A set of special stamps was launched to honour one of Pinner’s most famous sons and one of the most successful music stars of all time earlier this month.
This year sees the 50th anniversary of Elton John’s first album and, as he continues his final tour, he becomes only the second individual music artist to have a dedicated stamp issue.
Eight stamps showcase some of Elton’s most admired and iconic albums and completing the set, four stamps show Elton in action performing live across five decades.
A global superstar, Elton John is one of the most successful recording artists of all time and has, over his 50-year career, achieved one diamond, 38 platinum or multi-platinum and 26 gold albums.
He has been awarded 13 Ivor Novellos, five Grammys and the Grammy Legend Award, five BRITS, including the first BRITS Icon Award, an Academy Award, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe.
In recognition of his contribution to music and for his charity work he was knighted in 1998, having been awarded a CBE two years previously.
Elton John, 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.”
Philip Parker, Royal Mail, 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.”