Paula Yates & Elton John

Absolute Radio is to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road with Elton John Night.

UK radio station Absolute Radio has signed presenter Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, to host and produce a documentary on Elton John’s seminal 1973 breakthrough Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This special programme, made in partnership with Universal and featuring brand new interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin, will reveal the stories behind the making of the star’s most popular studio recording, as well as the broadcast of a rare and never-before broadcast 1973 Elton John live performance.

Colleen Murphy has radio in her DNA, with a 20-year career under her belt, which started with her own punk radio show aged 14 at High School in Mass, USA. This kick-started a fascinating career which saw Cosmo syndicating radio shows to over 250 stations throughout the States, interviewing Nirvana extensively during the ‘Nevermind’ campaign. Cosmo went onto become the protégé of New York DJs David Mancuso at The Loft and François K at Body and Soul during the 90s disco explosion, before going on to remix music for some of the most adventurous women in music including Sinead O’Connor, Chaka Khan and Bat for Lashes. This has all culminated in her founding Classic Album Sundays.

The album, considered to be the making of Elton John, is a story of how a boy from a council house in Pinner became the biggest rock star in the world through his consummate pop masterpiece – his seventh studio record.

The album has been re-mastered, and is set to be re-issued on CD, vinyl and limited-edition yellow vinyl, and in a box-set featuring a recording of Live At Hammersmith 1973, a film – Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, and a 100 page illustrated hardback packed with rare photos, memorabilia and interviews.

It will chronicle Elton and songwriting partner Taupin’s musical influences, and their own records that set the scene for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. As well as interviews with Elton and Bernie themselves, it will also feature interviews with Ed Sheeran, Fallout Boy, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B and The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis.

This programme will offer an in-depth look at one of Britain’s most iconic and enduring artists. Colleen is a talented storyteller – this, combined with an exclusive, never broadcast before live material offers a unique collaboration between Classic Album Sundays, Absolute Radio and Universal Music. – Absolute Radio Content Director Tony Moorey

Classic Album Sundays gives music fans an opportunity to experience and learn about iconic rock, pop and dance albums in a way they never have before. The show sees the featured album played in full on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi in a shared listening experience. Classic Album Sundays: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road will broadcast on Sunday the 23rd of March from 8-9pm. Between 9-10pm, Elton John: Live from Hammersmith will be broadcast exclusively for the first time ever.

Pictured: Elton John on Tyne Tees Television’s The Tube for Channel 4, with the late Paula Yates.

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