BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #349: “LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS”- ELTON JOHN – JANUARY 4, 1974

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Billboard #1 Hits: #359: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”- Elton John. January 4, 1974. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. The first #1 hit of 1975.

  • Single: “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”- Elton John
  • Record Company- MCA
  • Genre: Psychedelic Pop
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Time: 5:54
  • B-side” One Day {At A Time}
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #10 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada.

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”- one of the best songs on The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album- written by John Lennon- covered here by John’s friend Elton John. John Lennon appears on the song -backing vocals and guitars- under the name Dr. Winston O’Boogie. The b-side was also written by Lennon- from his Mind Games album. Not the greatest of Beatles covers- but Elton at the time couldn’t miss.

From wikipedia-

During their collaboration, Elton John appeared on John Lennon’s song “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.” . Lennon promised to appear live with Elton at Madison Square Garden if “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” became a #1 single. It did, and on Thanksgiving Night, 28 November 1974, Lennon kept his promise. They performed “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” , and “I Saw Her Standing There.” In introducing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, Elton John said he believed it to be “one of the best songs ever written.”

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #349: “LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS”- ELTON JOHN – JANUARY 4, 1974

  1. I love this single & to me, one of not many Beatles songs where the cover version is as good as the original. Of course having Lennon along for the ride helped.

  2. I loved this song with a crazy fervor back when it was hit, and couldn’t get enough of it. That fervor has since cooled a bit, but I still think it’s a terrific cover. I agree with Dave that it’s as good as the original.

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