Elton John: The Early Years
Music Producer Extraordinaire Stuart Epps Takes Us on a Personal Journey into the Making of a Music Legend
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Stuart Epps Audio Book Release: Elton John – Part 1: The Early Years 1967-1970
2018 has marked many milestones for legendary musician Sir Elton John. Among them he has embarked on a three-year ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour that will take him around the globe and celebrates 50 years with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. His career has weathered torrential storms and the highest of highs – most notably a Knighthood, countless Number One selling albums, the biggest selling single in the history of music (1997’s charity single Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight), and millions of adoring fans. If you’re like me you’ve wondered about the beginning of his monumental rise to legendary status and the people who helped make it happen.
As a record producer and engineer, Stuart Epps is one of the top elite in the music business. His ‘official’ music journey began in 1967 (at the age of 15) with Dick James Music, the Beatles first publisher, as an office boy. From there he worked his way up to disc cutter/tape engineer, assistant engineer, then engineer. Working with such legendary acts as Led Zeppelin, George Harrison, Robbie Williams, Bad Company and even Twisted Sister, it is his association with a young Reg Dwight (later known as Elton John) that brings us here today.
Stuart Epps latest endeavor is personal audio account of the formidable years of Elton’s career, starting in 1967 with his first recordings. The audio book Elton John – Part 1: The Early Years 1967-1970, is the story of the legendary performer from a man who was in the front row from the beginning. Epps audio tale (spoken by Epps himself) is a journey like no other. His recollections of recording sessions, early gigs, Elton meeting Bernie Taupin for the first time, to be beginning of the Tumbleweed Connection era is not only fascination but have probably never been told – at least not in this manner. It is a conversation between Epps and the listener that makes this audio book appealing and enthralling. Taking pages from his “red book,” Epps shares his insight from the pre-Empty Sky sessions, the musicians and industry people who instinctively knew John was going to change music, and his road to legend status.
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