His first album "Empty Sky" was released in 1969. His second, eponymous album produced his first major hit – "Your Song", entering the first 10 of the UK chart. However, his path to success had some disappointment and rejections as well. For instance, when he was first sighed by Liberty Records, the executives wasn't impressed by his songs and paired him with Bernie Taupin in order to make a better use of John's composing skills with a better lyrics. This cooperation is still going strong even now, 30 albums later.