02 September 2019
Royal Mail have announced that they are issuing a set of twelve Special Stamps to celebrate the music and career of Elton John
This year sees the 50th anniversary of his first album and, as he continues his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton becomes only the second individual music artist to have a dedicated stamp issue.
Eight stamps showcase some of Elton’s albums:
- Honky Château
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
- Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
- Sleeping With The Past
- The One
- Made In England
- Songs From The West Coast.
On each of the 'album' stamps, he arc of the vinyl record appears from the right-hand side of each album cover.
Completing the set, four stamps, presented in a Miniature Sheet, show Elton in action performing live across five decades:
- Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1973
- Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, 1975
- Diamond Jubilee Concert, Buckingham Palace, London, 2012
- Madison Square Garden, New York, 2018
Elton John, said:
“To say I was surprised when Royal Mail got in touch, is an understatement. Never did I think I’d appear on a stamp…! It’s wonderful, a great honour.”
Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said:
“Elton is one of the most successful British solo artists of all time. He has recorded some of the best-known songs in pop history such as Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man. Our stamps issued today showcase some of his most iconic albums, and celebrate his fantastic musical contribution.”
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