Sir Elton John’s music celebrated in Royal Mail stamps

Sir Elton John is to be honoured with a new set of Royal Mail stamps.

The British music icon is only the second solo artist to be bestowed with the honour, following on from David Bowie in 2017.

Eight of the new Elton John stamps feature images of his most popular album covers.

They include his 1972 breakthrough record Honky Chateau, which features the track Rocket Man.

The album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which features the songs Candle In The Wind, Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting and Bennie And The Jets, is also celebrated.

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Other albums honoured by the collection include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Caribou, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, Made In England and Songs From The West Coast.

A further four stamps, available in a miniature sheet, celebrate Sir Elton’s live performances across five decades.

They include images from the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1973, the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 1975, the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in London in 2012, and from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2018.

Sir Elton said: “To say I was surprised when Royal Mail got in touch is an understatement. Never did I think I’d appear on a stamp…! It’s wonderful, a great honour.”

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: “Elton is one of the most successful British solo artists of all time. He has recorded some of the best-known songs in pop history such as Candle In The Wind and Rocket Man.

“Our stamps issued today showcase some of his most iconic albums, and celebrate his fantastic musical contribution.”

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