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Radio Elton John airs "Saturday Night's Alright (for Podcasting)", the show powered by eltonjohn.world. The show is hosted by EJ.W co-founder George Matlock, and tasked with interviewing people who make Elton John's World. eltonjohn.world - the website by fans for fans since 2002.
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Our guest is more than a blank filler. He's worked with Elton and also with Bernie Taupin on his first spoken word album, with Plastic Penny, and Hookfoot. He confesses that when he recorded one Hookfoot track he missed the first note from Caleb Quaye, and he reveals what Elton was like before he was famous. Terry Carty added "more audience" to Elt…
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Elton has always surrounded himself with a talented team, and our special guest is someone whom Eric Clapton once described as the best guitarist - ever. Caleb Quaye tells us about how he worked with Elton since the early 1960s and his own numerous achievements. Look out for the Robin Hood singalong! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.…
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The final episode of Season 2 is a festive treat. A pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole has worked with Davey Johnstone, Kiki Dee, Nigel Olsson's Plastic Penny, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Edmunds, Johnny Halliday, Roger Daltry, T Rex, Sting, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, Bjork, David Gilmour, R E M, Liam Gallagher and The Goodies! Plus many more.…
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It's super easy to listen to Radio Elton John via a smart speaker or smart wristwatch. George shows you how on Alexa device for Amazon Music. But you can also do it on Apple Podcasts. Be sure to pair your Alexa account with Amazon or Apple. You can command your Alexa device by saying "Alexa play podcast Radio Elton John on Amazon Music". Or you can…
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Elton fan Wayne Martin joins from Boston, USA to tell us about his puppet show, Elton costumes and hats, his recollections of working with The Muppet Show creator Jim Henson and how he came to perform his puppet show for The First Lady as well as show Elton his Elton puppet. Find out what happened. This episode includes visuals, so head over to the…
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We celebrate Elton John’s most successful album, as Goodbye Yellow Brick Road marks 50 years this month. We speak with the artist who brought the album vividly alive with his creative cover for the gatefold, London-based Ian Beck. We learn how the album was influenced by a work for Irish singer-songwriter Jonathan Kelly. Ian also worked on the artw…
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We celebrate International Podcast Day today with a very special and timeless artist. Elton has often broken from convention musically, and never more so than having a tap dancer from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on the Honky Chateau album in 1972. “Legs” Larry Smith tells us how he became Elton’s mentor and went on to reassure him on tour. Find out …
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We go Epic, or make that Shweppic, with our latest Shwepisode. Not enough of a hint? This man has worked with a long list of top musical artists in the UK and USA. He’s been a long-time friend of eltonjohn.world too. In our latest Radio Elton John podcast the man nicknamed Schwepps talks about working with Elton as his sound engineer when both of t…
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The man who plays Elton when he doesn’t is our guest this month. Adam Chester has been Elton’s stand-in for gig rehearsals since 2005 and it all started with a Rock of the Westies album in a record store and with Davey Johnstone humbly remarking the album was “alright”. Adam is a hoot. So join him on the tree branch tonight! Recorded 11 May 2023. F…
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Elton John All The Songs was published earlier in April. We catch up with its authors, Rolling Stone journalists Romuald Ollivier and Olivier Roubin in Nantes, France, to tell us how they approached the ambitious task of documenting the story of every Elton John song. To coincide with the book’s launch the authors and publisher Hachette are offerin…
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As we mark Sir Elton’s 76th birthday today our special guest is lyricist Gary Anthony Osborne, who wrote the words to Blue Eyes, Shine On Through and Little Jeannie. But what word did Elton want cut out from one of Gary’s lyrics? We showcase Gary’s musical story and find out how Elton chose to change his music writing to lead with the music, a 180 …
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Episode aka “The Man who Turned Down Elton John’s Job offer”, tells the story from road manager Phil Greenfield. Phil handled logistics and sounds for Hookfoot, Caleb Quaye’s band which also featured Roger Pope and Ian Duck. Phil has no chip on his shoulder as he tells us how Elton forgave him for snubbing a job and came back for a stint at Elton’s…
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One recording artist who has been part of the Elton John story throughout 50 years is Kiki Dee. Elton helped produce her 1973 album Loving & Free, and the duo have recorded chart-topping songs together. Hear Kiki’s story on Radio Elton John. The results of our recent podcast survey will be revealed in our February edition. Recorded 11 January 2023.…
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Dodger Stadium is where Elton John bid farewell to his north American concert audience for the last time a week ago. It is also where landmark twin concerts were staged in the summer of 1975 and rock immortality was born. On stage with him was a guitarist who insisted he would only do it if Elton personally phoned him. Elton did just that. And the …
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Elton John drummer Charlie Morgan opens the Radio Elton series Saturday Night's Alright for podcasting. Charlie discusses his illustrious drum kit, home life as well as his latest recording projects, working with an Elton John tribute act and battling Covid-19. Charlie also reveals that he will be back in the UK in October with the Woman To Woman g…
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The first of six 'Jewel Box Companion' episodes. It's taken me a while to get to grips with all of the extra new material and versions that we have been treated to. I've boiled it down into six relatively short playlists, and I'm going to be introducing them, one by one, and providing a little context and interpretation where I can. 'Chapter 1' is …
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It's the 50th Frenniversary! Elton's 4th album was a pick-and-mix, with three pastoral pop songs from the same mould as the Elton John Album, two spiky rock songs that kept the Tumbleweed rolling, and a 10 minute long Buckmaster-stroke, thrown in for good measure. While it is an uneven listen, it contains some of Elton's finest music. The album get…
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Here we are at last! This is the concluding part of the Tumbleweed Conversation I had with John Higgins, Elton's Legacy Consultant and Feature Writer at eltonjohn.com, and Peter Thomas, founder of pmc-speakers.com and Elton collector extraordinaire. Once again, I invite you to accompany us on our ramble along the timeline, all the way to the Trouba…
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I am very thankful to John Higgins, Elton's Legacy Consultant and Feature Writer at eltonjohn.com, and Peter Thomas, founder of pmc-speakers.com and Elton audio expert, who both joined me for this episode of the podcast. We got together for a marathon conversation (this is just part one), where we untangled the various strands of the timeline that …
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It's all go in Eltonland! The label have marked the 50th anniversary of Tumbleweed with a reissue of the album on green vinyl, plus an entirely unexpected companion 10" single, featuring the unearthed almost 8 minute long original version of Come Down in Time, backed with a full band DJM demo of Ballad of a Well Known Gun. Everything is available, …
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Here's the rest of my track by track breakdown with John Higgins of the 'Elton John' album. The album lit a fuse. Four and a half months later, Elton exploded at the Troubadour. John and I got to talk about some of the strides and the mis-steps that were taken along the way. John is Feature Writer at www.eltonjohn.com as well as Elton's Legacy Cons…
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Enormous thanks to John Higgins - Feature Writer for the eltonjohn.com website - who came onto the podcast to share his love for the 'Black Album', and to tell me some of the stories that he'd been able to hear during interviews that he carried out with Paul Buckmaster and Gus Dudgeon about their work on the project. We listened through some 'mixes…
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In this episode I apologise for my absence; make some excuses; review the autobiography, in a limited sense; talk about the way that the book, the film and reality interact in one case; accept that I was wrong in another; mentally stage a residency, made up of Elton's deep cuts; all before the main event, which is a follow up to episode 14 - The So…
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This episode starts off with a Rocketman competition, courtesy of Paramount Home Media (here is the prize pack that's up for grabs) before the main event, an interview with Anett Murray, wife of Dee Murray, and a big part of the Elton John family during the first half of the seventies. Anett tells us some fascinating stories of life at home and on …
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Welcome aboard the Mystery Machine, as we take a Flight of Fancy into the unknown corners of Elton's musical world. In this episode, I investigate the spookiest, dustiest corners of discogs, I search for the bootlegs that don’t even exist in our reality, and I uncover the songs that live only in the memories of people who say that they have heard t…
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Empty Sky, Elton’s debut album, and also his most honest, laid-back sounding set of songs, hit the shelves 50 years ago this month. It didn’t make much impact at the time, but it is greatly loved, both by fans, and by the people that created it. This episode tells the story of the album through interviews with the gang of ‘lost boys’ who were credi…
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You are invited to a very special listening session and conversation with Peter Thomas, the preeminent Elton John collector and archivist. Peter Thomas, in his role as founder of monitor and speaker company PMC, has worked with the finest studios, mastering houses and broadcasters in the world. He has a passion for sound quality, and this extends i…
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This episode counts down the 15 biggest non-Elton singles on Rocket, and in the process, tells the story of the label, attempts to define the Rocket sound (spoiler - there isn’t one), and draws out the connections with Elton’s music, where these exist. The chart itself can be viewed here. Thanks to Doug Sanders from The Lambrettas, who was intervie…
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This episode revels in the obscure, picking up the curios in the discography, studying them, and making an attempt at explaining them. Here are the early versions, the erroneous edits that never should have been heard, the remixes, the rough mixes and the acoustic mixes. The highlight of this episode, for me, is the mono mix of Hymn 2000, which is …
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This is the story of Elton's personal redemption, through the prism of the song 'Passengers', the UK top 5 hit single with the unique songwriting credit - Elton, Bernie, Davey and South African musician Phineas Mkhize. This episode follows Elton from the lows of being placed on the UN's cultural blacklist in 1983, for playing at Sun City, to the hi…
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In this episode, I finish going through the imaginary box-set. First, I detail all of the non-album tracks that were released between 1984 and 1990 (CD3 of the collection that I have programmed), and I then go on to discuss the rarities that might find their way onto Rare Masters Vol. 2 (annexed off onto CD4). If you're inspired enough to get some …
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The Elton John Podcast with the unwieldy name goes where the record company dare not go - Rare Masters Vol. 2. We all loved the first volume when it came out, and many of us have been going grey waiting for the next instalment. It didn't look like it was going to happen, so I've just gone ahead and done it. All of the non-album A and B-sides record…
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Another treat - an interview with David Larkham – the man who controlled the visual element of the classic albums, liaising with Steve Brown, Bernie, Elton and others to bring their ideas to life. David was there at Steve Brown’s house in 68/69 with Bernie and Elton, hanging out; he was there at the Troubadour, taking photos; he was out there in Ja…
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In this episode, I attempt to play (and sing in one case) the three ‘new’ songs from 1967 that have come to light via Bernie’s upcoming auction. I also go through the working lyrics that Bernie is selling in New York on the 9th of November, and talk about what they tell us about Bernie’s process. You can currently download the pdf featuring the lyr…
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I was lucky enough to be able to spend more than an hour in the company of the brilliant Caleb Quaye. Without Caleb, there would be no Elton John as we know him. He got Elton and Bernie the gig with Dick James, and it was his audacious approach to using Dick James' studio that made it possible for Elton to take his first, extraordinary musical step…
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Stuart Epps is Elton John royalty! He was a huge part of the team that worked together to bring Elton out from the sidelines of Tin Pan Alley, into megastardom. He saw that process first hand, working in a variety of different roles. Here he tells his story. Stuart's brand new audiobook can be ordered from his website. The rarity that I play in the…
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In this episode the cake is unbaked, and every ingredient of the Elton John recipe is celebrated. Complex drum and percussion sounds are unpicked, backing vocals are highlighted, lead vocals are isolated, and previously buried piano tracks are brought to the surface. A few techniques are used. As well as the out of phase stereo technique, (used ext…
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It's well known that Elton and Bernie spent their formative years trying to write hits for other artists, while trying to find their own voice. This episode tells the story of Elton and Bernie's early years through the prism of those early cover versions. Included are the 'surprise' number 3 hit in New Zealand in 1969, the song on the US Top 10 Gol…
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In his formative years as a session musician, in fact even after the recording of his third album, Elton earned some extra cash recording cover versions of the hits of the day, anonymously, for budget record labels. These long player albums retailed at around the same price as a regular single, and they would be rushed out to share the shelves with…
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The second of a two-part biography of Davey Johnstone's early musical history. Davey's range, and his scope for development, were apparent to all at his first Elton John session, for Holiday Inn. Elton wasn't going to let a talent like Davey slip through his fingers. This episode takes in Davey's astonishing work for Madman, Honky Chateau and Don't…
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