Rocket Man

b/w Candle In The Wind

Rocket Man (UK) front


Rocket Man (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: Mercury TRIBO 2
Release date: November 22, 1991
Chronology: Kate's 25th UK single; the 1st to be released in the UK on a label other than EMI, with her 30th non-LP track.
Highest chart position: 12
Cover photo by John Carder Bush
Rocket Man Lyrics
What it's about: Kate's version of Elton John's classic (1972) space travel tale.
Running time: 5:02
Candle In The Wind Lyrics
What it's about: Kate's spin on Elton John's (1973) tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
Running time: 4:28
Rocket Man entered the UK chart in the third week of its release at #13.  It peaked at #12 one week later, on December 14, 1991.  It held that position for one week, and spent a total of eight weeks on the chart.
A huge fan from the age of 11, Kate chose to record Rocket Man for the Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute album, Two Rooms. It was the first cover tune she released since Donovan's Lord Of The Reedy River in 1981.
Early pressings were wrapped in a limited edition 23"x15.5" poster featuring the picture sleeve photo on one side, and the image shown here on the other.
The UK 12" and UK CD single include an additional non-LP track, an instrumental version of Candle In The Wind.
The counter stand used by Mercury to promote the single in the UK is shown here.

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