One surprise I found happened on page 29 when Elton mentions how his early singing career was influenced by Jim Reeves who he had a great deal of respect for. Along with other country artists of the day, he seemed to center on Jim and his music. On page 44, Elton states that in 1962, at the age of 15, all his pub appearances included "He'll Have To Go' as his opening act.
This is a part of Elton John's musical life I knew very little about, but I must say nice to see. This love of country music is very interesting given the genre of music he is so famous for.
Just wondering if anyone else was aware of this bit of trivia. You can go to 'you tube' and watch a 1988 video of Elton playing "Hell Have To Go", really quite well done (piano work is incredible) with Elton's style of 'southern' interpretation....
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