There are been more than a few underrated musician in the history of Rock and Roll and these are usually the musicians who don’t have their name on the front of an album cover. Former Elton John band members Caleb Quaye (guitar) and Roger Pope (drums) are certainly on the list that should get more recognition. Pope died in 2013 and we have his old friend Caleb praising those amazing drumming skills.
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Caleb Quaye Remembers Roger Pope and Hookfoot
It was the first album I ever bought and I have still have that exact copy. It was Elton John’s 4th studio album and the like it’s predecessors was moody, symphonic and brilliant. It also contained two signature songs from that era “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon.” It would be guitarist Caleb Quaye’s last album with Elton until “Rock of the Westies” four years later.
The band Hookfoot also featured another Elton alumni drummer Roger Pope
Let’s remember even though Hookfoot didn’t become a household name in England they certainly had a reputation.
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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