Elton John - Phil Donahue Show USA TV 1980 (October 15th) - interview part1





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Published on Sep 10, 2012

This is the Elton John interview taken in 1980 at the Phil Donahue show, the Your Song performance can be found on the ElliSun channel, thanks for watching dear Elton John fans!

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Jorge Patiño
less than 2 months before John Lennon died :(
lore ann
Immense talent in Sir Elton John!!!
Good interview. Elton was in great form! Reminds me of how fucking irritating Phil Donahue was.....
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I was a huge Elton John fan as a teenager in the 1970s but I wasn't happy about what he was doing with his career at this point Staring in early 1976 I think Elton's creativity was getting fatigued. It was inevitable after releasing 13 albums in a 7 year time span. . When he put out that horrible "Victim of Love" album I thought. "Oh my God. What is this crap? " I couldn't believe it was from the same person who did "Tumbleweed Connection" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." I was very happy in May 1981 when he released "The Fox." He did some excellent tracks in the 80s but nothing will ever compare to those first six years. All the albums from "Elton John" to "Rock Of The Westies."
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that coke laugh...geeeeezus
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Steve Farmer
I'm so glad, as a teenage piano playing kid, I became a HUGE Elton "fan". I say fan in quote marks because my concept of "fandom" needs to be HIGHLY predicated on the fact that ANY "star" is, especially to their own self and in their own self perception, just a person, like ANY other human being. So being a "fan" of ANYone needs to be tempered by that fact.. the reality is, and even to that "star" themself, they ARE.. "just a person". Even though this video is now from 35 years ago, it betrays the fact that the man who's music so GREATly influenced my own life, future, and love for playing piano (I currently play piano and sing backup on the road, for the past dozen years and counting, with country music star Sammy Kershaw - see https://www.facebook.com/steve.farmer.311 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammy_Kershaw), this man's ideologies, thought processes, personal-life-analysis, in fact his entire "world-view-perspective" etc, is based on a very, very, NORMAL minded "I'm just one of us" perspectives.. he knows he's just a guy, who was very fortunate to be in the position he finds/found himself in, even given his enormous talent which led him TO that life-position. Wow, Elton is, and always will be my man! And no I don't mean I'm wanting to steal-him-from-David-kind-of-"my man" haha :P I'd still love, some day (sigh) to just get to sit and chat about life with Elton. I LOVE deep, sincere, life talks.. life is HUGE(!!!!) and it's only in our lives interacting with others that we truely have capacity to learn, to grow, to "figure it all out" in the short time we're all here. I had such opportunity recently to meet another figure who I've had similar desire to meet/talk with.. Chuck Missler. You'll see that on my facebook page, mid January 2015, referenced above. So.. all in all.. though he'll never read my words or know of me.. thank you, Sir Elton! You've influenced, not by your personal intent but by your work and WHO you are, my life, profoundly. Wow.. life is sure something else!!! Loving the journey!!! :) - Steve (John 3:16-21)
Karl Schumacher
Freddie Mercury's brother 20:53
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Marilyn Minion
OMG LOL he was doing major drugs when this interview happened. A gram of cocaine a day.  I love Elton an I am so happy he kicked drugs and he is still going strong for over 40 yrs.
dani s
the laugh
Dexter Haven
He mentions John Lennon early in this never suspecting Lennon would be shot within the next 60 days...
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