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Absolute Radio partners with Universal to celebrate Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' 40th anniversary

Absolute Radio is to celebrate Elton John’s seminal 1973 breakthrough ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ with a documentary produced and hosted by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, founder and presenter of classic album hub Classic Album Sundays.

John released Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in 1973

The joint venture with Universal will feature interviews with Elton John and song writing partner Bernie Taupin, who will reveal the stories behind the record, a rare and never-before broadcast live performance from John in 1973 will air directly afterwards.

“I have lived and breathed this album in the making of this documentary. Our modern lives mean it can be challenging to stop, and allow yourself to become completely absorbed in a record. This documentary will aim to immerse you completely into the making of this album and why it is still relevant today,” said Murphy of her involvement.

Absolute Radio content director, Tony Moorey, added: “This programme will offer an in-depth look at one of Britain’s most iconic and enduring artists. Colleen is a talented storyteller - this, combined with an exclusive, never broadcast before live material offers a unique collaboration between Classic Album Sundays, Absolute Radio and Universal Music.”

‘Classic Album Sundays: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ will air on Sunday 23 March from 9pm, with ‘Elton John: Live from Hammersmith’ broadcasting between 9-10pm the same evening for the first time.

The programme, made in partnership with Universal, follows ad-funded projects made in partnership with brands, such as the three part ‘Bowie’ biography with the V&A Museum’s ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition, a series of documentaries on music ‘Pioneers’ with Volkswagen GTI Pioneers’, the ‘A Design for Life’ comedy series supported by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and the panel show, ‘The Manuscript: A Foolproof Guide to Being a Modern Man’ with Just for Men.