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26 Jun 2010

1968: Sgt. Zippo's Chronology

March, 1

Elton released his first record, "I've Been Loving You", on Phillips label, but did not chart. Top of the pops's article asked "Who's the star?" because it was given equally credit to "Bernard" Taupin, the writer, and Caleb Quaye, the producer, and Elton himself: "it's about time the men behind the discs had more credit" added.


Elton started recording demonstration versions of newly written songs under Dick James Music label, as well others publishing companies. Some Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway compositions were included.

May, 7

Elton played his last Bluesology gig in Scotland. On the way home, he adopted officially the "Elton John" name, taking "Elton" from Elton Dean and "John" from Long John Baldry.

June, 7

Elton announced close friends his wedding with Linda Woodrow and would take place at Uxbridge registry office, followed by a reception at 30a Frome Court.

June, 16

Elton cancelled his wedding plans.

October, 28

Elton recorded three tracks: “Lady Samantha”, “Across The Havens” and “Skyline Pigeon”, abetted by a studio group comprising guitarist Caleb Quayle, session bass player Boots Slade and Malcolm Tomlinson on drums. The three songs were played on BBC’s Stuart Henry Show the following week.

November, 27

Guest appearance on "John Peel's Night Ride" at the BBC London Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by Pete Carr, he debuted songs from his next album: "Lady What's Tomorrow", "Val Hala", "First Episode At Hienton" and "The Scaffold", along with an unreleased song "Digging My Grave".

December, 2

Elton, as part of the "Bread And Beer Band" recorded "The Dick Barton Theme (The Devil's Gallup)" at EMI Studios, Abbey Road.

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