Philadelphia Freedom
The Elton John Band
John Elton Philadelphia Freedom 45
`Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
Yeah gave me peace of mind my daddy never had
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1975 for two weeks
  • peaked at No. 32 on the R&B Singles chart in 1975
  • peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart in 1975
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • released as a single in 1975 but later appeared on the album Elton John’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1977)
  • the B-side of the single featured Elton John and John Lennon on a live cover of The Beatles song, "I Saw Her Standing There" - recorded November 28, 1974 at Madison Square Garden
  • the fifth of eight No. 1 hits charted on the Hot 100 by Elton John
  • written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  • the song was written as a gift to Elton John's friend, tennis star Billie Jean King, who was a player/coach on the Philadelphia Freedom tennis team
  • produced by Gus Dudgeon
  • arranged by Gene Page
  • recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO
  • the song was written and recorded in the summer of 1974 between the sessions for Elton's 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
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