Elton John: My Life in 20 Songs

Cameron Crowe explores Elton's journey from Reginald Dwight to technicolored pop sensation to rehab and back
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"Empty Sky"

Empty Sky (1969)

A great rock & roll track. I love it to death. I remember doing the vocal in the stairwell to get that echo, in a very small studio in London. [Caleb Quaye's] guitar solo was done in the stairwell as well. Another song on that first record, "Skyline Pigeon," was the first good song that Bernie and I wrote. But "Empty Sky" has something magical about it. It came together so brilliantly, and still sounds so good. It's hard for a piano player to write a rock & roll song. It sounded like a Stones song. I thought, "I can do this."

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