With original band members Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson Elton John returned to the charts with the 1983 hit album Too Low for Zero, which included “I’m Still Standing” (No. 4 UK) and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues“, the latter of which featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and reached No. 4 in the US and No. 5 in the UK. In October 1983, Elton John caused controversy when he broke the United Nations’ cultural boycott on apartheid South Africa by performing at the Sun City venue.
In this conversation from 1983 Elton talks about his musical career, the latest album, Too Low for Zero, working with the original band, courting controversy for playing in apartheid South Africa and spending time with the British Royal Family!