Billie Jean King and Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom

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press play and listen to the song:

Philadelphia Freedom

In February 1975, Elton released Philadelphia Freedom – a song that was not available on any album, and would not be until its inclusion on Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 in 1977.

The stand-alone single, his second in a row followingLucy In The Sky With Diamonds, entered theBillboard Hot 100 charts at #53 on March 8. Five weeks later it reached the #1 position, where it stayed for two weeks, and spent a total of five months on the chart overall.

Written on the label of the vinyl 45 RPM single were the words, “with Love to B.J.K. and the sound of Philadelphia”. Fans who wanted to decipher the cryptic first part of this dedication would have to go back 17 months to when one of the world’s most popular…

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