Nigel Olsson Reflects on 50 Years of Playing Drums for Elton John
Olsson backed Elton John on his first album back in 1969 and he’ll be behind the kit for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
Elton John was just a shy, gawky 22-year-old struggling pianist/songwriter when drummer Nigel Olsson first laid eyes on him. It was early 1969 and John was a staff songwriter for Dick James’ DJM Records, desperately trying to write songs for the likes of Lulu, Roger Cook and the Eurovision Song Contest along with his lyricist Bernie Taupin. “I would hang around the Dick James office,” recalls Olsson. “And if Elton was cutting a demo and needed a drummer he’d say to me, ‘Hey, would you come back into the studio and help me out with a couple of things?'”
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