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Colin Blunstone turns down song that makes Elton debut

Thursday 19 June 2003 @ 5:23 - GMT

This recollection from Times reporter John Clarke on June 14, 2003, seems worth sharing:

Successful singer and former Zombies vocalist Colin Blunstone is touring Scandinavia with a rag-bag collection of other UK artists in the late 1960s. One of them, a bespectacled, slightly podgy session man by the name of Elton John, offers Blunstone a song that he and his new songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, had just written. Blunstone loves it but says: "Im sorry, my record company dont want any more ballads." Elton keeps the number, Your Song, for himself and includes it on his eponymous 1970 album. Released as a single, it gives him his first Top 10 hit the following year.

In such ways are careers born. More than 30 years later Blunstone is largely forgotten, while John is one of the best known and one of the richest rock artists in the world.