My first “favorite artist” was Elton John. I don’t know why, exactly. Probably because his singles were ubiquitous just as I was discovering the radio. But so a lot of people’s singles, so why 10-year-old Jim fixated on Elton John is somewhat of a mystery.
So I’m going to guess that it was three things: his voice, which still sounds like noone else’s; his melodic sense, which was peaking out at just that point, and his musical eclecticism.
None of Elton’s singles sounded like the other ones.