On Friday, Wessex Auction Rooms is selling a trove of music memorabilia.
This includes some rare Elton John material. . . .
In 1968, Elton was an office boy at Mills Music, but it wasn't long before he became a session musician on demos of tracks written by the company's artists. Among these was Annabella, written by Val Avon and Richard Spiro, and later released by Cliff Richard under the name 'Annabella Umbrella.' The unreleased Mills Music Publishing acetate also features Elton, along with Tina Charles, on another Avon/Spiro track, Don't Move Away, covered later by Cliff and Olivia Newton-John.
Another lot has a recording called Woman. Like the other two previously mentioned songs, Elton sings and plays piano. But according to the auction notes, the other side features a different vocalist, although it's believed that the former Reg Dwight is playing the organ on it.
There's also a double sided acetate called Friend Of Mine/Here's To You. Side 1 has Elton singing and playing piano. But on the other track, while the performer tickles the ivories, he duets with another unknown male singer.