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The English musician appears on the title track of FOB’s “Save Rock and Roll.” The rock band returned the favor with a cover of “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” - though that wasn’t their initial pick of John classics.

“My favorite track on that album without question is ‘Bennie and the Jets.’ At the time when we were asked, they hadn’t really solidified pretty much anyone, except Miguel had already done that track, so I was like, ‘Ugh,’” Stump recalled. “But I heard it and it’s amazing. Miguel killed it, so I’m happy to relinquish it to him.”


Emeli Sande, “All the Girls Love Alice”

Emeli Sande says remaking John’s “All the Girls Love Alice” helped her become a better songwriter and influenced how she’s approaching songs that will appear on her anticipated sophomore album.

“When you take on a classic song, you’re forced to bring it down and try to look at why is it classic, why is it something that’s stood the test of time, so it was definitely inspiring for me,” she said. “It has inspired me to pay attention and to really set the bar quite highly for what’s a good song, what’s a bad song.”

Scottish-born Sande said she appreciated John reaching out to her via email and, like John, she’s hoping to fill a void in pop music.

“I felt like that art in storytelling isn’t really in pop anymore and I miss it,” she said. “It was nice to have something to get your teeth into and be able to break down like that.”

The 27-year-old, whose debut “Our Version of Events,” was the No. 1 album of 2012 in the United Kingdom, said she chose to record “Alice” because it was “musically interesting and lyrically different.” She also said she wanted to impress John.

“We were quite nervous sending it off, but we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best,” she said. “It was a great feeling to know the original maker approved.”


The Band Perry, “Grey Seal”

The Band Perry is really a family affair.

The sibling trio, who cover Elton John’s “Grey Seal,” said their parents introduced them to the piano-playing veteran.

“Our parents are kind of like our very first radio,” Kimberly Perry said. “They had a massive vinyl collection and our parents were both big fans of Elton John.”

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