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Elton John and Leon Russel On World Cafe | May 06, 2011 |

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From his start with the band Bluesology in 1961, multi-award winner Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) has time and time again proven himself to be one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of our day. Rising to international fame by the 1970's with the hit "Your Song," Elton has since released an overwhelming number of studio albums, many of which have climbed their way to the top of the charts. In the '90s, he expanded his career to encompass solo studio albums, collaborations, Broadway compositions (Billy ElliotAida), movie scoring (The Lion King), and charity foundations (Elton John AIDS Foundation). His contributions to music and charity did not go unnoticed; in 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1998, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him as Sir Elton Hercules John.

 
John added to his legacy last year with The Union, which he made with Leon Russell. Russell, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, has built a strong career as a session musician, solo songwriter and collaborator. He has worked with a long list of top artists, covering everything from pure rock to blues and gospel. His resume of albums date as as far back as the late '60s.

The two Hall of Famers sit down with World Cafe guest host Michaela Majoun for a special, in-depth interview. (link)
 
Playlist - HOUR ONE
 
Elton John "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" Tumbleweed Connection
Elbow "Open Arms" Build a Rocket Boys
Andrew Bird "Fitz and Dizzyspells" Noble Beast
Elton John & Leon Russell "The Best Part of the Day" The Union
Elton John & Leon Russell "In the Hands of Angels" The Union
Elton John & Leon Russell "There's No Tomorrow" The Union
The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" Barton Hollow
Amos Lee "Windows Are Rolled Down" Mission Bell
Robbie Robertson "When the Night Was Young" How to Become Clairvoyant
Jerry Lee Lewis "Wild One" 18 Original Greatest Hits
 
Playlist - HOUR TWO
 
Elvis Costello "This Year's Girl" This Years Model
The Smithereens "Sorry" 11
The Hold Steady "Constructive Summer" Stay Positive
The Who "Eminence Front" It's Hard
The Mountain Goats "Birth of Serpents" All Eternals Deck
Warpaint "Undertow" The Fool
Seatrain "I'm Willin'" Seatrain
Little Feat "Rocket in My Pocket" Time Loves a Hero
Hayes Carll "Kmag Yoyo" Kmag Yoyo
Foster the People "Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People EP
Flash & the Pan "Hey St. Peter" New Wave Hits Vol. 1
Teddy Thompson "Looking for a Girl" Bella
Girls "Lust for Life" Girls
The Pogues "The Ghost of a Smile" Hell's Ditch