Crocodile Rock - Elton John

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"Crocodile Rock" - Elton John (1972)

"Crocodile Rock " was released in October 1972 as a pre-release single from Elton John's forthcoming  Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, album. The song became his first U.S. number-one single, where it stayed for three weeks. Within six months it was certified Gold.

Lyrist Bernie Taupin said that it was a funny song in that he didn't mind creating it but it wouldn't be something he'd listen to.

The track is dominated by a Farfisa electronic organ and series of multi-timbral synthesizers. At the height of its production,  played by John in addition to his piano, with a carnival-like sound and honky-tonk rhythm, while the lyrics take a nostalgic look at early rock 'n' roll, and a relationship with a woman named Suzie, which the writer instantly associates with the music of the era. Regular Elton John band members, such as Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson, are among the song's performers.

Like "Tennessee Waltz", "Crocodile Rock" is a self-referential song, i.e. it is about itself. Ken Mackintosh had a popular song in 1955 called the "Crocodile Crawl."

The song was inspired by John's discovery of leading Australian band Daddy Cool and their hit single, with 1,000,000 sold. "Eagle Rock" which was the most successful Australian single of the early 1970s, remaining at No.1 for a record of 10 weeks.  The album cover features a photo of  lyricist Bernie Taupin wearing a "Daddy Who?" promotional badge.

"Crocodile Rock" also appears to have been strongly influenced by songs from the late 50s-early 60s when Rock was young. Songs such as  Del Shannon's "Cry Myself to Sleep" and "Little Darlin"  by The Diamonds. The chorus resembles "Speedy Gonzales" by Pat Boone.
While there was no actual "Crocodile Rock", there was a dance called The Alligator.

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