Sir Elton John describes friendship with John Lennon as ‘whirlwind romance’


Elton has opened up on his friendship with John Lennon (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Sir Elton John has opened up on his friendship with the late John Lennon, describing it as a ‘whirlwind romance’.

The musical legends instantly connected when they first met in 1973, and stuck up a close bond.

John was tragically murdered in 1980 at the age of 40, when Mark David Chapman shot him outside of his New York apartment.

The Beatles singer would have turned 80 in just a few days had he still been alive, with BBC Radio 2 marking the occasion with a series of interviews from those who knew John well.

Speaking live on air to John’s son and his godson, Sean Ono Lennon, Elton recalled their budding friendship: ‘That was the kind of wonderful two or three year whirlwind romance we had and it was such an important thing in my life, Sean, and it just really helped me.’

Sean responded: ‘I’ve read that my dad, when he first head your voice he was in America I think already, and he was thinking that’s the first new kind of British singing that he really liked and dug.

‘I think he said that he loved your music and the songs and he liked the song, Your Song.’

John joined Elton on stage for his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in 1974 (Picture: Rex)

Later detailing the moment they met, Elton continued: ‘Your dad was as kind and as generous and sweet and we just hit it off immediately.

‘He was so funny, that’s what I loved about him. We talked about music and we talked about records we loved.’

Elton, 73, and John subsequently spent a lot of time together after they met, with Elton even playing piano and providing harmony vocals on John’s fifth studio album Wall & Bridges, on the track Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.

John also made a special appearance during Elton’s sell-out concert in Madison Square Garden in November 1974, where they performed the song together.

Speaking of the experience, Elton told Sean that his father felt ‘physically sick’ before the show began, but he started to feel better when he went on stage and saw the reception he got from the crowd, which allowed him to play ‘fine’.

‘Those things, you treasure them,’ Elton explained. ‘And that night I think the reception he got, he wasn’t nervous during the show, he just played the same brilliantly.

‘But he came on very kind of slunk behind the amp, and when he heard that roar, I think he thought, “God, New York loves me,” and boy, did they.’

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