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Johnnie Walker Meets Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin20171112

Johnnie meets two of the greatest composers in modern music Sir Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Johnnie Walker meets two of the greatest composers in modern music - Sir Elton John and his lifelong friend and collaborator Bernie Taupin - as they celebrate 50 years of working together.

In 1967 they both answered the same advertisement looking for songwriters in the NME in London. Bernie travelled down from his home in Lincolnshire to lodge with Elton's family in Pinner. They failed the subsequent audition, but have gone on to create more than 30 albums together, and multimillion selling songs including Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Your Song and I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.

At his 60th Birthday Madison Square Garden Concert, Elton told the audience that without Taupin there probably wouldn't be an Elton John.

Bernie talks about how proud he is that Elton calls him the brother he never had, the excitement of the early years on the road and their world conquering golden years and being part of the band, even though he never played an instrument on stage. He also describes how much he enjoys their collaborations and his love for Americana in all forms.

Elton talks about the freshness he feels both performing Bernie's timeless lyrics and composing new material with him. They both talk about the meaning and the creation of many of their signature songs.

Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time with Candle In The Wind. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Johnnie Walker meets... the BBC's Pop Pioneers20170919

"Johnnie relives the early days of BBC pop broadcasting with fellow pirates and pioneers.

Johnnie relives the early days of BBC radio pop broadcasting with fellow pirates who left the high seas for Portland Place - Keith Skues, Emperor Rosko and Tony Blackburn alongside former Radio 1 controller and opening morning producer Johnny Beerling, David Symonds and current Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale.

Johnnie will also pay tribute to the first voice on Radio 2 - Paul Hollingdale, who sadly passed away recently. You'll also hear archive clips from the opening morning on both stations, shows from the period like Top Gear and Junior Choice and songs that were making the charts in the summer of love.

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