It’s the Rocket Man’s birthday – a very Happy Birthday to him – so what better excuse do you need to play some of his songs tonight? There are only, oh, about 500 of them to choose from.
Three questions first:
1. Which of his songs are your favourites?
2. Did you know that our very own David plays guitar on ‘Understanding Women’ from Elton’s 1990 album, The One? (They also appear together on the 2005 charity cover of the Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?’, in tribute to the late, great John Peel.
3. Is anyone else thinking that “Reg Dwight” wouldn’t look or sound at all out of place in the present UK Top 40 singles chart, and no doubt other national charts too, alongside the Brunos, Ollys and Calvins?
Just as Syd Barrett did, with Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, inspiration was taken from jazz saxophonist Elton Dean and singer-guitarist Long John Baldry when it was decided by a young Reginald that a more catchy name was needed to succeed in show business.