''People identify it, unfortunately, with David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It actually wasn’t inspired by that at all; it was actually inspired by a story by Ray Bradbury, from his book of science fiction short stories called The Illustrated Man. In that book, there was a story called The Rocket Man, which was about how astronauts in the future would become a sort of everyday job. So, I kind of took that idea and ran with that.'' - Bernie Taupin
''Bernie and I hadn’t intended ‘Rocket Man’ to be a huge hit single – we saw ourselves as album artists – but that’s what it turned into: it was Number Two in Britain, much higher than any of our singles had reached before, and went tripleplatinum in the States. We’d stumbled onto a different kind of commerciality, and its success changed our audience.'' - Elton John
''It was a pretty easy song to write the melody to, because it’s a song about space, so it’s quite a spacious song.'' - Elton John
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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