Elton John Tributes Aretha Franklin At Detroit Show

Elton John paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin by performing “Border Song” during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Little Caesars Arena on October 12 in Detroit, Michigan. Billboard reports that John noted Franklin’s contribution to both John and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin’s career. John told the crowd about being told by his song publisher that somebody had covered it. “We asked who. They said Aretha Franklin,” John recalled. “Can you imagine two young writers, white boys from England…We were gobsmacked. In fact, we nearly pissed our pants in sheer delight at the fact the woman we loved so much then and grew to love even more afterward would actually record one of our songs.” “Border Song” is a track from John’s self-titled 1970 sophomore album. Franklin recorded “Border Song” for her Young, Gifted and Black album in 1972. Franklin’s version hit No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, 55 points higher than John’s original recording. Copyright(c) 2018 RTTNews.com. All Rights ReservedLess «

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