On February 3, 1973, Elton scored his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as Crocodile Rock, his ode to early rock & roll, spent its first of three weeks in charge. He’s added eight more leaders since.
Two days later, the song was certified Gold . . . and Platinum in 1995.
Over in Canada, Crocodile Rock scored #1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart.
Incidentally, on this date in 1992, Elton and George Michael‘s version of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me rose from #3 to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This surpassed the performance of the Rocket Man’s original studio version, which peaked at No. 2 in 1974.