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On August 28, 1970, Elton was in the midst of a legendary six-night run at the Troubadour Club in L.A. (it began on the 25th).

During his U.S. debut, the piano player was accompanied by Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray

The 300-seat club was filled with music industry bigwigs such as Leon Russell, Quincy Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Mike Love, and Danny Hutton.

Since opening in 1957, the Troubadour has helped launch some of contemporary music’s most popular entertainers. James Taylor and Tom Waits played the club early in their careers. Richard Pryor and Neil Diamond recorded their live debut albums there, and Gordon Lightfoot, like Elton, made his first U.S. appearance at the establishment.