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sábado, 27 de agosto de 2011

Elton John set for 2012 Olympics performance

Elton John set for 2012 Olympics performance

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Elton John is planning for a special concert in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, The Sun has reported.
The pop star has also requested Muse to perform alongside him at the show. A source said: "Elton has never put on subtle live shows but he wants the Olympic gig to be even more overblown and spectacular than ever.
"He's been a huge fan of Matt Bellamy's band for years and is desperate to collaborate with them.
“A show during the London Olympics will be the ideal opportunity. And with Muse's reputation as one of the best live groups in the world it's bound to be special."
Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin have also been rumoured to involved with the opening/closing ceremonies of the 2012 Games.

Elton John plans special Olympics gig

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Legendary singer Elton John is the latest star planning a special concert in London during the 2012 Olympics, according to reports. And the 64-year-old is said to have asked British rockers Muse to perform alongside him at the gig. A source said: "Elton has never put on subtle live shows but he wants the Olympic gig to be even more overblown and spectacular than ever. "He's been a huge fan of Matt Bellamy's band for years and is desperate to collaborate with them." An insider added to British newspaper The Sun: "A show during the London Olympics will be the ideal opportunity. And with Muse's reputation as one of the best live groups in the world it's bound to be special." Paul McCartney is likely to be involved with the opening or closing ceremony for the games. And a reformed Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones are also wanted by organisers.


Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King Bringing WTT Smash Hits to Cleveland on October 27

August 16, 2011 - World TeamTennis (WTT)
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New York, N.Y. (August 16, 2011) --- Longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King are bringing their annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity night of tennis to Cleveland for the first time in the event's 19-year history. Tennis greats Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Amelie Mauresmo will join other top players for WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Public Hall in Cleveland. Tickets for the one-night event go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. Eastern. The event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year's event will benefit EJAF and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. The funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.
Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. King and John have split the series so far with nine wins each.
"It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," said Sir Elton John. "I'm so pleased that we will be teaming up with the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all of the tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Cleveland area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause."
"It is great for Elton and I to return to Cleveland and we are looking forward to a night of competitive and entertaining tennis," said King. "WTT Smash Hits is much more than a tennis event. It's a way for us to give back to the local community and make an impact by generating awareness and much needed financial support for HIV and AIDS. We hope the Greater Cleveland area will help us reach those goals and support Smash Hits."
"This year the AIDS Task Force created a commemoration video in which people shared their reflections on 30 years of AIDS. The Smash Hits event will help ensure that resources remain available to help fight this terrible disease. Congratulations to the Sports Commission for attracting such an important event to the city of Cleveland," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland.
"The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is thrilled to work with World TeamTennis in bringing this high-profile event to Cleveland. Beyond being an evening of great entertainment, it will benefit such a worthy cause and support our local community in a tremendous way all while showcasing Cleveland," stated David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Roddick, who is playing in his 7th Smash Hits event, is a former world No. 1 and continues to be one of the most successful players on the ATP Tour. Roddick has won 30 singles titles, including the 2003 US Open and has been ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. In 2001, Roddick started the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF), a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education and morality.
Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, will be making her 9th Smash Hits appearance. Navratilova spent 156 consecutive weeks as the world's No. 1 singles player and shares the all-time Wimbledon record of 20 titles with WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 178 doubles titles. She is also one of the most successful WTT players in League history, leading her teams to five championships during her 20 seasons. Navratilova impressed off the court as she publicly dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis last year. Navratilova continued to play tennis and commentate for Tennis Channel during her months of radiation.
This is the first Smash Hits event for Mauresmo. In 2004, she became the first French woman tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world. Mauresmo won two Grand Slam singles titles during her career, the 2006 Wimbledon Championships and the 2006 Australian Open title. Mauresmo has won 25 singles titles and 3 doubles titles during her WTA career. She has also represented France in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
For more information on WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTT.com/SmashHits.
WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO - At A Glance:
WHAT: Charity tennis event co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King
BENEFITS: Elton John AIDS Foundation and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
WHEN: Thursday, October 27 - 7pm Eastern
WHERE: Public Hall - Cleveland, Ohio (500 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114)
WHO: Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King will each captain teams that include Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Amelie Mauresmo and other top tennis stars.
TICKETS: Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 30 at 10 a.m. EDT. Visit www.WTT.com/SmashHits for more information.


August 18, 2011
Countdown to new Las Vegas show on Facebook
By the Editor/eltonjohn.com
The Million Dollar Piano Facebook page is now launched at facebook.com/milliondollarpiano.
This page runs in addition to facebook.com/eltonjohn, Elton's official Facebook page, and focuses on preparations for The Million Dollar Piano, his brand new production for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. This sparkling show debuts on September 28, 2011, and in the days ahead, as we count down to September 28, we will reveal video and photographs of the million dollar piano in production in Yamaha's workshops.


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Six-time Grammy Award winner, legend and pianist Elton John will perform in Riga on November 3.
Sir Elton John and his band's performance in Riga will feature his greatest hits: "Something About The Way You Look Tonight", "I'm Still Standing", "Your Song", "Rocket Man", "Sacrifice", "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word", "Crocodile Rock", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me", "Candle In The Wind" and many others.
Sir Elton John has released 50 albums, of which ten have been No. 1 albums in various countries all over the world; the musician also has 16 No. 1 hits. Sir Elton John is the most successful songwriter and performer in the world, he has sold more than 250 million records.
The musician has collaborated with many music stars, whereas at the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, he performed together with the young pop music phenomenon Lady Gaga. Elton John's latest album, "The Union" was recorded in collaboration with American singer-songwriter Leon Russel and released in 2010, marking a new chapter in Elton John's career.

Olimpíada de Londres terá apresentação especial de Elton John

Olimpíada de Londres terá apresentação especial de Elton John


Elton John participa da cerimônia que reúne cerca de 1900 pessoas . Foto: Getty Images Elton John promete um show especial em Londres
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A Olimpíada de Londres não vai só despertar o esporte na capital inglesa, mas também a música. Elton John é o mais recente artista convocado a se apresentar durante os Jogos de 2012, de acordo com o jornal inglês The Sun. A expectativa é que o cantor faça um show especial para o evento esportivo.
Segundo o jornal inglês, Elton pediu para a banda inglesa Muse o acompanhar no palco, uma forma de trabalharem juntos e dar mais destaque ao show. Uma fonte disse ao The Sun que o cantor planeja uma apresentação ousada, mais do que o usual.
Além de Elton John, Paul McCartney está quase certo de fazer a abertura ou encerramento dos Jogos. Outros possíveis destaques para Londres 2012 são os Rolling Stones e Led Zeppelin, que ainda são procurados pelos organizadores.
Ainda haverá uma série de eventos musicais como parte da programação cultural do evento.


Elton John quer se juntar ao Muse para show durante as Olimpíadas

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Uma fonte ligada à Elton John disse que o astro planeja fazer um grande concerto para celebrar as Olimpíadas 2012 que acontecerão em Londres. Essa mesma pessoa conta que ele adoraria poder contar com a presença do Muse no evento.

Ainda que ande mais comportado ultimamente, Elton John ficou conhecido por seus shows grandiosos e extravagantes.

Ao que se consta ele quer que esse show seja ainda mais exagerado e grandioso que o normal, daí a vontade de poder contar com o Muse no line up da festa.

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A fonte conta ao The Sun que o veterano astro que toca mês que vem no Rock in rio, é um grande fã do Muse e que há tempos ele sonha em colaborar de alguma forma com a banda de Matt Bellamy.

Os organizadores das Olimpíadas 2012 estão sonhando alto quando o assunto são os shows do evento. Aparentemente já foram feitos convites para que Paul McCartney se reunisse com Ringo Starr (o mais próximo que se pode chegar de uma reunião dos Beatles) e também para que os ex-membros do Led Zeppelin se juntassem. Os Rolling Stones também estariam na lista.

Que astros da música inglesa você gostaria de ver se apresentando nas Olimpíadas? Comente.
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Você sabe tudo sobre Elton John? Prove já!

Por Fabian Chacur
Elton John será a grande atração da abertura da edição 2o11 do Rock in Rio, que volta à Cidade Maravilhosa após dez anos.
O show do cantor, compositor e tecladista britânico ocorrerá no dia 23 de setembro, e certamente será sensacional.
Afinal de contas, o autor de Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sempre se mostrou fera nos palcos, como provou em suas duas passagens anteriores pelo Brasil, em 1995 e 2009.
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O Cantor Elton John mandou uma mensagem a todos os cantores da atualidade

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Um dos grandes cantores dessa e da geração passada deixou uma mensagem em seu twitter e facebook, a mensagem era interessada a todos os cantores da atualidade. Na mensagem o cantor, Reginald Kenneth Dwight (Elton John) Disse:

"Essa nova geraçã global é realmente bem estranha para min...
Eu Lembro da época em que cantar não dava muito dinheiro, e não dava muita fama, O grande michael Jackson que o diga, ná época em que ele começou junto com seus irmãos na banda jackson five, ele e seus irmãos não eram muito conheçidos, nem sequer chegavam a ter o numero de fãs que hoje eles tem! Eu lembro quando eu iniciei a minha carreira, era o ano de 1964.
  Eu fico impressionado com esses cantores de hoje em dia e essa juventude de hoje em dia, eu vivi os anos, 60, 70, 80 e os 90 e digo que essa geração não é tão diferente das de decadas passadas, a diferença é que dos anos 60 pra cá a juventude que acompanha música, ficou mais: Rebelde, meio maluca, e se comporta de um jeito que se fosse a 40 anos atrás essas pessoas sofreriam uma vergonha enstrondosa, só que não é tão diferente de hoje em dia, um exemplo é aquele cantor canadense de 17 anos Justin Bieber, digo que se ele apareceçe daquele jeito e canta-se daquele jeito para um publico dos anos 60 ou 70, ele iria ser muito vaiado e muito envergonhado, porém nessa geração as pessoas mesmo as mais velhas e experientes acham normal, um garoto se "maquiar" ou se preparar todo só para cantar! infelizmente é uma dura verdade, eu ainda não acredito que minhas músicas foram passadas para trás por um garoto que devo dizer tem uma voz um tanto feminina, então eu vou deixar uma mensagem não só a esse projeto de cantor, mas para todos os cantores de hoje em dia, que para falar a verdade hoje em dia ser apenas cantor ou cantora não é nada! A pessoa que canta tem que ter algo atrás dela, como sei lá fazer uma série de Televisão ou algo do tipo, mais a mensagem é!"

"Não é preciso parar de cantar, mas é preciso mudar o seu jeito de cantar! Claro que todos tem um jeito própio para cantar, mas o jeito que vocês estão fazendo é errado, procurem primeiro uma boa motivação para cantar, depois trabalhem suas vozes, o estilo de vocês também precisa ser mudado em opniões de várias pessoas! Mas em minha opnião o que faz um cantor ser bom não é o estilo dele, e sim a sua voz! Por mais estranho que o cantor seja, o que vai importar é a sua voz! Agora se você não tem voz para cantar não tente cantar, acredite! Mas é válido lembrar que mesmo que a voz não seja compativel com o cantor, se tiver pessoas que são seus fãs então não vai importar se você tiver uma voz de um ex-presidiario loco, ou de uma meninha de 6 ou 8 anos! O que faz um cantor é a sua voz e os seus fãs!"

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Reality Version: Elton John – Jennifer Hudson – Circle of Life

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Música Circle of Life do Elton John na voz de Jennifer Hudson
Estreia hoje no blog uma nova sessão a “Reality Version”, destinada somente aos reality-shows, algo que eu gosto muito. Inclusive algumas versões dos “recém conhecidos” são infinitamente melhor do que a original.
Não podia estreiar essa sessão sem falar de uma das cantoras mais talentosas e injustiçadas que passou pelo programa americano de maior audiência nos USA, o American Idol. A ganhadora do Oscar, Jennifer Hudson.
Mas antes, uma geral sobre o artista que lançou a versão da qual ela canta e um pouco sobre ela também.
Elton John, cantor de sucesso há 4 décadas, começou sua carreira em uma banda na adolescência em 1967, mas o sucesso veio mesmo com seu álbum “Elton John” em 1970 que incluía o sucesso “Your Song”. Conhecido também por suas trilhas sonoras de sucesso estão os desenhos da Disney: “Rei Leão” (1994) e “Tarzan” (1999).
Jennifer Hudson participou em 2004 da 3ª temporada de American Idol, só conseguindo entrar para as Finais do programa pelo o Wild Card (segunda chance  de se apresentar e entrar para o programa) do jurado Randy Jackson.
Mas ela só ganhou visibilidade e popularidade depois de cantar “Circle of Life” música para mim  a melhor dela na competição. No entanto, Hudson mesmo assim não conseguiu tanta popularidade ficando em 6º lugar na competição.
Depois do programa, em 2005, Jennifer Hudson estrelou o musical “Dreamgirls” com a também cantora Beyoncé, escalada para interpretar Effie WHite onde teve que engordar 10 quilos para o personagem a levando a ganhar o Oscar de “Melhor Atriz Coadjuvante”.
Hudson já lançou 2 álbuns, o “Jennifer Hudson” em 2008 e o “I Remember Me” lançado esse ano.




domingo, 21 de agosto de 2011

Elton John no Rock In Rio 2011

Elton John está chegando ao Brasil e nós de seu primeiro e único fã clube no Brasil, Elton John´s Corporation estamos prontos para receber o maior astro da música pop internacional.

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Elton John´s Corporation é um fan club a respeito do artista britânico fundado em 18 de outubro 1978 por Débora Machado, através de um anúncio publicado pela POP, a revista  para adolescentes mais vendida na época. Nosso grupo não têm fins lucrativos, não vendemos cds ou vídeos ou gravamos para fãs, por favor não insista. Temos como objetivo comum trocar informações a respeito do cantor britânico, sendo matérias, artigos relacionados a Elton John assim como tomar conhecimento de sua biografia e discografia, trocar material relevante, letras traduzidas e tudo aquilo que se referir ao universo do cantor. Nosso trabalho não têm fins lucrativos nem vendemos nenhum material referente ao cantor seja qual ele for. Nos localizamos na cidade do Rio de Janeiro,  e procuramos outros fãs de todo o planeta para divulgarmos o trabalho do artista sempre sem interesses comerciais. A melhor maneira de
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It's a family affair: David Furnish's nearest and dearest join him and Elton on first ever summer holiday with baby Zach 

Last updated at 10:15 AM on 19th August 2011

They've been in the South Of France for most of this month on an extended summer holiday with their new baby Zachary - and now Sir Elton John and David Furnish have made their stay very much a family affair. 
The popstar and his partner have been enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine with their eight-month-old treasure but have now invited all of David's family along too. 
David and Elton, who don't seem to have stopped smiling since Zachary was born on Christmas Day, were seen walking across the beach with their party to a jetty to board a yacht.
Keeping it in the family: A beaming Sir Elton John and David Furnish, carrying baby Zachary, with family in St Tropez today
Keeping it in the family: A beaming Sir Elton John and David Furnish, carrying baby Zachary, with family in St Tropez today
Summer loving: Elton and David have been joined by David's parents Jack and Gladys, as well as his brothers s John and Peter in the south of France
Summer loving: Elton and David have been joined by David's parents Jack and Gladys, as well as his brothers s John and Peter in the south of France
What a cutie: Daddy David carried Zach, who was wearing a sweet little patterned sunhat and denim shorts
What a cutie: Daddy David carried Zach, who was wearing a sweet little patterned sunhat and denim shorts
What a cutie: Daddy David carried Zach, who was wearing a sweet little patterned sunhat and denim shorts 
Little Zachary even had tiny lifejacket fitted as they made the short trip across the waves in a launch to the vessel moored off-shore, with a cut patterned sun hat with a chinstrap protecting his delicate skin from the fierce sun. 
The gorgeous little chap was also sporting titchy denim shorts and a little pale blue patterned T-shirt, while daddy David, 48, was in a white T-shirt and light grey camouflage shorts with deck shoes.
Daddy Elton, 64, meanwhile was wearing a smart royal blue short sleeved shirt and blue checked shorts, with white plimsolls. 
Precious cargo: Daddy Elton takes his turn carrying the bundle of joy as they prepare to board the yacht
Precious cargo: Daddy Elton takes his turn carrying the bundle of joy as they prepare to board the yacht
He appears to have truly got into the holiday spirit and was sporting some hippy-style beads and shell bracelets around his wrist.    
They've been joined in St Tropez today by Jack and Gladys Furnish, as well as David's brothers John and Peter, who've all flown out from Canada.
The entire crew are now cruising the area in a stunning superyacht basking in the 33°C (91.4°F) temperatures.   
All aboard: The proud parents kitted out little Zachary with a mini lifejacket to travel out to the boat
All aboard: The proud parents kitted out little Zachary with a mini lifejacket to travel out to the boat
Sealegs: Little Zachary has already been out to sea numerous times already and looked completely unfazed
Sealegs: Little Zachary has already been out to sea numerous times already and looked completely unfazed
Sealegs: Little Zachary has already been out to sea numerous times already and looked completely unfazed
David and Elton have loved having their friends and family around them this summer.
Earlier this week, David had joined David Walliams and his supermodel wife Lara Stone at the resort's trendy Club 55. 
Lara, 27, and her 39-year-old comedian husband were seen strolling along the sands arm-in-arm looking completely relaxed as they soaked up the sunshine on Pampelonne beach.
Lara and the Little Britain star were joined by David Furnish, who has spent plenty of time at the beach club this summer.
Life on the ocean waves: The now extended family have been cruising the south of France on luxury yacht the Siran
Life on the ocean waves: The now extended family have been cruising the south of France on luxury yacht the Siran
He and Sir Elton have visited the exclusive venue on a number of occasion in recent months even taking their baby Zachary too. 
The couple have spent time with Kate Moss and her friends as well as enjoying a playdate with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burthka who brought their twins along. 
Meanwhile, Glee star Lea Michele has revealed she wants Elton to play the role of one of her gay dads on the show.
She said: 'It would be my dream if (her character) Rachel’s dads were on the show finally.
'Even if they were just watching her perform and she waved at them in the audience. She would look in the crowd and there would be Elton John!'

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, lovingly interpreted by Regent Dwight Project.


Elton John and Bernie Taupin, lovingly interpreted by Regent Dwight Project.





Live from Archives Studios, it's Elton Hilburn and Nigel Wholesome, performing "Grimsby" from the 1974 album "Caribou." Videography by MAF, August 10, 2011.


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Elton and Billie Jean King. Photo:Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA

August 17, 2011
Elton and Billie Jean Smash Hits Cleveland
Annual Charity Tennis Tournament October 27
By the Editor/eltonjohn.com
On October 27, Elton and Billie Jean King are bringing their annual World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits charity night to Cleveland for the first time in the event's 19-year history.
Tennis greats Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and French No.1 Amelie Mauresmo will join other top players for WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO on Thursday, October 27, 2011, 7pm ET at the Public Hall in Cleveland.
Tickets for the one-night event go on sale on Tuesday, August 30 at 10 am ET and can be bought via WTT.com.
Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year's event will benefit EJAF and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. The funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.
The players will form two teams captained by Elton and Billie Jean respectively, and Elton will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will soon be announced.
Elton and Billie Jean are currently neck and neck with nine wins each since Smash Hits began!

Family Photo: The Furnish-John’s Young Yachter

Land ho! Zachary Jackson Levon, 7 months, is all smiles after coming ashore in Saint Tropez, France with dads Elton John and David Furnish on Thursday. The couple were recently joined on their yacht by Neil Patrick Harris, his partner and their twins.



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World-renowned singer, songwriter and Yamaha pianist Elton John will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this fall with an all new show, The Million Dollar Piano, named after a stunning, one-of-a-kind instrument made exclusively for him by Yamaha.

A team effort between Yamaha Entertainment Group and Elton John, the million-dollar piano has been 4 years in the making and is called such because it cost $1 million to create. The designers and engineers from Yamaha Pianos in Hamamatsu, Japan worked with Elton John to bring his vision to life. The result is a spectacular, highly modified CFIIIS grand piano, representing a marriage of tremendous technology and art. There will be only 2 made in the world: one for Elton John and one that Yamaha Entertainment Group will help auction off for charity at the end of the Las Vegas engagement.

“A major visual component of the overall experience, this custom-made, state-of-the-art piano will be a stunning addition to Elton’s show,” said Chris Gero, Vice President and Head of Yamaha Entertainment Group. “We think you will be blown away when you see the entire production on stage.”

The Million Dollar Piano debuts Sept. 28 and will run for 16 shows, marking the beginning of a three-year residency at The Colosseum and Elton’s second as a Caesars Palace headliner. The first was for his production The Red Piano, based on another collaboration between him and Yamaha.

"Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery," said Elton. "I'm going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that's the reason why the show is called 'The Million Dollar Piano.'"

Tickets for the first sixteen performances of The Million Dollar Piano go on public sale on Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PST. These 16 dates are Sept. 28, 30, Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 13-15, 18-19, 21-23. Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PST, as well as online at Ticketmaster, keyword Elton John.

For more information on Yamaha artists or Yamaha Entertainment Group, please visit www.yamahaartists.com or www.facebook.com/yamahaentertainmentgroup






“My Baby Loves Lovin” - Cottonfields” - Lady D’Arbanville” - “Natural Sinner” - “United We Stand

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In 1994, RPM company in Britain released an album entitled Reg Dwight’s Piano Goes Pop. This album collects together Elton's contributions to a variety of “sound-alike” covers albums issued during 1969 and 1970.



This CD was the first reissue of 20 of those anonymous tracks since they were released back in ‘69-70. After it was withdrawn, the tracks were released on another CD by the same label, entitled Chartbusters Go Pop. The full name to the latter release was Chartbusters Go Pop! 20 Legendary Covers from 1969/70 as Sung by Elton John. Yet another edtion was released in 2001 which includes sixteen of the original compilation’s twenty tracks.



The following quote is from Wikipedia: “These recordings - - are taken from a variety of periodically-issued budget-priced compilations of hit songs, under brand names including Top of The Pops, Chartbusters and Hot Hits. These were issued by budget labels including Music For Pleasure and featured current or recent hits re-recorded, with varying degrees of note-for-note accuracy, by nameless 'soundalike' performers. Like many other jobbing session singers of the time, Elton John worked as a vocalist on these albums. He specialised in copying the vocal mannerisms of the original singers of soul and rock hits.



“These covers compilations were cheaply recorded, cheaply priced, and sold in large quantities until, in 1972, compilations featuring the original artists were introduced by such labels as K-Tel. The public obviously preferred to buy the original recordings and the era of the cheap cover compilations quickly came to an end.”



The 1994 CD booklet includes a thorough look on the subject, written by Tim Joseph. In his essay, Joseph writes: “If the aim of these tracks was to sound as close to the original single as possible, it could actually be argued that Elton failed totally in his job! Despite the fact that he is meant to be a great mimic - -, every track here sounds like nobody other than Elton John himself. For which - - we have reason to be grateful, because throughout this disc Elton puts on the kind of performance one might have thought he would reserve for his own recordings. Quite simply, on several of the tracks Elton rips the original to shreds.”



The first track on Reg Dwight’s Piano Goes Pop is “My Baby Loves Lovin’”, which was the top selling single (UK #9./US #13.) for the group White Plains. The song, which was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, was released on January 1970.



The group White Plains didn't exist as an actual recording band. They were merely one of the showpeices for studio singer Tony Burrows, who sang lead and recorded under many different band names; it was an ingenious marketing ploy to create record sales. One of the most well-known chart hits where Burrows sang lead is Edison Lighthouse’s chart-topping single from 1970, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)”. He also sang lead vocals on The Brotherhood of Man's “United We Stand”, which reached #10 on the UK charts and which is also track number five on this collection.



The next track “Cotton Fields” is a song written by blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. The Beach Boys released the song as “Cottonfields” on a single on April 1970, and it became a big hit in the UK. The version on their 1969 album 20/20 was different, although both versions featured Al Jardine as lead vocalist.



“Lady D’Arbanville” was written by Cat Stevens and issued on his third album Mona Bone Jakon in 1970. Released as a single, this track reached #8 on the British pop charts.



“Natural Sinner” was originally performed by Fairweather, a British rock band formed in 1970 by former Amen Cormer guitarist and vocalist Andy Fairweather Low. “Natural Sinner”, which went to number 6 on the UK singles chart, was their only hit record.



“United We Stand” is a popular song by Tony Hiller and Peter Simons. It was first recorded in 1970 by The Brotherhood of Man, who scored a worldwide hit with it. The song, which became the band’s first hit (UK #10./US #13.) is considered a worldwide standard and has been recorded by more than 100 artists, according to Wikipedia.



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-- About once or twice a year, The Round-Up in Tampa will surprise everyone and pull a great country show out of their 10-gallon hat. On Sept. 23, look for rising country duo Thompson Square (singers of Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not and I Got You, and most recently seen opening for Jason Aldean at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre) at the bar. Tickets are $10-$15. Click here.
-- Because this is not a concert, we're afraid it can't qualify for Soundcheck's coveted 2011 WTF Concert of the Year Award. But we might give it an honorary shout-out. Bernie Taupin, the legendary songwriter best known for his works with Elton John, will exhibit some of his artwork in late September and early October at Michael Murphy Gallery M (2701N S MacDill Ave., Tampa). He'll appear in person on Oct. 1-2. Click here for the full details.
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Bernie Taupin Exhibit: "Beyond Words"

Saturday, Oct 1 6:00p to 9:00p
Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa's premier Fine Art Gallery, presents "Beyond Words", an extraordinary collection of contemporary artworks by legendary songwriter and lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Beginning Sept. 24, the public will be able to preview the artwork at Michael Murphy Gallery. Exhibition previews will run through Oct. read more
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Brian May, Robert Plant And Elton John Join Fight Against Hunger

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(RTTNews) - Brian May Robert Plant and Elton John have signed up to fundraise for the Save the Children's East Africa charity. Currently, many children in the region are malnourished and/or starving.
In addition to May, Plant and Elton, several additional big names have lent their names to the cause including Paul McCartney, Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Madonna, Lady Gaga and others.
Each of the artists will post a short video on their official Facebook page or Twitter account. The vids will include information on how fans can join the fight against hunger. In addition, the videos will be set to the music of Bob Marley's 1973 classic, "High Tide or Low Tide."
Marley's widow, Rita, is a passionate advocate for Save the Children East Africa. She spoke to Us Weekly regarding the charity:
"Not one child should suffer. Along with Save the Children, we must stand up together as friends to put a stop to this, to feed our children and to save their lives."
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The Top 10 Best Elton John Songs from the 90s

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The late 80's found Elton John's career struggling to survive. Not only that, but the man Reginald Dwight was also struggling to survive. Luckily, in the early 90's, John entered rehab. He was able to quit abusing alcohol and drugs, and start concentrating on more important things, like the Elton John AIDS Foundation and his music career. The 90's would bring Elton John back into the bright spotlight that had faded in 1976. And though his music was still seen as mainstream adult contemporary, he was still able to churn out a number of great tunes. Here is a list of the 10 best Elton John songs from the 90s.

10) Latitude

Bet you never heard of this Elton John song before. It's off the Made in England album. It's a fun mid-tempo little number that holds no weight. It's not bogged down with emotion. It's just a good sing-along ditty. Sometimes, especially on an album like Made in England, you need a song that lets your breathe. This is that song. Reminiscent of songs like Grimsby off the Caribou album.

Best Lyric: "And latitude, fold back the morning and bring out the night. There's an alien moon, that hangs between darkness and light."

9) The Last Song

Not since 1976's Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word has Elton released a song so depressing that it makes you want to jump out a window. Despite its dark and depressing nature, The Last Song is a truly remarkable song. It tells the story of a young man dying of AIDS, and a father who has finally learned to accept him. It's a sad unfortunate tale that probably gets told all too often. You won't hear this song played in the clubs or at a party, but it's a great tune in time of reflection. And it gives the listener a reminder that things can always be worse.

Best Lyric: "Cuz I never thought I'd lose. I only thought I'd win. I never dreamed I'd feel this fire beneath my skin. I can't believe you love me. I guess I misjudged love, between a father and his son."

8) Something About the Way You Look Tonight

At the time of its release, Something about the Way You Look Tonight was a typical Elton John song. Lyrically, it was simple and easy to understand. And musically, it was just as simple. But that's what made this song great. 30 years after Elton John wrote Your Song, a simple melody onto itself, he was still able to create masterpieces out of simplicity. Something About the Way You Look Tonight follows in the vein of Elton's love song classic like I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues and Harmony. Sure, it may be a little more sugary. And yes, his voice is coarser. But the song works. It should be noted this song was released as a double A side single with Candle in the Wind 97. So technically, Something About The Way You Look Tonight is the biggest selling single of all time.

Best Lyric: "There was a time; I was everything and nothing all in one."

7) Cold

For a brief time in the mid 90's, it seemed as if Elton John went back in time to 1975. Because the song Cold, track five from the Made in England album, could have been written alongside classics like Someone Saved My Life Tonight and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It's sentimental and heartbreaking, but not too slow that it's dragging. It keeps a smooth flowing tempo. The song and its lyrics are too sophisticated for the radio public, a problem that many of Elton John's album tracks run into. It's the type of song you want to listen to after having your heart broken and you just want to cry it all out.

Best Lyric: " I don't love you is like a stake, being driven through your heart."

6) Live Like Horses

In 1997, Elton John released the album The Big Picture. And though it reached number 9 on the Billboard charts, it was quite a dark and boring album. The majority of the songs were numb and plotting, and typical color by number fair. But of the couple of songs that stood, Live Like Horses was the grandest. A stallion of a song, the six minute tune makes slow progress through the verses and then slams you with a large verbose chorus. It's the closest Elton John will ever get to singing like Luciano Pavoratti, who later did a duet of this song with Elton John.

Best Lyric: "Someday we'll live, like horses. Free reign, from your old iron fences."

5) Believe

Elton John seemed to be on a roll in 1995. The Made in England album was one of his best albums in years. And the song Believe was the first single off the album. It's not very often that Elton John strays from the routine that brought him to the dance, but Believe is a very different song for Elton. It was darker and more powerful. And it didn't follow the typical verse/chorus/verse/chorus song structure that Elton typically employs. It is a great song that Elton still sings to this day.

Best Lyric: "Judges and dictators. Politics and papers. Everything crumbles, sooner or later. But love. I believe in love."

4) Made In England

In 2007, Elton John released The Captain and the Kid album. It was an autobiographical album and a follow-up to their first autobiographical Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. However, unofficially, 1995's Made in England was the follow up. And the title track, Made in England is a perfect example of this. The song is similar to I'm Still Standing, except it has an edgier feel. Whereas I'm Still Standing was pure pop, Made in England is more rock and roll. The tune is also interesting lyrically. It's not very often you hear the words "blue cantina" in a rock song.

Best Lyric: "I was made in England, out of Cadillac muscle. Face down, on the playground. Crying God send me a brother."

3) Circle of Life

Although Elton John regained some media attention when he released The One, in 1994, Elton received even more media attention. Elton was enlisted by Disney to write music for their upcoming film The Lion King. The movie ended up being a massive success. Elton's music was being heard on radio waves on a scale he hadn't seen since the early 70s. Although Elton ended up winning a Grammy Award for the track Can You Feel the Love Tonight, his other contribution, Circle of Life, edges out its sister. The song is delightful, inspirational and spiritual, without being corny and sappy.

Best Lyric: "It's the wheel of fortune. It's the leap of faith. It's the band of hope."

2) The One

Elton John's first big hit after successfully completing rehab was The One. The song also told the world: "This bitch is back." The master of the love song returned to full overblown glory with his hit song. In 1992, you couldn't turn on a radio without hearing this well marketed masterpiece. Elton even played the song at the MTV Music Awards.

The tune would live on in infamy, as a very popular first dance at wedding's worldwide.

Best Lyric: "When stars collide. Like you and I. No shadows black the sun. You're all I ever needed. Baby you're the one."

1) Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me

Yes, I know the song was originally written in 1974. But the popular song from the 70's enjoyed a rebirth in 1992, when Elton John and George Michael collaborated for the album Duets. The song was taped live at a concert overseas and adds to the track more than it distracts. George Michael's soft voice mixed with Elton's lower register made for odd but a beautiful pairing. The song helped both individuals remain relevant. George was trying to stay popular after a series of popular singles and Elton was trying to get back into the spotlight. This song did both.

Best Lyric: "But these cuts I have, oh they need love to help them heal."

Elton John had a song in the Billboard top 40 every year since 1969. For 30 consecutive years, Elton released at least one single that got massive airplay. In 1999, that streak ended. Despite the streak ending, Elton still remained popular. If you get a chance, check out some of Elton John's top 10 best songs of the 90's.

 

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Christina Aguilera, Elton John, and Elizabeth Taylor at the 2005 EJAF Academy Awards Viewing Party, Photo: KMazur/WireImage
August 1, 2011
Hollywood Reporter features EJAF
Elton's Oscar parties piece of cover story
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The July 29, 2011 special issue of The Hollywood Reporter focusing on philanthropy includes a two-page spread on the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party entitled "Fundraising with Oscar Flair." The issue is available on newsstands and on line at The Hollywood Reporter.
The article features photographs from several Academy Awards Viewing Parties over the past 19 years, along with quotes from Elton about the significance of each event, the contributions that have been made by Hollywood stars, and the platform the Party provides to raise awareness, build relationships, and forge new partnerships in the fight against AIDS.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation was established in the United States in 1992 (EJAF-US) and in the United Kingdom in 1993 (EJAF-UK) by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

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Elton' Concert 1986 Tour de Force Who was there that show?

Elton' Concert 1986 Tour de Force
Who was there that show???

I am a big fan of Elton John. And I was the one who started a kind of movement
over internet during the last 5 years, in order to call the attention of producers and owners of the audiovisual
material recorded it during those months (december 1986)
The simple idea was to get acces to remastereded video on dvd of that show. Fortunately about 3 year later since we started this
call, it came up a dvd version of that concert but apparently unofficialal and only available on internet.
Giving that isn't an official release, many songs are missing.
Finally I could download from internet a version (from a tape) absolutely unpublished and clearly bootleged from somewhere; and from somebody who only God knows how they did to conserve that material for so many years???
The quality of what I'm talking about is quite poor. But this bootleg version include many songs that are not included in the better version on sale.
Cause I am a video editor I could remasterize by my own merging two concerts and creating just one; adding songs that are missing in the first video in better quality.
I must o add, that I do know that this concert was saled on VHS version, and then in LD. But according what I do know, it has never
realesed an oficial full version.
Sooo.... I wonder if anybody who read this forum, may tell me if could be there?? and if it is so
what do you remember??
how do you get to that concert??
how many hours do you spent there??
what happened between the switch of the band?? at the moment when it joined the MSO to elton's band
did you must wait for too long???
(I supose that was needed a half of hour to move up from one stage to another)
did you had fun??
if you are a trully Elton's Fan, did you see that night as something unique??
do you still have any souvenir from that night??
what do you feel today listining the music today?? nostalgia??

This question is only for Elton's enthusiastics

Thanks a lot for your thoughts :-)
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  • I am a big fan of Elton John and I was able to watch him once and only once in my lifetime (so far), in Sydney and I don't remember what year it was. I collect CDs and DVDs of EJ concerts, too, and watch these every so often with visitors. Sometimes, I watch these DVDs alone, and I am just as happy. My favorite EJ song of all time is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
  • Mark by Mark
    I was just 1 year old in 1986. So obviously, I would not know.
  • Med by Med
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    I like old songs. I came across Elton John when he sang at Diana's funeral Got interested and I bought a CD. He is cool - - was in the news for adopting a child, together with his "husband". So new age.





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If there was ever a celebrity who was well known for wearing spectacles, it must be Elton John. Born in 1947 and so a long time before alternativessuch as Lasix became available to correct myopia, Elton started wearing glasses from a very early age.
Born into a very modest household, in his younger days he would depend on the national health service for his spectacles. Perhaps it was the lack of fashion spectacles that were available from the service that instilled in him the desire for more flamboyant eyewear.
With the debut album Goodbye Yellow Brick Rd., Elton’s road to fame and subsequent riches began as did the start of his huge glasses collection. Nobody really knows exactly how many pairs of spectacles Elton has bought and worn over his career, one of the earliest comments that he made about his spectacles collection was in 2002 when he claimed to own over 2000 pairs of spectacles. More recently in an interview with BBC radio two, he increased this estimate to over 20,000 pairs of glasses-probably the largest privately owned glasses collection in the world. He was quoted in the interview as saying that he would rather buy eyeglasses than any other high-tech gadgets and will likely continue to do so.
Elton John is not only known for the vast quantity of glasses that he owns, but also for the outrageous styles of spectacles that he has been known to wear for his stage shows and public outings. The classic pair of spectacles that really started his reputation for being prepared to wear almost any attention grabbing spectacles were the ostrich feather festooned glasses that accompanied his feather boa outfit on the Capt. fantastic tour. Another pair of glasses made famous on the Capt. fantastic tour were comprised of 57 individual lights that when ignited spelled-his name and were bright enough to be seen from the back of the concert hall.
His fascination for glasses extended also into his artistic life, when he premiered the play “Elton John’s Glasses” in Watford in 1997. This comedy was well-received by the drama critics and continued on tour for the next year, eventually finishing at the London’s Queens Theatre on July 11, 1998. He had managed to combine three of his great loves in one outing: soccer, glasses and the dramatic arts.
As Elton has aged somewhat gracefully, so has his taste in the glassesthat he wears in public. Recent sightings of Elton wearing glasses have shown a much more conservative style when worn in public, and even his stage shows have featured a much less flamboyant style of spectacles.
Obviously his glasses collection has been expensive to accrue, but no doubt Elton can afford it and continues to add to it. Not known for his frugal lifestyle, he has been known to spend as much as 30 million pounds in under two years supporting a lavish lifestyle. This included spending over £293,000 on flowers in under a year, and when asked about it he replied “Yes, I like flowers”.
It is difficult to estimate the cost of the value of the glasses that Elton has purchased over the span of his 40 year career, but if he can spend that much on flowers in less than a year, it is most likely that he has spent considerably more than this on his glasses over the years. Many of his glasses now reside in other collections or displays, with some of the most famous glasses insured for up to £5000 each.
The highest price paid at auction for a pair of Elton John’s glasses in recent times, was in 2010 when the pair mentioned above that spelled out his name in 57 lights were purchased by the Hard Rock Cafe for almost ,000. This was a bit of an exception however, as typically when is glasses come up for sale at auction, they sell in the range of -00. The other pair mentioned above with the feather trimmed glasses lenses, although iconic in the history of Elton John’s glasses, sold in the same auction for just 00.
Adding it all up though, it would still imply that Elton’s glasses collection today could well be worth in excess of million. If you were to buy normal glasses online for this amount of money, you could fill a warehouse the size of four football fields.
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TED CARFRAE, MY LIFE IN MUSIC: KIKI DEE ALBUM MASTERING PROJECT – PART 2

Ted Carfrae, My Life In Music: Gus Dudgeon, Me And Kiki Dee - The Rocket Records Remastering Project Part 2

TCM Music Group’s Ted Carfrae continues from last Friday’s blog with his recollection of working with Kiki Dee and Gus Dudgeon…..
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Apart from the aforementioned unreleased albums, of course there were the tapes for the four classic albums; 1973’s ‘Loving & Free’, 1974’s ‘I’ve Got The Music in Me’, 1977 ‘Kiki Dee’ and 1978’s ‘Stay With Me Baby’ produced by my all time favourite engineer/producer, Bill Schnee.
Gus and I spent a few days pre-mastering ideas, playing around with digital mastering equipment we had borrowed and decided to burn off a set of CD’s and live with them for a few weeks and then come back to finish off and make any changes that were needed.
Both he and I had other commitments to attend to so we said we would touch base soon and sort out a date, shook hands and said our goodbyes. That would be the last time I would ever talk to Gus because unfortunately, he died in a tragic car accident along with his wife a week or so later.
It was an awful shock to everyone who knew him. I didn’t know Gus that well, only a couple of years and more work colleagues I guess, but he was an amazing presence in this industry, a true original character and I feel blessed to have worked with him because he filled the place with laughter and was a complete joy to be around.
Naturally, the mastering project was rightly shelved, I packed the tapes away and returned them to the warehouse and put the DAT and CD transfers in a drawer where they stayed.
Some years later I decided to move out of London and relocate to a beautiful village in Kent and while building my new studio, I stumbled across the masters I had done with Gus in a drawer. Quite by chance, Kiki Dee was playing in concert at my local hall with her long time music partner Carmelo Luggeri so we decided to go along and see the show and if there was a chance, I would mention the masters I had done with Gus.
The show was fantastic of course and after the show she was busy signing autographs so I decided to leave it. For about a week after the concert, these tapes were on my mind. I eventually decided to contact Kiki direct to see if she wanted to have them and maybe she could use them. Within days Kiki called me back, we met for lunch and a friendship began. She told me that Elton had actually given her ownership of the master tapes so over a period of months, we toyed with the idea of trying to get all the albums properly released.
I contacted a good friend of mine at EMI called Steve Davis and arranged an initial meeting with him to discuss my ideas and straight off he was interested and wanted to meet Kiki. We set the meeting up and after a lot of discussion over the following months, the deal was signed.
It was quite a unique deal in some ways because not only were EMI going to release all five original albums on CD for the first time, but they were also going to re-release  Kiki and Carmelo’s latest album, the excellent ‘Walk Of Faith’ along with earlier albums, ‘Where Rivers Meet’ and ‘Naked’.
All the albums were scheduled for release in the spring of 2008 with me acting as executive producer for the project. I decided to approach the mastering from a fresh perspective and enlisted the talent of Geoff Pesch at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Kiki and I worked hard on finding some great content for the CD booklets. She arranged for all of her photo shoots to be shipped in from the Rocket archives and there were some real treasures along with thousands of newspaper cuttings of her massively successful US tours and interviews. I arranged for literally hundreds of previously unseen slides to be transferred to disc and Kiki and I spent weeks picking all the photos specifically for each album booklet.
I have to say it was such a fun time sitting alone with Kiki ploughing through all of this stuff, listening to all the anecdotes, it was an amazing time. I then enlisted the talent of another dear friend, journalist Chris White to write the new sleeve notes and in April 2008 all of Kiki’s albums were finally released by EMI and I strongly recommend them all.
Speaking of anecdotes, Kiki told me a fantastic one about my all time favourite vocal on her classic recording of the song ‘Stay With Me Baby’.
Evidently, back in the late seventies when Kiki was living in LA, the song was released as a single and she ran into Patti Labelle at a party and Patti told her it was one of the best vocal performances she had ever heard and it deserved to get a Grammy, praise indeed. Well it didn’t win the Grammy but it is to this day a master class vocal performance and for me personally, I distinctly remember listening to Kiki’s version of this incredible song all those years ago when I was a young assistant engineer and it set the standard for the level of feeling, power and production I wanted to achieve on my own records someday and that still stands today.
Over the years I often refer to that one track as a supreme example of the perfect vocal take, full of passion and feeling.  If you don’t know Kiki Dee’s music, do yourself a real favour, get the albums off Amazon and  listen to one of the best voices of all time.

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