“Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” is the sixth official album release for Elton John.
The album’s title comes from something Elton said during an evening spent with Groucho Marx. After an evening of constant ribbing from Marx, Elton’s comeback was to hold his hands up and say, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player.”
The album’s cover photograph, which shows a young couple outside a movie theatre whose marquee reads: “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player starring Elton John”, also includes a movie poster of the Marx Brothers’ film Go West. Whether this was an intentional tribute to Groucho, or merely a coincidence, is uncertain.
Original “All-Black” label. Includes 12 page color photo and libretto booklet. Fold-out jacket. LP. MCA Records. MCA 2100 1973 *****