The Captain and the Kid
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Elton John has just completed his 44th album, due to be released on 18 September 2006 and it's characteristically ambitious. 'The Captain and the Kid' is Elton and Bernie's all-new, autobiographical update of the classic 1975 album that documented their experiences to that point, 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'.
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The original 'Captain Fantastic' was the first album ever to debut on the Billboard chart at No.1. The new album will seize the momentum of Elton's acclaimed albums of the new century, 2004's 'Peachtree Road' and 2001's multi-platinum selling 'Songs From The West Coast,' records that saw his creative spirit and span reaching new levels.
Reginald Kenneth Dwight first sat at the piano at the age of four and won a part-time scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music when he was 11. In 1967 Elton finally met the young lyricist Bernie Taupin, with whom he wrote, at first, by mail.
Meanwhile, as a complement to his myriad new endeavours, the artist's illustrious song catalogue exerts a tremendous influence on contemporary popular culture. The filmmaker Cameron Crowe immortalised 'Tiny Dancer' in his fictional rockumentary, 'Almost Famous,' and another John-Taupin song from the early 1970s, 'Indian Sunset' from 1971's 'Madman Across The Water,' became the basis of a posthumous No.1 for rapper 2Pac in June 2005, and Elton's seventh UK No.1 in total.