Caleb Quaye Remembers His Elton John Band-mate Roger Pope (Interview #3)
To most the ultimate Elton John Band are the guys who created most of the seventies hits. That’s Elton with guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray on Bass (He died in 1992). From “Honky Chateau” in 1972 until “Captain Fantastic” in 1975 they created 12 of the 24 Top 40 hits that Elton created in the U.S. in the 70’s. Lets not forget Elton’s lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer Gus Dudgeon who where there for all that and more and percussionist Ray Cooper. That however does not tell the whole story. Guitarist Caleb Quaye was there for the first four studio albums and drummer Roger Pope was on three of those. They also both came back for both “Rock of the Westies” in 1975 and “Blue Moves” the following year. Pope died in 2013. We asked Quaye about his old friend.
Technically Roger Pope was an amazing drummer. We talked about that.
We will have more from our interview with Caleb Quaye next week. – by John Beaudin
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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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