As mentioned previously, there is a new book by Keith Hayward about Elton which focuses on two stars. One is the rocker and his rise from jobbing songwriter to the breakthrough gigs at California's Troubadour club in 1970.
The other is Tin Pan Alley itself. Denmark Street, in London's West End, was home to Britain's music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers and the composers who needed to sell them their songs to survive. Elton and Bernie Taupin found themselves in exactly this position before success came knocking.
EJW now has two copies of Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John to give away. Each is a limited edition hardback.
Just answer the question, 'What was the name of the pub that the singer, then known as 'Reg,' played in during his early years?
One entry per person will be accepted, and this competition, which ends on the first of August, is open to fans worldwide.
In related news, Keith says that he is currently the manager of Roger Pope, a drummer who was once in Elton's band.
Pope has been working with Martyn Ford (who arranged Blue Moves for Elton), on a project called 2020 Vision and he played drums on a single called New Beginning with the Georgie Cullum Band. The song was produced by Martyn and was written by Thao Nguyen and mixed at Universal Music Studios in LA. This is not on general release but if anyone wants to buy a copy to hear what Martyn and Roger are up to it, they are invited to contact Keith through his Facebook page.