Elton John

March 24, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

Sir Elton John is one of the best-known musicians in the world, but that wasn’t always so. Paul McGowan had a chance in the early 1970s at the start of his career to both launch the world premiere of his then-new song, Rocket Man, as well as spend time with the musical legend. Pulled from Paul’s archives of rock star interviews he conducted in Munich Germany, this is one you don’t want to miss.

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15 comments on “Elton John”

      1. Yeah, sorry about that. Back then I used a hand held microphone and a Nagra tape recorder and for some reason I got too close to the mic. I probably should have redone my questions in today’s voice but felt this to be a more accurate version of what actually happened that many years ago.

  1. Great interview Paul! You wrote about still having the 2-track tape of “Rocket Man” that Elton gave you. I’m curious about the source of the other musical excerpts included, which sound terrific. Were they included in the original broadcast, or added just for this podcast, or were modern digital versions dubbed in place of the originals (if they had been included in the original broadcast) for the podcast? I didn’t notice any vinyl/acetate pops or tics, or tape hiss!

  2. First class interview! I’m glad you left your original audio. The small sound glitches do not take away from the interview at all. I’m really impressed with how centered Elton seems. A great moment was memorialized.

  3. Very nice Paul – – Have you or anyone here have a copy of the LP – 11-17-70 ? Elton on piano with only bass and drums recorded in a small venue with a live audience. Excellent early Elton.

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