Reginald Dwight may have had dreams of someday getting out of his north London suburban life, playing piano in a rock’n’roll band, and making a decent living. And he was well on his way to realizing those modest aspirations when he recorded his first song with his first band – Bluesology – in 1965. ‘Come Back Baby‘ wasn’t a hit – not even nearly – but it may have helped raise a few pints in the local pubs. And yet – Reggie was just months away from answering a newspaper ad – the same one a lyricist named Bernie Taupin had also answered.
That’s how they met – pure luck – and good chemistry, and the energetic drive of two young men, eager to take on the world. Within a few years, a most incredible pop superstar career was underway with hit records, and sold-out tours. Looking back on it now – Sir Elton John has sold over 300 million records, amassed personal fortunes, lost them and regained them. He’s won virtually every award and he’s even found the love of his life. Life now – approaching 75 – is very good. I’ll play ten amazing songs by Elton John including that primitive first record, several of his classics, and his most recent worldwide smash that continues a hit-streak that’s ensured Elton is the all-time top-ranked solo male vocalist in Billboard Hot 100 history. He’s right behind #1 ranked Beatles and #2 ranked Madonna.
I’ll also salute two Canadians with upcoming birthdays: John McDermott and Roch Voisine. In the show’s first hour ‘This Week in Zoomer Music‘ I’ll take you back 70 years, to the first ‘rock’n’roll concert’ which the legendary Alan Freed nicknamed ‘The Moondog Coronation Ball‘ this week in 1952. Plus the weddings of John and Yoko and Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley, and ‘The Story Behind the Song’ ‘Wannabe’. Don’t look now, but it’s been 25 years since The Spice Girls broke through with their first hit, giving us ‘girl power’. That’s all on this Sunday’s ‘Vintage Favourites’ from 2:00 to 4:30 (March 20).