Top of the Pops came to an end in the summer of 2006, having lost viewers to 24-hour satellite music channels. Although Christmas editions survived, calls for it to return to television screens have gone unanswered. But the history of the programme is revealed in the aforementioned book by former New Musical Express writer Patrick Humphries and A&R man turned presenter Steve Blacknell.
First out in the UK, Rock Atlas USA is now also available in America.
This guide to hundreds of music locations invites fans to visit many of the places by following the book’s detailed instructions. Or one can simply just enjoy reading the fascinating tales behind each entry--some of which pertain to the Rocket Man.
The writer is David Roberts, who will soon have another book published, Clarksdale Almanac --The Ultimate Collection of Rock Facts And Figures. David tells EJW that while there are no specific stories about Elton, he does appear a few times in lists.
Another book which was published across the pond has just been released in the U.S.
Top of the Pops 50th Anniversary was launched in England, just in time for the half-century anniversary.
Among the highlights are numerous references to Elton. For example, the composer's first TOTP appearances were as a backing musician behind Brotherhood Of Man and Pickettywitch in 1970. Seven years later, he made TOTP history when he became the first non-DJ to present the show. There are also two photos of him.