On this day in 1970, America got it's first look at Elton John, live on stage at the Los Angeles Troubador. With "The Beatles" no longer together, people were looking for something new and exciting. According to music critics, Elton John became a star on that first night at the Troubador.

Watch this vintage video of a 23 year-old Elton John onstage, and commentary by him, Carole King and others: