On this day in music history: April 13, 1974 - “Bennie And The Jets” by Elton John hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #15 on the R&B singles chart on May 18, 1974. Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, it is the second US chart topper for the British singer, songwriter and musician born Reginald Kenneth Dwight (legally changed to Elton Hercules John). John and Taupin writes the song as a satirical statement on the hedonism and excess prevalent in the music industry of the 1970’s. Though Elton likes the song himself, he feels that radio won’t play it, and is against releasing it as a single, but fate has other plans. The song begins receiving heavy airplay as an album cut from radio station CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, making it a number one airplay record in the Detroit area. It’s huge popularity prompts MCA Records to release it as a single. Entering the Hot 100 at #69 on February 16, 1974, it reaches the top of the chart eight weeks later. He also performs the song on the syndicated music program “Soul Train”. “Bennie And The Jets” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.