Guitarist Caleb Quaye has always been a big Elton John fan but it doesn’t mean he has to like every song Captain Fantastic has ever released. When Elton asked him to come back into the fold in 1975 there was one song that he was not interested in playing.

Caleb Quaye Rejoined The Elton John Band On One Condition in the 70’s (Interview #5)

As we’ve mentioned in previous videos, in this series, Caleb Quaye was a big part of the Elton John band for the first four studio albums and two from the mid-seventies that most Elton fans know about “Rock of the Westies” in 1975 and “Blue Moves” from 1976. Before those two Elton released one of his most highly acclaimed albums, “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.” It was an autobiographical account of the early days of Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. After it’s release, to everyone’s surprise, Elton fired longtime drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray. That’s when Caleb Quaye got the call to come back but he only joined on one condition.

FYI Olsson has been back with Elton for quite a few years now. Dee Murray came back in the 80’s but died in 1992. Davey Johnstone and Ray Cooper are also in the fold.

We will have more from our interview with Caleb Quaye next week. – by John Beaudin


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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