THE FIRST TIME WITH... SIR ELTON JOHN (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 9th February 2018
Sir Elton John shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.
He's sold more than 250 million records worldwide, holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time and is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, just behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
In an interview recorded as he prepared to release his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night, he looks back at his early ragtime influences and how that grew to become an obsession with playing piano and listening to albums. He also talks us through some of the remarkable musical moments in his life - such as performing with John Lennon at his last ever show and staging Nina Simone's final concert. He also discusses how music helped him through his battle with drug addiction, his appetite for new music and his obsessive love for Blur, John Grant and New Order and whether he'll ever play the Glastonbury Festival.
Elton John - Rocket Man [Mercury/Universal]
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Alberto Semprini Et Son Orchestre - Kitten On The Keys
Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop [EMI]
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite [Charly]
Winifred Atwell - Hamp's Boogie Woogie [London]
John Grant - Sweet Painted Lady [Mercury]
Elton John - Your Song (Live) [Rocket]
Tupac & Elton John - Ghetto Gospel [Interscope]
Elton John - Take Me To The Pilot [DJM]
Elton John & John Lennon - Whatever Gets You Through The Night [Rocket]
Nina Simone - Here Comes The Sun [Verve]
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express [Capitol]
Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations
Elton John - Levon [Mercury]
Blur - My Terracotta Heart [Parlophone]
Elton John - Bennie & The Jets [Rocket]
Elton John/Bernie Taupin - Guilty Pleasure [Virgin]