17 James Taylor makes his prime-time television debut on The Johnny Cash Show, singing "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on My Mind." Elton John's eponymously titled U.S. debut goes gold. His first U.K. LP, Empty Sky, is not issued in the states until 1975, by which time John has become a rock star of the first magnitude. John arrived in the States amid much publicity in the summer of '70, and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times' Robert Hilburn as the first superstar of the Seventies. Elton John hit #4. 18 Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band make their New York City concert debut at Ungano's in the wake of releasing Lick My Decals Off, Baby (their most "commercial" album to date); they're determined to find some sort of popular acceptance of their odd mixture of Delta blues, free jazz and rock & roll. Captain Beefheart, also known as Don Van Vliet, wold rather stay at home in his trailer on the Mojave Desert.