Throughout January, rage is going retro. As part of our nostalgic extravaganza, this weekend we’re paying homage to one of the great musical figureheads – none other than the splendid Sir Elton Hercules John.
One of the best-selling artists of all-time, Elton John has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and has had more than fifty Top 40 hits throughout his career, which spans five decades.
As part of our tribute to the piano man, we dust off episodes of Countdown, Rock Arena and GTK, as well as unearth rarities like a press conference from 1974 and a late 80s episode of The Meldrum Tapes.
Having worked together since 1967 and collaborated on over thirty albums, we also feature Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin via a Rock Arena episode from 1984.
Watch our rage Goes Retro: Elton John Special on Saturday 18th January from 11:00pm on ABC1.
The Rock Arena will probably be:
March 6 1984
A ONE HOUR MUSIC SHOW HOSTED BY GLENN SHORROCK WHO BRIEFLY INTRODUCES THE VARIOUS ARTISTS. THIS WEEKS SHOW FEATURES AN INTERVIEW WITH BERNIE TAUPIN, ELTON JOHNS SONGWRITER AND EXCERPTS FROM THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH.;ARTISTS/TITLE:;
ROCK ARENA PROMO 1 BY BERNIE TAUPIN(0.00);ROCK ARENA PROMO 2 BY BERNIE TAUPIN(0.40);ROLLING STONES 'SHE WAS HOT'(1.39);NENA '99 LUFT BALLOONS'(7.16);BRIAN MAY AND FRIENDS 'STAR FLEET'(11.01);CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ARTSISTS:;GEORGE HARRISON 'AWAITING ON YOU ALL'(16.41);BILLY PRESTON 'THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT(17.54);GEORGE HARRISON 'HERE COMES THE SUN'(18.42);DYLAN 'IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH'(19.26);GEORGE HARRISON 'MY SWEET LORD'(19.57);GLEN SHORROCK BRIEFLY TALKS ABOUT THE CARREER OF JOHN COUGAR AND INTRODUCES HIS SONGS;JOHN COUGAR 'MIAMI'(20.42);JOHN COUGAR 'JACK AND DIANNE(24.06);JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP 'PINK HOUSES'(28.21);ELTON JOHN 'I'M STILL STANDING'(37.50);GLEN SHORROCK IV WITH BERNIE TAUPIN, HE TALKS ABOUT HOW HE AND ELTON JOHN COMBINE TO CREATE THEIR SONGS AND HOW THEY STARTED WORKING TOGETHER(40.47);ELTON JOHN 'EMPTY GARDEN'(44.45);ELTON JOHN 'KISS THE BRIDE'(53.58);JO JO ZEP AND THE FALCONS 'HONEY DRIPPER'(58.20)
Elton John night, not great and Countdown repeats for sure. As far as Rock Arena, George Harrison will save Rock Arena. My Sweet Lord and Here Comes The Sun are legendary xxxxxx Bless You George +
They have aired all the Elton John Countdowns. According to Guru Bob's run sheet, the December 2 1979 episode was last aired in 1998. This is pre DVD and analogue meaning we can receive and back up in digital.
I'm definitely not a fan of Elton (though don't mind some of his songs when performed by other artists). Is it really necessary to have a 'tribute' to him while he's still walking this earth?
I don't think rage would be that silly to play a repeat these days? Maybe it's Countdown episodes that only feature him in small parts? Doesn't Elton get a look in every year?
I do like the Rock Arena episode (minus the Bangladesh stuff) and Glenn Shorrock hosting. Yay!
I hope this doesn't mean that the Saturday morning retro segment is an hour of Elton John clips.
However Jase, i doubt any of the George Harrison bits on this show will get any air time whatsoever with the Beatles embargo that has been apparent on the ABC for about the last 20 or so years, unfortunatley.
Very good point, i had never even thought about that, unless they had forgotten to edit it out? Anyway, hope you are right!
BTW - I was p i s s e d that Ferry Aid's 'Let It Be' went for only 2 minutes on the '87 Countdown.
I hope rage don't repeat the Molly and Elton episode from November '78. It was so boring/unforgettable. Jason, the Elton one from late '79 is a def. a goodin'.
I hope they play Blow Away By George. I love got My Mind Set On You.
I remember two or three years ago one of the early 80's episodes of C-down shown on rage only ran for 45 mins. Upon furher investigation there was a McCartney interview & clip cut out & from either that show or another, around the same time, All Those Years ago video had also been cut. Anyone remember that? And does anyone know why there was an embargo in the first place?
I recall the Bette Midler episode from 1980 went for about 45-48 minutes and an 81 episode.
There isnt any Beatles embargo, for a period of time the record company was asking too much for the airing of the clips so all of the material owned by Apple was being edited out of shows, that situation has now resolved itself it would appear. There are clips being played now, both with the group and solo.
One thing we must all note is that there are extensive music and other clearances that have to be arranged in order to screen any of these old Countdown episodes - the ABC, the archives section and Rage all do a great job to get that happening every January. As much as we all would like to see the screenings expanded to other ABC digital channels, given the costs involved it is unlikely to happen. The ABC cannot just dig these episodes out and play them, it is a lot more complicated than that.
Hi Brett(2)or Guru Bob,
Just questioning regarding the playlist on Saturday morning from 11am.
There are 3 songs by The Groove who were an Australian Northern Soul group from the late 1960s.
Would you know anything about the show they appeared on 'For Swingers Only'.
The first time I knew such footage even existed Dave - quite amazing. This will be a viewing highlight. There is very little known footage of The Groove in existence. Dont know anything about "For Swingers Only" either.
Thanks Dave - quite an amazing recovery. Probably the only person who may know the background to that "For Swingers Only" would be John Williams at ABC archives who helps program the January shows. I am thrilled they dug this out to play on Rage, tremendous thanks to whoever organised that.
Only 2 other pieces of Groove footage exist, "You Are the One I Love" ex Uptight, and "Relax Me" from a colour pop music film called "Popcorn" as produced by Peter Clifton.