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Billie Jean King's 60th birthday party

Thursday 13 November 2003 @ 8:51 - GMT

Elton flew into tennis star Billie Jean King's 60th birthday party on November 9, 2003, reported the Boston Globe.

The party took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, near Los Angeles.

"Elton and I have been friends since 1973," she said, "That was quite a year, 1973. A lot of good things happened to us"

Elton wrote the tune Philadelphia Freedom for King in 1974 after the inaugural season of World Team Tennis, when she was player-coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms.

"He told me he was going to do it, and I was thrilled," she said.

Elton said he was thrilled when it made No. 1 on the charts. King
is also known as "Mother Freedom".