Sir Elton John's music celebrated in Royal Mail stamps

Musical icon is currently performing his massive Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Tuesday 03 September 2019 06:33 BST
Elton John and Rocketman star Taron Egerton perform 'Your Song' together

Sir Elton John has been featured on a new set of Royal Mail stamps that celebrate his contribution to music.

The rock icon is only the second individual to be given the honour, after David Bowie was given his own set of stamps in 2017.

Eight of the stamps feature Sir Elton’s most popular album covers, including his 1972 breakthrough Honky Chateau – the album that featured "Rocket Man" – and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

A further four stamps, available in a miniature sheet, celebrate his live performances across five decades, from his 1973 show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, to the Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

Also included is one from his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Madison Square Garden in New York, in 2018.

Sir Elton, who was knighted in 1998, 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.”

The Royal Mail stamp showing Elton John at Madison Square Garden (Royal Mail)

Royal Mail spokesperson Philip Parker 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.”

A Royal Mail stamp featuring Sir Elton John on the cover of his album Made in England (Royal Mail/PA)

The Elton John stamps are available now. Sir Elton's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is scheduled to conclude in London on 16 December 2020 at the O2 Arena.

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