Did you know that Elton did backing vocals on a 1968 chart-topper? This was for the Scaffold's Lily of the Pink, which hit #1 that Christmas, according to a new biography by Chris Roberts.
Of course, the focus is on the star's own material. Each album is noted, along with information like key personnel and chart positions. That includes the performer's shortest LP, Victim of Life. It was atypical in that the former Reg Dwight didn't compose the songs or play keyboards, opting instead to just provide vocals. Another release--which Elton later called one of his favourites--was Blue Moves. The writer considers it to be the opposite of another double set, the more lively Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Blues Moves did produce a hit, Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word. Then 26 years later, the tune hit #1 in Britain, thanks to a duet with the boy band Blue. Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word was heard again in a 2015 cat food commercial.
There's also a good deal about the musician's relationships, personal and professional. The sections on Bernie Taupin--as well as the history behind their birthplaces--are among the most engrossing.
There are over 100 other reasons to check out Rocket Man--the photos, a number of which haven't been previously published. Others have not been widely released. They include: Elton celebrating with Kiki Dee; posing with his pet rabbit; recording videos for The Fox; performing in drag alongside Kylie Minogue; hanging out in the dressing rooms at Watford as well as backstage at Wembley Stadium with Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael; accompanying Rod and Alan Stewart in Paris; and combing through stacks of fan mail. There's also a shot of the singer's incredibly realistic waxwork being prepped at Madame Tussaud's in New York.
The American and British editions will be published on the 29th of October. To pre-order, go to