Following the release of new musical fantasy film, Rocketman, Elton John reflected on his early life in Pinner in a Guardian column.
The singer/songwriter legend wrote in The Guardian article about how he was crying 15 minutes into his first viewing of the film, in which he’s portrayed by British actor Taron Egerton.
He said this was predominantly because he was watching a scene where his family are singing in his nan’s old house in Pinner Hill Road.
He wrote: “(I was) really sobbing, in that loud, unguarded, emotionally destroyed way that makes people turn around and look at you with alarmed expressions. I was watching my family – my mum and dad, my nan – in my nan’s old council house in Pinner Hill Road in the late 1950s, singing I Want Love, a song Bernie Taupin and I had written in 2001. I knew it was in the film, but I didn’t know how they were going to use it.”
While John admitted the song was written more about fellow lyricist Taupin and his life as a middle-aged man with a few divorces, he said it also fitted in with his parent’s relationship while in Pinner.
He added: “I suppose my mum and dad must have been in love once, but there wasn’t much sign they ever had been by the time I came along. They gave every impression of hating each other. My dad was strict and remote and had a terrible temper; my mum was argumentative and prone to dark moods. When they were together, all I can remember are icy silences or screaming rows. The rows were usually about me, how I was being brought up.
“The best way to escape it was to shut myself in my bedroom with my record collection and my comics, and drift off into an imaginary world, fantasising that I was Little Richard or Ray Charles or Jerry Lee Lewis. I made my peace with it all years ago.”
Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, is in cinemas now.