But the publisher was not impressed and the album was shelved. John quickly produced more songs and within months was recording a new album, Empty sky, which was released in 1969 as the official debut album.
Regimental Sgt Zippo is released on vinyl in a strictly limited edition as part of Record Store Day, an annual event which sees special releases on sale at some of the UK’s independent record stores.
However, only complete and die-hard Elton John fans may appreciate its content. John makes no reference to the Zippo album in his memories 2019, MeExcept to say that an executive at a publishing house listened to songs he produced during that time and said, “We have to stop this bullshit. You’re not very good at it. In fact, you are desperate.
In an interview with Rolling stone, John admitted that he didn’t remember half of the songs he composed at the time, although “I do remember things like Regimental Sgt Zippo because how could you not with a title like that?
He also said: “I find it hard to understand how prolific Bernie and I were at first. The songs came out of us.