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Captain Fantastic

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“. . . Captain Fantastic raised and regimented hardly a hero / just someone his mother might know.” - Bernie Taupin
1975 was my first year of college, like most teens music was my world. The ideals of our small midwestern town of Cuba, Illinois was being reshaped by a record, at least it was for me.
For those who don't remember, this was the year the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was released; music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin.


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Captain Fantastic

My World

“. . . Captain Fantastic raised and regimented hardly a hero / just someone his mother might know.” - Bernie Taupin

1975 was my first year of college, like most teens music was my world. The ideals of our small midwestern town of Cuba, Illinois was being reshaped by a record, at least it was for me.

For those who don't remember, this was the year the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was released; music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin. For me and hundreds, maybe thousands of others, many hours were spent with that album spinning on their Technics turntable while studying that grotesque album cover.

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

This is the front cover for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by the artist Elton John. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Mercury Records, or the graphic artist(s), David Larkham.

May be found at the following website: http://www.eltonjohn.com

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Impact

“From the end of the world to your town.”

During the 1970s many records played on home stereo systems and radio stations throughout the world that brought artists like Elton John to your town. LP record albums with their flashy covers were the vehicle that delivered music, lyrics, album art, and what parents thought were wild ideas to the minds of the baby-boomer generation.

In hindsight, what an impact music had on this young impetuous high school graduate. What kept going through my mind Who was Captain Fantastic?

Sold Out!

I became a devoted fan of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and began collecting all of Elton’s records.

The question that haunted my thoughts was, How could this kid from a small town possibly ever see someone who had risen to the status of Super-Star in concert?

It was announced on WGN radio that Elton would play three nights in Chicago. My friends and I waited impatiently for concert tickets to go on sale. The announcement came, sold out! How is that possible? Sold out before we had a chance to call and buy tickets.

Quest For Tickets

Quest For Tickets

Undaunted, early morning of July 28, 1976 my friend, Chris Sharpe and I began the long five hour drive to Chicago. As you can imagine, there were doubters, “You guys are nuts - absurd, get tickets, it’s obvious you don't understand what sold out means!”

The lyrics, “Should have stayed on the farm, should have listened to my old man.” kept surfacing.

A Classic

A Classic

Rocking-out to tunes on the eight track player in my Opel Kadett, we hit the road determined to see Elton in concert.

Opening Night

It was the first night of the show. During the drive to Chicago the question kept coming up, “How are we possibly going to get tickets?”

“Scalpers, what else,” said Chris. It was early afternoon when we finally arrived at the stadium, the enormous Chicago Stadium parking lot was empty. The show would not begin until 8:00 p.m. Without a doubt I had made my decision that morning, we would go directly to the ticket window at the Stadium and ask for tickets.

The shocked look on Chris Sharpe’s face was priceless when the ticket agent said, “You guys are in luck, the concert seating has been rearranged for tonight’s show. How about two tickets ($9.50 each) for row six.”

Excellent! We practically shouted in unison.

Magic

. . . A fog drifts from the stage with multi-colored flashing lights - the eerie sound of an organ rises to a crescendo then drops to complete silence.

A solitary piano plays a familiar melody, the crowd begins to wave their arms, and lighters glowed throughout the stadium. Funeral For A Friend from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - rocks the Chicago Stadium and the concert begins. What a night!

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Hard To Believe

After years of listening to Elton John on the radio, and watching those records spin, I could not believe that we were sitting in the sixth row rocking-out to Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting - Crocodile Rock - Bennie and the Jets - Grey Seal - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - and yes - Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy.

It was a night to remember, two guys from Cuba, Illinois who bucked the odds, laughing at all who called us nuts, ecstatic from seeing Elton John at the height of stardom.

Never Give Up

“A crazy kid becoming a better man.” - The Captain and the Kid.

That night, while driving home, with our ears still ringing, I realized success comes from doing - not wishing opportunities would drop into your lap. When the odds are stacked against you, give it your best. Never give up. Never, never, give up.

Maybe through music that’s what Elton and Bernie was telling the youth of America that I too could be Captain Fantastic - hardly a hero, just someone his mother might know.