TIN PAN ALLEY: The Rise of Elton John

TIN PAN ALLEY: The Rise of Elton John

KEITH HAYWARD    Book Number: 83349    Product format: Paperback

With his very heavy spectacles and dodgy haircuts, but unique singer song writing talent, someone in Denmark Street Soho spotted the talent of Reg Dwight. Not just about the emergence of one of Britain's most accomplished musicians, the book is a history of the music business and London's Tin Pan Alley as Denmark Street was affectionally known, during the 1960s and 70s, told through the early career of Elton John. It was a time when the culture, fashion and fads will never again be repeated. Space had always been at a premium in Denmark Street, home of most of the music publishers and agencies and even some of the secretaries' desks were located in the corridors. The author worked there in the late spring of 1954 and opted for full time music journalism and moved from Record Mirror to Disc. The Alley was as famous for its characters as its songs and the local watering holes in nearby Charing Cross Road were essential facilities for the thirsty music business. The book if effectively an oral history using interviews conducted over two years with just about every musician, producer, sound engineer, manager and key figure that worked with Reg Dwight before and when he was Elton John, both in America and Britain up to 1970 and their unwitting part in his rise to fame. The book is primarily about the man's music. It is a world filled with sharp but often surprisingly generous publishers, hustling songwriters and colourful characters before Elton John and Bernie Taupin cut their teeth and includes interviews with ex-band mates such as Caleb Quaye and Roger Pope, former manager Ray Williams, lyricists Gary Osborne and Bill Martin and music publisher Stephen James. They all shed light on a lost musical world. 214pp in large softback, illus.
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ISBN 9780957144200
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