the conclusion of the interviews with Sir Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin about the blockbuster double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which includes a segment on the remake of “Candle in the Wind ’97”, the biggest-selling recording in history.
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1973 masterpiece Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a virtual greatest hits package unto itself. On its 45th anniversary Elton John & Bernie Taupin join me In the Studio as their Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour gets underway.
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 […]
We all know how powerful first impressions are, and it just so happens that the first time I heard Elton John tear into “Take Me to the Pilot“, it was from the live New York City club radio broadcast later released as 11/17/70 , so the stripped down live arrangement has always been my benchmark for […]
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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.
It is the fiftieth anniversary of “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.
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.