Author Archives: Jim McKay

About Jim McKay

Jim has sat in the "The 22nd Row" since June 23, 1992, as an experiment in the University of Illinois' Hypermedia Lab.

Under The Radar:

While the recordings and performances under the name of Elton John are the main entry points of our interest, let’s not forget Bernie Taupin’s outstanding, official website at (Please note:  This is Mr. Taupin’s only official website.) Flying a … Continue reading

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“On A Christmas Day:” Congratulations to Elton & David

From Elton and David are very pleased to announce the birth of their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John on Christmas Day. Because of wildly off-the-mark coverage in the media, Elton and David state that only coverage linked from … Continue reading

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Grammy Nod for “If It Wasn’t For Bad”

If It Wasn’t For Bad has received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. If It Wasn’t For Bad released as a single in August and is eligible for the … Continue reading

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Be sure to check There are some new clips with two being of special interest in my humble opinion. One is a clip clip of Elton and Ray Cooper performing Gone To Shiloh. The other is the trailer for … Continue reading

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Leon Russell Added to More EJ Dates

Now all November concerts with Elton will feature Leon Russell as well.’s concert page for full details. Don’t miss these amazing, historic shows.

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Beacon Concert: A New Legendary Concert

The Union Concert: October 19, 2010, The Beacon Theatre, NYC I was fortunate enough to be among those who attended Elton John and Leon Russell’s debut concert for The Union.  Clearly, this concert will rank among Elton’s most legendary concerts, … Continue reading

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The Union Buyers Guide: Four Versions & Counting

So far, it appears that there are four formats of The Union. The following is a rundown with the lowest prices I have seen so far. Standard 14-track U.S. CD in Jewel Case Prices starting at $9.99 and up 1.     … Continue reading

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First Impressions: “The Union”

Like many of you, I’ve been listening to The Union via the preview at that is available through today (Monday 18 October 2010). Additionally, I was accidently blessed with an advance copy a couple of days ago.  There are … Continue reading

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Seats available! The 22nd Row is Re-Opened

Welcome back… After a hiatus of more than three years, The 22nd Row is reborn anew as a blog along with the occasional edition of the classic email newsletter. Self-anointed Elton pundit Jim McKay and other contributors will offer perspectives, … Continue reading

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