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Elton John´s Diary 1968

The Illustrated Cornflakes & Classics A musical history of Elton John
by Paul Maclauchlan

Copyright 1989, 2006 Paul Maclauchlan

Permission granted to copy this information if credit is given


Jan 1968

The Angel Tree 
This song has not been released by any artist.

Feb 1968

Tartan Coloured Lady 
This song has not been released by any artist.

Mar 1 1968
UK 45
Philips BF 1643 (did not chart)

I've Been Loving You (3:19) 
Here's To The Next Time (3:11) 
The first Elton John record release.

Top Pops No. 17, dated March 2 1968, contained a brief article under the headline: Problem: Who's The Star? 

Another puzzler. This ... is Elton John, whose record is called I've Been Loving You, on Phillips. But the publicity gives equal credit to the writer, Bernard Taupin, and the producer, Caleb Quaye, all experienced and highly competent pop men. come to think of it, it's about time the men behind the discs had more credit. So good for Bernard and Caleb, as well as Elton.

Apr 1968

And The Clock Goes Round 
I'll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me 
Reminds Me Of You 
Trying To Hold On To A Love That's Dying 
When I Was Tealby Abbey 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Apr 1968
Elton John begins recording demo versions of songs for music publisher Dick James Music. This includes some Roger Cook-Roger Greenaway songs.


Dick James (12 December 1920 – 1 February 1986), born Leon Isaac Vapnick in the East End of London, was a music publisher and together with his son Stephen founded the DJM record label and recording studios, as well as (with Brian Epstein) The Beatles' publisher Northern Songs.

Early days
James sang with North London dance bands in his early teens, and was a regular vocalist at the Cricklewood Palais by the age of seventeen. He joined the Henry Hall band, and made first radio broadcast in 1940. Joining the Army in 1942, after World War II he continued to sing with top post-war bands, including Geraldo's. Later still, James was also a part-time member of The Stargazers, a popular early 1950s vocal group.

He was the singer of the theme songs of The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Buccaneers, from British television in the 1950s, and was a friend and associate of renowned record producer George Martin.
Switch to publishing

James entered the music publishing business as his singing career tapered off. In 1958 he joined Sidney Bron Music as a song-plugger but decided to leave and open Dick James Music in 1961. In early 1963 he was contacted by Brian Epstein who was looking for a publisher for the second Beatles single "Please Please Me" and agreed an appointment for 11 o'clock the following morning. Having arranged a previous meeting at 10.00, Epstein left in disgust at 10.25 when the executive he was due to meet failed to appear and arrived at James's office at 10.40. Epstein apologised to the receptionist for being early and offered to wait until 11.00; nevertheless, the receptionist contacted James who promptly ushered Epstein into his office. Having heard the record and telling Epstein it was a number one James was invited by Epstein to publish and promote it. James then called Philip Jones, producer of the TV show Thank Your Lucky Stars, played the record down the phone to him and secured the band's first nationwide television appearance.[3] The pair subsequently established Northern Songs Ltd., with Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to publish Lennon and McCartney's original songs. (Fellow Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr were also signed to Northern Songs as songwriters, but did not renew their contracts in 1968). James's company, Dick James Music, administered Northern Songs.

What initially began as an amicable working relationship between the Beatles and James disintegrated by the late 1960s: the Beatles considered that James had betrayed and taken advantage of them when he sold Northern Songs in 1969 without offering the band an opportunity to buy control of the publishing company. James profited handsomely from the sale of Northern Songs, but the Beatles never again had the rights to their own songs.
During the 1960s he also handled Billy J. Kramer and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Later days
James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as untried unknowns in 1967 after his son Stephen, who had been working with his father since 1963, found Elton John using their recording studios late at night without permission. Stephen who had started the recording studios and opened a record production company called This Productions formed DJM Records in 1969. Indeed, all of John's early releases (up to 1976) were issued on the DJM record label. The label also carried Jasper Carrott, RAH Band and John Inman.

John formed his own Rocket label in 1976, but in 1982, John was involved in a long court case with James about royalties. In June 1985, the British music magazine NME reported that John was suing James over the rights to his earlier material.


James died in London of a heart attack in early 1986, at the age of 65. Dick James Music was acquired by PolyGram which was in turn acquired by Universal Music Group.
British chart hits

"Robin Hood"/"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" (1956) - number 14
"Garden of Eden" (1957) - number 18

May 7 1968

Elton John's last Bluesology show.

May 1968

Regimental Sgt Zippo 
You'll Be Sorry To See Me Go (Elton John / Caleb Quaye) 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Jun 1968

Cry Willow Cry 
If I Asked You 
There Is Still A Little Love 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Jul 1968
UK 45 - Dukes Noblemen
Philips 326899

Thank You For Your Loving (Elton John and Caleb Quaye) 
aka Thank You For All Your Loving.
Aug 1968
UK 45 - Guy Darrell

According to Tim Joseph's liner notes, Guy Darrell released a cover of an Elton John and Bernie Taupin song.
Sep 1968

Baby I Miss You 
Smokestack Children 
The Girl On Angle Pavement 
Two Of A Kind 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Oct 23 1968
UK 45 - The Barron Knights
Columbia DB 8485 (UK: #35; 4 weeks)

#An Olympic Record
[Elton John: piano] 

Oct 28 1968
ENGLAND RECORDING SESSION - Aeolian Hall, BBC London Studio 2

+All Across The Havens 
+Lady Samantha 
+Skyline Pigeon 
Elton John: piano, organ, vocals; Caleb Quaye: guitar; Boots Slade: bass; Malcolm Tomlinson: drums. Produced by: Aidan Day; Engineered by: Pat Whelan & Mike Robinson

Broadcast November 3 1968 on The Stuart Henry Show

Oct 1968

Bonnie's Gone Away 
Going Home 
Just An Ordinary Man 
There's Still Time For Me 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Nov 3 1968
UK RADIO - BBC - Stuart Henry Show
Sundays 10am to noon, from Paris. $

+All Across The Havens 
+Lady Samantha 
+Skyline Pigeon 
Elton John: piano, organ, vocals; Caleb Quaye: guitar; Boots Slade: bass; Malcolm Tomlinson: drums.

Recorded October 28, 1968, Aeolian Hall, BBC London Studio 2. Produced by: Aidan Day; Engineered by: Pat Whelan & Mike Robinson

Audition panel notes (December 12): 'Male vocal in the 1968 feeling - thin, piercing voice with no emotional appeal... dreary songs... one key singer... pretentious material'

Nov 27 1968
UK RADIO - BBC - John Peel's Night Ride
Wednesday nights midnight to 1am.

+Lady What's Tomorrow 
+Digging My Grave 
This is the only known performance / recording of this song. Ray Coleman identifies it as a November 1968 Bernie Taupin and Elton John composition, but that date may be based on this performance. 
+First Episode At Hienton 
+The Scaffold 
Elton John, solo.

Recorded November 27, 1968, BBC London Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by: Pete Carr

The BBC performer contract says: 'sings and plays guitar'

Dec 2 1968
UK RECORDING SESSION - EMI Studio, Abbey Road The Bread And Beer Band

The Dick Barton Theme (The Devil's Gallup) 
Elton John played piano in the band. Other members: Bernie Calver (bass); Caleb Quaye (quitar), Roger Pope (drums) and two Jamaican percussionists Rolfo and Lennox.

Dec 1968

Lady Samantha 
All Across The Havens 
Recording of songs for January 17 1969 release.
Dec 1968

Digging My Grave 
This song was performed once by Elton John, on the November 27 1968 broadcast of John Peel's Night Ride.

Late 1968

The Angel Tree 
Thank You For All Of Your Loving (Elton John / Caleb Quaye) 
First release of an Elton John / Bernie Taupin song.

Late 1968
UK DEMO - Eurovision Song Contest Entry

I Can't Go On Living Without You 
The tune eventually places sixth in a six song competition.

Philips label (no number)

I Get A Little Bit Lonely 
The Flowers Will Never Die 
Rock Me When I'm Gone 
Tartan Coloured Lady 
I've Been Loving You 
Sitting Doing Nothing (Elton John and Caleb Quaye) 
Sing Me No Sad Songs 
I Love You And That's All That Matters 
The Tide Will Turn For Rebecca 
A Dandelion Dies In The Wind 
Hour Glass (Tony Collacott, Jack Mowbray and Breen Leoeuf 
Baby I Miss You 
Reminds Me Of You 
When The First Tear Shows 
Early tracks. Track listing is from the 1976 Appy Records LP I Get A Little Bit Lonely.
Reports of this album are probably false. There is an unreleased album that Elton John appeared on, see the February 1969 entry for The Bread And Beer Band.

Other songs written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, and others, prior to the recording of Empty Sky, but with no specific dates attached. These have been mentioned in interviews, articles or are part of the packaging included with the Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy album.

Mirrors Of My Mind 
Lemonade Lake 
Sarah's Coming (Back) (Paul Raymond and Tony Murray) 
Not The Man I Used To Be 
I'll Never Let You Go 

Chapter Menu
1947 to 1965

Elton John´s Diary 1967

The Illustrated Cornflakes & Classics A musical history of Elton John
by Paul Maclauchlan

Copyright 1989, 2006 Paul Maclauchlan

Permission granted to copy this information if credit is given


Spring 1967

Long John Baldry expands the group into a nine-piece band and moves to the cabaret circuit as the John Baldry Show.

Jun 17 1967

The famous music paper advertisement by Ray Williams, soliciting talent for Liberty Records. Both Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin answer the ad.

Jun 1967
ENGLAND AUDITION - Regent Sound Studios, Denmark Street, London

+He'll Have To Go 
+I Love You Because 

Reg Dwight auditions for Liberty Records. Ray Williams declines to sign him, but suggests Reg might want to "try" writing songs with Bernie Taupin.

Jul & Aug 1967
Reg Dwight is signed through an agency to replace Eric Hine on keyboards for the band Simon Dupree And The Big Sound during a tour of Scotland. Reg played Hammond organ and Mellotron for £25 a week.

Reg kept in touch with Ray Shulman after Eric Hine returned to the group. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound later recorded, but didn't release, the Elton John / Bernie Taupin song I'm Going Home. Elton contributed piano to that recording and also the unreleased songs Laughing Boy From Nowhere and Give It All Back. All were to eventually be heard on the Simon Dupree And The Big Sound CD release Part Of My Past on 

April 27 2004.
This information is from Peter O'Flaherty's web site Simon Dupree and The Big Sound. Peter was the bass guitar player in the group. Be sure to visit Peter's site to read his memoir of that summer and see pictures of young Reg Dwight on tour in Scotland!

Jul & Aug 1967
SCOTLAND CONCERTS - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound with Reg Dwight on keyboards

Glasgow and area ( Three nights ) 
Brodick, Island of Arran. Two days and nights, over a weekend. 
Forte William 
Edinburgh ( Two nights ). 
This information is from Peter O'Flaherty's web site Simon Dupree and The Big Sound.

Sep 1967

A Dandelion Dies In The Wind 
A Little Love Goes A Long Long Way (Reg Dwight) 
Can't You See It (Reg Dwight) 
If You Could See Me Now (Reg Dwight) 
Mr Lightning Strikerman 
Onetime, Sometime or Never 
Velvet Fountain 
Watching The Planes Go By 
Published by The Hollies publishing company, Gralto, ( subsidiary of Dick James Music) none of these songs have been released by any artist.

Lyrics from Scarecrow: 
"Like moths around a light bulb
Your brain is still bleeding
From visions and pictures of nature's young raincoat
If only my eyes were not pinned to your table
My arms would be grasping the lilies of summer."

"A wooden construction...can you still see me Scarecrow." 

Oct 5 1967
UK 45 - Bluesology

Since I Found You Baby 
Just A Little Bit 
The B-side is available on the LP ROCK LEGENDS - RARE TRACKS Polydor 2475 711 (Australia), also released in Germany. Caleb Quaye has joined the band at this point.

Oct 1967

Countryside Love Affair (Reg Dwight) 
I Could Never Fall In Love With Anybody Else (Reg Dwight) 
I Get A Little Bit Lonely (Reg Dwight) 
Where It's At (Reg Dwight / Nicky James) 
Who's Gonna Love You (Reg Dwight / Kirk Duncan) 
Witch's House (Reg Dwight) 
Year Of The Teddy Bear 
None of these songs have been released by any artist.

Nov 17 1967
Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin are signed to DJM records.

DJM Records (also known as Dick James Music) was the record label set up in the 1970s by British music publisher, Dick James, distributed by Pye Records in the UK and various other companies around the world, including the USA.

The first release on the label was by Dave Sealy and entitled "It Takes A Thief", which had been adapted from the theme music from a popular television series for which a lyric was written. Frank Neilson was A&R manager from 1976 to 1979, before he moved to Polydor Records. Andy Stinton was Promotions Manager for several years before moving to Canada in 1980 to start his own communications company.

Elton John was very prominent on DJM, except in the US and Canada where he was signed to MCA Records. He switched in 1976 to his own Rocket Records, before later deciding to sue DJM in the 1980s over the rights to his earlier (pre-1976) work.

Other acts on the label in the 1970s included Ireland's Celtic rockers Horslips; Mr. Bloe, who included pianist Zack Laurence and harmonica player Harry Pitch; former Fleetwood Mac member Danny Kirwan, who recorded three albums for DJM, Second Chapter (1975), Midnight In San Juan (1976), and Hello There Big Boy! (1979); The Tremeloes, after their departure from CBS/Epic in 1974; singer-turned-actor Dennis Waterman; Johnny Guitar Watson, who had several successful singles and albums in the USA; and various session musicians who had worked with Elton John.

Roger Hodgson – prior to joining Supertramp – issued a U.K. single on DJM under the name "Argosy". This record was also released on Congress Records (a division of Kapp Records) in the U.S..

After Dick James' death in 1986, the DJM catalogue was acquired by PolyGram.

Nov 1967

This song has not been released by any artist.

Dec 1967
Reg Dwight resigns from Bluesology and changes his name to Elton John. The name is combined from those of his bandmates, saxophone player Elton Dean and singer Long John Baldry.

Dec 1967

I Want To See You Smile (Elton John / Caleb Quaye) 
This song has not been released by any artist.

Chapter Menu
1947 to 1965

Elton John´s Diary 1966

The Illustrated Cornflakes & Classics A musical history of Elton John
by Paul Maclauchlan

Copyright 1989, 2006 Paul Maclauchlan

Permission granted to copy this information if credit is given

Photo: Elton John and Bluesology


Feb 1966
UK 45 - Bluesology

Mr Frantic 
Everyday (I Have The Blues) 
Dec 11 1966

Mr. Frantic
Written by Reg Dwight
© 1965 Mills Music


When you hold me, when you thrill me
My heart just sets on fire
When you love me, when you hold me
I'm just filled with desire

You know that I love you baby
But your kind of loving just drives me crazy
When you hold me, when you kiss me
Mr. Frantic, Mr. Frantic

When you tell me that I'm your only
I feel on top of the world
If you'd only say you will
Then you'll be my only girl

We could be such a happy pair
And I promise to do my share
When you hold me, when you kiss me
Mr. Frantic, Mr. Frantic

You know that I have loved you since
The day we met in the rain
And if you were to go away now
My heart couldn't stand the pain


From about 1960, organist Reggie Dwight - then aged 13 - and his neighbour, singer and guitarist Stewart "Stu" Brown, performed with a local group, the Corvettes, in Pinner, Middlesex, a suburb of London. After that group split up, the pair formed a new group, Bluesology, with Rex Bishop (bass), and Mick Inkpen (drums). According to Dwight the band's name was in homage to the Django Reinhardt album Djangology. There had also been a 1956 piece named Bluesology by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. By 1962 they had begun playing local pubs, and in 1963 they won a regular weekly slot at the Establishment Club in London, playing tunes by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Witherspoon and Memphis Slim, among others. In 1965, they turned professional, and signed a contract with an agency which began hiring them out as a backing band for visiting American performers, including The Isley Brothers, Doris Troy, Billy Stewart and Patti LaBelle.

After recording a demo they were signed by Fontana Records, and recorded their first single, Dwight's song "Come Back Baby", in July 1965.[3] In November 1965 they released a second single, "Mr. Frantic", again written and sung by Dwight, and again unsuccessful. After a tour of Germany the band returned to England to work as the backing band for Major Lance with an expanded line-up of Dwight, Brown, Pat Higgs (trumpet), Dave Murphy (saxophone), Freddie Creasey (bass) and Paul Gale (drums).

In September 1966 the band was invited by vocalist Long John Baldry to become his regular band. Only Dwight and Brown agreed, thus forming with Baldry a new version of Bluesology, along with Fred Gandy (bass), Pete Gavin (drums), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Elton Dean (saxophone), Marc Charig (cornet), and Alan Walker (vocals), and, for a brief spell, singer Marsha Hunt.[6] As Stu Brown and Bluesology, they recorded the single "Since I Found You Baby" for Polydor Records, produced by Kenny Lynch.

As Baldry's music drifted more towards the cabaret market, Dwight became disenchanted with the band, and so simultaneously began to develop songwriting skills in collaboration with Bernie Taupin whilst working as a session musician. Dwight, Brown and Dean all quit Bluesology in late 1967, Brown's replacement being Caleb Quaye, only for the band to call it a day the following year.
Dwight used the names of fellow band members Elton Dean and John Baldry to create his new solo stage name of Elton John. Brown went on to form country rock band Cochise, playing and singing on their first two albums, Cochise and Swallow Tales, in 1970-71, before moving to the Mediterranean. Dean, Hubbard and Charig all had lengthy careers as jazz and session musicians. Gavin became a member of Heads Hands & Feet and later Vinegar Joe,and Gandy joined Caleb Quaye's band Hookfoot.[

A Bluesology compilation album, Rare Tracks, was issued by Polydor in 1975.

UK CONCERT - Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Bluesology, along with The Quotations and The Alan Price Set, appear as a support band for the only London appearance of Little Richard. At this point in time the band is: Stuart Brown: vocals; Reg Dwight: keyboards; Freddie Creasey: bass; David Murphey: sax; Chris Bateson: trumpet; and Paul Gale: drums.

Dec 1966
Long John Baldry becomes the lead singer of Bluesology.

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