It feels like Elton John, at 74 years old, is just getting started : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music Podcast Elton John recently scored his first #1 chart ranking in 16 years – thanks to a song on his latest album The Lockdown Sessions. In this session, we chat about being inspired, finding musical chemistry, and more.

It feels like Elton John, at 74 years old, is just getting started

Elton John on World Cafe

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Elton John
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Playlist

  • "Learn to Fly (feat. Surfaces)"
  • "Always Love You (feat. Nicki Minaj, Young Thug)"
  • Jake Wesley Rogers "Middle of Love"
  • "Cold Heart (PNAU remix feat. Dua Lipa)"
  • "Honkey Cat"
  • "Simple Things (feat. Brandi Carlile)"
  • "Finish Line (feat. Stevie Wonder)"

Just a few weeks ago, Sir Elton John was honored by Prince Charles, appointed to the prestigious and exclusive Order of the Companions of Honor for his work in music and charity. You might expect something like that to be a crowning achievement on a career spanning over five decades and countless awards – but it still somehow feels like Elton John, at 74 years old, is just getting started.

He's recently scored his chart ranking in 16 years, thanks to a song from his latest album, The Lockdown Sessions. That record that sees him working with some of the hottest names in pop, americana, and rap music, along with some lesser-known acts — you'll feel Elton's genuine enthusiasm and awe for those artists when he talks about all of them today. In this session, we chat about being inspired, finding musical chemistry and, of course, we'll hear a bunch of songs from The Lockdown Sessions.

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