Elton John ~ Philadelphia Freedom (1975)

Like most people, I thought “Philadelphia Freedom” was a salute from Elton John'(above) to America on the eve of our bicentennial. It wasn’t, but …

… It was a damned good tune anyway. It was released in 1976 as an anthem for Billie Jean King’s professional tennis team of the same name.

This muscular performance at London’s Royal Opera House is much more recent and pulls out all the stops with the help of a full symphony orchestra.