Co-writer Elton John, fresh off of his record-shattering multi-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” world tour, and lyricist Bernie Taupin, just now publishing his long-awaited autobiography “Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me”, are my special guests here In the Studio on the golden anniversary of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, starting the week of September 25!
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Elton John live at Foxborough Stadium outside Boston on September 6, 1993 performing “Take Me to the Pilot”.
Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]
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Keith Reid, Procol Harum lyricist, has passed away March 23. “Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra” from the eclectic British band Procol Harum, which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and “Conquistador” in 1972. This ultra-rare interview features organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, guitarist on the first three studio albums,Robin Trower, and the late singer/pianist Gary Brooker.
The Sting and I…We had already done multiple interviews when he was in The Police and now Sting had released three solo albums, including Fall 1987’s “Nothing Like the Sun”, by the time we reconvened in 1991. Sting had lost both parents by then, the most recent his father, and was clearly wrestling with his star ascending amidst pain and personal loss.
No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My Heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…By way of a “best of” these, here is my 2004 interview with the late Joe Cocker at the time of his excellent “Heart and Soul” release.