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Music Veterans Release Memoirs

Written by Chief Editor.

In October, the paperback version of Me is coming out, and it will contain a brand new chapter.

The Rocket Man's name comes up in a couple of new books as well. One is called Nick of Time: My Life and Career: All on The Record. It's by Nick Hampton, an Englishman who used to be the managing director of EMI Australia in the eighties, and his recollections involve acts like Petula Clark; Johnny Cash; Andy Williams; Vera Lynn; Tony Bennett; the Kinks; Donovan; and Elton. 
As for the latter, the publisher tells EJW that Nick and the former Reg Dwight didn't really know each other on a personal basis. However, he did know Long John Baldry and refers to Elton's Bluesology background in the book. He also mentions the pop vocalist's time with Dick James and his use of EMI's recording studio in Sydney.
In The Sanest Guy in the Room, Don Black remembers the time two young songwriters came to see him. Elton and Bernie Taupin weren't happy with their then manager Dick James, and asked if he would represent them. 
Don turned them down, explaining he was too busy and that his client, Matt Monro, took up a great deal of his time. The award-winning lyricist shared the story on one of his radio broadcasts, adding, ''Can you imagine how much bigger they would have been if I took them on?''
Each week, Black celebrates the iconic songwriters of the 20th century, their compositions, and the artists who performed them on BBC Radio 2. On the second of August, he paid tribute to Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart and Elton. In the case of Rod and Elton, he opted to play Makin' Whoopee, which appeared on Stewart's 2005 album The Great American Songbook Vol. IV.
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