Archive for Monday, October 15, 2012

40 years ago: Thousands cheer young Elton John at KU concert

October 15, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 15, 1972:

  • Nearly 10,000 people had packed Allen Fieldhouse on a recent Friday night to hear Elton John singing and playing his old and new tunes for over two hours. According to an article in today's Journal-World, some of the 25-year-old performer's music, "hard to classify but somewhere between teeny bopper music and hard acid rock," had been "'68 vintage from his second album, and some of it, from Honky Chateau, his latest."
  • In the week just ended, 11 non-traffic and 81 traffic convictions had been entered in Lawrence Municipal Court, including seven jail sentences, all of which had been suspended. Six persons had been convicted of petty larceny, and one of "temporarily depriving an owner of his property," which charge the court clerks described as similar to petty larceny. In all, $845 had been assessed for non-traffic convictions.


Sarah St. John 5 years, 5 months ago

Re: "'68 vintage" -- I don't know .... but I don't think he recorded a studio album prior to 1969. And then, according to an online discography, his "second album" (self-titled) was from 1970.

But wow, when he played Allen Fieldhouse, so many songs were still ahead of him. I don't think I became aware of EJ until about 1973 when "Yellow Brick Road" came out. I remember sitting around with my girlfriends trying to figure out what the lyrics meant. Ahhh, simpler times. :-)

Anyone out there remember this Allen Fieldhouse concert?

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

I seem to recall Elton John wrote a soundtrack for a movie ("Friends") that was one of his earliest recordings. An album I also liked from that period was entitled "11/17/70". It was a live recording and had songs like "Take Me to the Pilot".

Then there was "Tumbleweed Connection" and "Madmen Across the Water" and "Honky Chateau" and .......

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