Elton John Pianos, Including One Used to Write "Philadelphia Freedom," Being Auctioned
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:58:59
Caribou Ranch, a famed recording studio, hosted Elton John, during the '70s and '80s.
John worked on three albums at Caribou Ranch: Caribou, Rock of the Westies and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. His 1974 Caribou album was named after the ranch.
The mahogany Steinway & Sons grand piano used while recording "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," among other tracks from the album, is now available at auction.
A second piano, the Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand, used by Elton John to write the majority of Rock of the Westies and the hit "Philadelphia Freedom," is also available for purchase.
"I consider him one of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. I think all of the work he did there will stand the test of time," said James Guercio, Caribou's founder.
Caribou has been considered the first destination recording studio. Elton John not only recorded there but also enjoyed the private, rustic atmosphere. He spent time with John Lennon on the ranch while recording his "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" cover. This trip is referred to as Lennon's "lost weekend" with May Pang.
These instruments are part of the upcoming auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on January 24 at the Denver Design Center, featuring over 400 lots.
Collectors, music culturists or John fans can register to bid at this location.
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