Sir Elton John honoured with new collection of Royal Mail stamps

The music of Sir Elton John is to be celebrated with a new set of Royal Mail stamps. Only the second solo artist bestowed with the honour following David Bowie in 2017, eight of the new stamps feature images from his most popular album covers.

Among the records are 1972 breakthough ‘Honky Chateau’ which featured ‘Rocket Man’.

Other albums honoured by the collection include ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – known for hits such as ‘Bennie And The Jets’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting’ and ‘Candle In The Wind’.

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.

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The rest of the albums featured on the stamps include ‘Caribou’, 1975’s ‘Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy’, ‘Made In England’ and ‘Songs From The West Coast’.

Four other stamps, which are available in a miniature sheet, will celebrate Elton’s incendiary live performances.

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City Birmingham Symphony Orchestra brings 50 Years of Sir Elton John's music to Symphony Hall on 3 April 2020.