The slow, bluesy track was recorded at DJM Studios in late 1967, when the artist was still known as Reg Dwight.
The duo's version of the song outdid the one by its writer, Dave Mason.
‘If I Were A Carpenter’ is also closely associated with the Four Tops, Johnny Cash & June Carter and many others.
After the delayed success of 'Layla,' 1972 also brought a single from Eric’s self-titled debut solo album of two years before.
Fans were delighted to hear Elton the pianist reclaiming the nimble brilliance that only amplified the impact of his vocals and Bernie Taupin’s lyrics.
Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell’s evocative 1969 composition had history even before the Carpenters recorded their version.
As 'Brothers and Sisters' entered the album chart, its Dickey Betts song ‘Ramblin’ Man'' hit the Hot 100 to become the band's first major hit.
Why August 25, 1970 was such a monumental occasion in the career of a young English singer-songwriter.
He brought a humanitarian crisis to the world’s attention as only a former Beatle could.
On July 25, 1970, Eric's name appeared on the charts as a solo artist for the first time.
The work of one of rock's finest session drummers, from 'Pet Sounds' and 'All Things Must Pass' to Derek and the Dominos.
'Living In The Material World' featured such friends as Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Gary Wright and Nicky Hopkins.
The Crickets' final UK chart appearance was a nod to the late Ritchie Valens, and featured A-list contributors James Burton and Leon Russell.
The great writer-guitarist, with wife Bonnie, made some of the best blues, rock and gospel-flavoured US music of their generation.
From country to rock, jazz to hip-hop, these personas embody a specific moment in an artist’s development.