There have been several songs with the phrase "Teenage Idol" in the title. This Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition should more properly be called "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol," because that verbatim phrase is part of the lyric. Produced by Gus Dudgeon, it was recorded along with the rest of the album at Strawberry Studios, Château D'Hierouville, France in June 1972. For Elton, the song's title turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophesy in the nicest possible way, because the front page of the March 31 issue of Melody Maker
the following year pictured him playing to a sell out crowd of mainly youngsters in London; its headline was NOW ELTON'S A TEEN IDOL!
Alexander Baron - London, England