Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” is one of his most well-known tunes. Many people like singing along to the catchy chorus, which has an addictive “la la la” refrain. The “la la la” line of the chorus, on the other hand, is from another Pat Boone song that John copied. “Crocodile Rock” was Elton John’s first No. 1 hit in the United States. Elton John was born in England and rose to prominence as one of the country’s most popular singers in the early 1970s. With songs like “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” and “Rocket Man,” he became a global celebrity and one of the most well-known performers in the United States. He released “Crocodile Rock” as a single in 1972, with “Elderberry Wine” on the B-side. “Crocodile Rock” earned John’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The song was later included on John’s No. 1 album, Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Just a Piano Player. It was written by John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. John’s piano playing is amazing, and there’s a catchy “la la la” section that everyone can sing along to. This passage, however, was inspired by a David Hess song called “Speedy Gonzalez” from 1961, which Boone later performed. Pat Boone said that John nicked a section of his song for ‘Crocodile Rock.’

Boone is a popular American pop singer who rose to prominence in the 1950s. Many of his hit songs were covers of songs by other famous musicians, such as Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame.” “Speedy Gonzalez,” one of his successes, has the classic “la la la” passage subsequently popularized by Elton John in “Crocodile Rock.” Boone claimed in a recent Fox News interview that he questioned John about this. John didn’t dispute stealing the refrain from Boone’s song, and he expected Boone to sue him for it. “I said. ‘Are you suing me?’ “You know, we performers are ecstatic when someone does something that we did,” Boone explained.

“‘I was honored.'” After that, John acknowledged he was a major admirer of Boone’s and knew he had to utilize the “la la la” verse from “Speedy Gonzalez” the moment he heard it. “‘I had all your records,’ he continued. “I had ‘Love Letters in the Sand’ and ‘April Love’ and all those songs,” Boone remembered. “But when I heard ‘Speedy Gonzales,’ I knew I had to use that ‘La la la la la la la la.'” John is not interested in performing ‘Crocodile Rock’ any longer.

Despite the fact that “Crocodile Rock” is one of his biggest successes and a crowd favorite, Elton John has said that performing it during concerts has become boring. Apart from “Candle in the Wind,” there aren’t many songs he refuses to sing, but “Crocodile Rock” may become one soon. In a 2021 interview with The Mirror, John revealed that he and Taupin composed it as a “joke,” but it quickly became a smash. He performs it for the sake of pleasing the audience, but he swears to eliminate it from his performance after his Farewell Tour. “I’m going to throw a party the last time I have to sing ‘Crocodile Rock,'” John said. “It was written as a joke, like a pastiche.” And it became a tremendous hit, with everyone singing along. So who am I to say ‘I’m not going to play it’ when I play to amuse and entertain people? But I have to admit that after the final show of the tour, I will never sing the song again.”

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