLY Golf Open
1968 Race riot in Miami, Chicago and Little Rock
1968 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Concord Golf Open
1966 Phillies and Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
1966 1st lunar orbiter launched by U.S.
1966 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere and leaving it again
1965 Joe Engle in X-15 reaches 82 km
1964 WJSP TV channel 28 in Columbus, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961 England applies for membership in European Common Market
1960 Discoverer 13 launched into orbit; returned 1st object from space
1960 Nicolaas Jouwe forms PANA in New-Guinea
Retro History For The Decade 1950
1958 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
1957 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1956 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
1954 Netherlands Indonesian Union breaks up
1954 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
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