October 30, 2019 – Ray Williams had accomplished much before discovering Elton John and introducing him to songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. As a teen, he was a huge music fan who got his start via Cathy McGowen and the “Ready Steady Go” TV variety show in England. In this clip, he talks about just a few of the industry folk and musicians that he worked with before discovering Elton (who went by his real name Reg Dwight back then). The list includes former Beatles publicity man Brian Sommerville, musicians like Tommy Roe, Sonny and Cher, The Kinks, Jeff Lynne and Idle Race and many more.
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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 newsman 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 ’80s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two versions (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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