Elton John Tribute Act Audio
The Music of Sir Elton John is incredible and I wanted to respect Elton’s voice and music when I set up the Elton John Tribute Act.
It took over 2 years of painstaking work learning mannerisms, voice, piano playing technique, and little nuances to respectfully give an authentic tribute to Sir Elton John.
Please take a moment to listen to some studio recordings as well as a BBC Interview I gave.
Each studio recording below features a few notes about the origin of the songs.
-Kevin (Elite Elton)
BBC Radio Interview
BBC Radio Scotland Interview
This is one of my favourite interviews I have ever given.
I was booked to go to Windsor on the day before the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan.
I turned up at Windsor Castle and had to give dozens of interviews with TV and Radio Stations around the World, pictures from Reuters, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The New York Times, a bit of fun really as Sir Elton Lives in Windsor.
I was standing on the famous ‘Long Walk’ (Long Walk also appears on the cover of Elton John Single Man Album)
I was directly standing outside the castle gates giving more interviews when about 40 local school children started screaming ‘It’s Elton John’ NOT FOR FUN, FOR REAL!’
It caused many Paparazzi and crowds to completely surround me and want pictures.
Because there was several Paparazzi there, people convinced themselves I was the real Elton!
It became out of control and I asked the Royal Guards to let me through the private gates because I was being squashed.
I ended up trying to climb over the Royal Palace gates because of the chaos – not easy when wearing Elton John platform boots!
It was scary, crazy and only a very tiny glimpse of what it must be like for the great man himself, Sir Elton John.
Even though it was pretty scary at the time it was a great day and i enjoyed the atmosphere of everybody looking forward to the Royal Wedding.
This interview was filmed on the same day before the Long Walk incident outside the actual place Elton John got married, an interesting, fun interview and a premonition of things to come later that afternoon.
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
“I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” music and lyrics written by Elton John, Davey Johnson and Bernie Taupin
Top 5 Hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tells the story of two 1950’s-era young lovers who are separated when the man is forced to leave for National Service, depicting the trials and tribulations he experiences there, and then are finally reunited at the end of the song.
It was filmed in the Rivoli Ballroom in London and is marked as one of the few times John has been filmed or videotaped without wearing his trademark glasses.
Candle In The Wind
“Candle in the Wind” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
The best selling single in the world since records began.
Originally written in memory to Marilyn Monroe but later performed at the funeral of Princess Diana.
“Candle in the Wind” has sold over 33,000,000 singles worldwide, spent 14 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Charts in the U.S and No.1 in several Countries around the World.
I’m Still Standing
“I’m Still Standing” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
During the shoot for the video, Elton John came across Duran Duran.
He complained he was exhausted at having been up since 4 o’clock in the morning.
Simon Le Bon decided John should have a Martini. “So I did,” John later recalled, “I had six.”
Andy Taylor from Duran Duran wrote:
“There were lots of celebrities around in Cannes and one day we discovered that Elton John was in town, filming the video for his song I’m Still Standing.
We we went up to see him at his hotel and spent the afternoon getting blasted on Martinis. We decided it would be a laugh to get him drunk and we were slinging the drinks down him ‘Ooh, you are lovely boys,’ he screeched, loving every minute of it. It was a great party.”
The next morning, John awoke with a hangover and wandered into his personal assistant’s room—which was “levelled”—and asked him “What happened?” His assistant laughed: “You happened!”
“Your Song” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Taupin mentioned “I scribbled the lyric down on a lined notepad at the kitchen table of Elton’s mother’s apartment in the London suburb of Northwood Hills, breakfast time sometime in 1969. That’s it. Plain and simple.”
John Lennon recalled, “I remember hearing Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, heard it in America—it was one of Elton’s first big hits—and remember thinking, ‘Great, that’s the first new thing that’s happened since The Beatles happened.’
The Bitch is Back
“The Bitch is Back” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
The idea to create the song was inspired not by John or Taupin directly, but rather by Bernie Taupin’s wife at the time, Maxine Feibelman would say, “The Bitch is Back,” when John was in a bad mood.
Taupin then wrote the lyrics. Later, Elton would comment: “It is kind of my theme song.” Dusty Springfield is one of the backing vocalists on the studio version of the song
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
The song entered the Charts in 1974 and also found further success in 1991 in a live cover version recorded as a duet between Elton John and George Michael which reached number one in the UK and US.
The chorus of the song features backing vocals members of The Beach Boys
“Blue Eyes” music and lyrics written by Elton John and Gary Osbourne
Filmed On Bondi Beach, Australia and reached No.1 in The Adult Contempory Chart.
Dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor with her famous Blues Eyes
The exact location is at the most easterly point of Marks Park, Tamarama, where a low, sandstone turret rests on the top of the cliffs and overlooks the Tasmin Sea. The white grand piano was positioned right in the middle of the turret.
BBC Three Counties Interview With Justin Dealey
I had a great time promoting the new “Rocketman” Movie, and was delighted to be interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio by Justin Dealey.
Radio Kent Interview
This is my favorite interview. Had a lovely repoire with the lady broadcaster interviewing me. She asked some intriguing questions and had a wonderful style in extracting information while letting the interview flowed naturally. Extracting information probably is not the right term, sounds like in a dark room! But she was wonderful and a delight to chat to.
Radio Jackie Interview
I had to walk down the main road of Tolworth dressed in all my costume and feathers to go to the interview. Many passersby thinking what is Elton John doing in Tolworth. This was to give an interview as I had been announced to appear at the finals of the Music Tribute Awards