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Looking Back on The Careers of Del And Barry

Written by Chief Editor.

Earlier this month, this Web site reported on the passing of Del Newman, who worked with Elton, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, and Peter Frampton, among others.

Nigel Olsson paid homage on his Facebook page, writing: ''We are saddened to report that the great Del Newman, who arranged 6 songs on Elton's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the horns on Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, has passed away.''
Another contributor to one of Elton's early albums has also died. Barry St. John did background vocals for three tracks on Madman Across The Water: Tiny Dancer, Holiday Inn, and Rotten Peaches.
The 76-year-old's real name was Eliza Janet Thomson, and she was a Scottish singer who had a #47 hit in the UK Singles Chart in December 1965 with Come Away Melinda.
While it was her only solo chart success, Barry was in demand as a session singer in the sixties and seventies.
Before ''Madman,'' she assisted Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry. Later credits included Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Andy Fairweather Low's La Booga Rooga. She can also be heard on the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack and on David Coverdale's solo album, White Snake.
Barry, who left music to become a legal assistant, retired in 2007 after suffering a small stroke, followed by the removal of a kidney.
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