Pinball Wizard, one of the great songs by
the Who, was recorded by Elton in 1974 in connection with
the movie version of Tommy, the Who's seminal rock opera.
The movie was released in 1975 with quite a bit of acclaim.
Elton plays the Pinball Wizard, singing this scorching rocker
in a 5-minute cameo appearance. It wasn't released as a single
until 1976. Years later it was added as a bonus track to
the reissued Caribou album.
Before Elton, no one could have imagined that this classic
guitar song could be played on the piano. All Elton did is
re-make it into a hit of his own with the piano front and
center. Besides the classic 18-bar intro, I've included 10
bars of the first verse to get you started. This song shows
that the piano can hold its own in an arrangement that is
largely based on guitar power chords.
Also, at the 3:34 mark in the song, Elton rips on a short
Lee style solo before letting Davey take over.
This is a barn burner. Enjoy!