A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 7, 1975

Some top entertainers shy away from the publicity they had so eagerly sought while they were still climbing the ladder. Not so Elton John. Showing Correspondent David DeVoss about the rock star's suburban London home, John's mother gestured to a wall hung with masterpieces. Between a Picasso painting and several Rembrandt etchings was a novelty mirror carrying the slash TIME Man of the Year. Said she: "You can see the story means a lot to him."

It was the third and most difficult music cover story for which DeVoss has done the major interviews. "Merle Haggard was as straightforward as his country...

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