three September 2019, 11:42

Sir Elton John features on new Royal Mail stamp collection
Sir Elton John options on new Royal Mail stamp assortment.

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Elton’s unbelievable profession has earned him a stamp of approval as a brand new assortment of Royal Mail stamps pay tribute to a few of his most iconic dwell performances and best-selling albums.

It has been introduced right this moment that pop legend and piano extraordinaire, Sir Elton John, options on a brand new assortment of Royal Mail stamps to rejoice his spectacular contribution to music.

Twelve stamps are being launched in whole, eight of which is able to embrace pictures of his hottest album covers and one other 4 to mark his memorable dwell performances throughout 5 a long time.

It’s an enormous honour for the 72-year-old singer-songwriter, who is barely the second particular person music artist in historical past to obtain the popularity.

He follows iconic ‘Starman’, David Bowie, who was the inspiration behind a group of ten stamps launched in March 2017, which celebrated 4 excursions and 6 albums – together with Hunky Dory, Heroes and Blackstar.

For Sir Elton’s stamps, his 1972 breakthrough file, Honky Château (which featured the hit monitor, ‘Rocket Man’), Goodbye Yellow Brick Highway (1973) and the 1975 basic, Captain Incredible and the Brown Grime Cowboy (with the duvet designed by Versace), are among the many albums featured.

The Royal Mail’s collection of Elton John stamps
The Royal Mail’s assortment of Elton John stamps.

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The gathering additionally illustrates the album covers for Caribou (1974), which discovered its fame with ‘Don’t Let The Solar Go Down On Me’, Sleeping with the Previous (1989) and Songs from the West Coast (2001).

And simply to show how a lot of a piano taking part in legend he actually is, there are additionally 4 stamps accessible in a miniature sheet devoted solely to his dwell exhibits.

These embrace highlights from his performances at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973, Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium in 1975, the Diamond Jubilee Live performance at London’s Buckingham Palace in 2012, in addition to his Farewell Yellow Brick Highway tour at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard in 2018.

Four miniatures feature Elton John’s live performances
4 miniatures characteristic Elton John’s dwell performances.

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The English star, who was knighted in 1998, mentioned: “To say I used to be shocked when Royal Mail received in contact is an understatement.

“By no means did I feel I would seem on a stamp…! It’s great, an excellent honour.”

Philip Parker, Head of Stamp Technique at The Royal Mail, added: “Elton is without doubt one of the most profitable British solo artists of all time. He has recorded among the best-known songs in pop historical past reminiscent of ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Rocket Man’.

New Elton John stamp featuring the album cover for Caribou
New Elton John stamp that includes the album cowl for Caribou.

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“Our stamps issued right this moment showcase a few of his most iconic albums, and rejoice his unbelievable musical contribution.”

It appears 2019 is actually a major 12 months for the multi-award-winning singer and pianist, with the musical biopic, Rocketman, additionally having been launched in Might.

The brand new stamp assortment is that can be purchased at Royal Mail now.

Congratulations, Sir Elton!



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