A producer whose career began after an unexpected encounter with Elton has died.
Steve Brown, who was in his sixties, had been ill after falling at his home last month.
Steve met Elton in the early 1970s. He was a teenager working at a petrol station when the pop luminary drove up.
”Being the shy retiring type, I asked him if he wanted any help with his career!” he told the Muzines Web site.
Something about the young man appealed to Elton since he advised giving his manager, John Reid, a call. That led to a job as a drum roadie. He then went on to become a tape op in a studio alongside his school friend, Steve Lillywhite, who became a successful producer. Brown did, too, going on to do jobs with Wham!, The Cult, ABC, Freddie Mercury, Alison Moyet, and the Manic Street Preachers.
Steve helped start the Drive Foundation, a Canadian charity dedicated to helping people recovering from or currently battling mental illness and addiction issues. He’s survived by his wife Jacky and their two sons, Max and Luke.
Aficionados may recall another Steve Brown, who was a producer and mentor for Elton. They recorded the Empty Sky album together, and Steve later worked with Kiki Dee and Ralph McTell.
He died in 2017 at the age of 72.
Upon hearing the sad news, Elton wrote on Instagram: ”It’s impossible to put into words the amazing man that he was. My prayers and thoughts to his loved ones. Thanks for everything.”