Elton John’s debut album, “Empty Sky” wasn’t released in North America until 1975. It was squeezed in between his first “Greatest Hits” album and “Captain Fantastic.” Up until 1975 many North American fans thought the Elton John LP from 1970 was his debut. It didn’t help that it was self which was a trend for first albums in the seventies.
Caleb Quaye played on “Empty Sky” from 1969, as well as the ‘Elton John” album and Tumbleweed Connection, the soundtrack to “Friends,” and ‘Madman Across The Water.” He then he came back for “Rock of the Westies” and “Blue Moves” in the mid-seventies.
In our exclusive chat with Caleb Quaye I asked him if the production size and effort from “Empty Sky” in 69 to “Elton John” was that noticeable?
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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