Did you happen to catch the Emmy tribute to Elton John on TV earlier this month? John and his cowriter Bernie Taupin were honored by the Grammys and the Recording Academy to celebrate an historic music career.
The televised concert showcased today’s musicians performing some of John’s classic songs. Lady Gaga singing “Your Song.” Little Big Town singing “Rocket Man.” Ed Sheeran singing “Candle in the Wind.” Sam Smith singing “Daniel.” Kesha singing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” (Bonus points if you can answer this: when did Kesha change her name from Ke$ha?)
The artists’ renditions were so good that Leslie and I watched some of the performances for a second time! And then I went to Apple Music to see if I could download the concert. Alas, at that time, there wasn’t any “album” to purchase.
One is a little bit country, and one is a little bit rock ‘n roll.
Not to worry. Both “Restoration” and “Revamp” came out earlier this week. The albums represent a “reimagining the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.” Here’s a list of the tracks on each album:
Bennie and The Jets – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
We All Fall In Love Sometimes – Coldplay
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Alessia Cara
Candle In The Wind – Ed Sheeran
Tiny Dancer – Florence And The Machine
Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Mumford and Sons
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Mary J. Blige
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – The Killers
Daniel – Sam Smith
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Miley Cyrus
Your Song – Lady Gaga
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Queens of the Stone Age
Rocket Man – Little Big Town
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – Maren Morris
Sacrifice – Don Henley and Vince Gill
Take Me To The Pilot – Brothers Osborne
My Father’s Gun – Miranda Lambert
I Want Love – Chris Stapleton
Honky Cat – Lee Ann Womack
Roy Rogers – Kacey Musgraves
Please – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
The Bitch Is Back – Miley Cyrus
Sad Songs (Say So Much) – Dierks Bentley
This Train Don’t Stop – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
Border Song – Willie Nelson
I remember when Elton John first became popular in the U.S. five decades ago. Funky glasses and clothing, we had never seen anyone like him before. And as John Legend remarked on the TV special, “Elton John made it cool to be a piano player.” I enjoy his music now as much as I did in the 70s. What about you?