Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy 60th Birthday Nigel

It seems unbelievable but it's true - Elton's ever-youthful drummer Nigel Olsson turns 60 today! And tonight he will be celebrating his birthday onstage, as Elton and the band perform The Red Piano show at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. If you are lucky enough to be in that fabulous auditorium tonight, remember to wish Nigel a Happy Birthday!

Nigel Olsson was born in 1949 in Wallasey, England. As true fans of Elton's music will know, Nigel was the drummer and third member of the original Elton John band that formed in 1970, playing alongside Elton and the late Dee Murray. During the 1970s and 1980s Nigel was a mainstay of Elton's touring and recording band, playing on all his classic recordings.

Fellow drummers and fans alike laud him for his tasteful, restrained style of drumming, which he says arose from wanting to make sure Bernie Taupin's lyrics remained at the forefront. Also much admired by fans was Nigel's glossy, waist-length black hair - indeed in recent years Nigel has been heard to wish he had known more about sponsorship in those early days, as he could probably have made a fortune endorsing hair conditioner!

As a solo artist, Nigel has seen four of his singles hit the pop music charts, and he has also made a name for himself in the world of vintage auto racing. In 2000 Elton invited Nigel to rejoin the band for the One Night Only concerts, and to universal delight he has remained in the band since then. Nigel is a huge favourite with the fans and is always guaranteed one of the biggest cheers when Elton introduces the band onstage during the live concerts.

All of us at eltonjohn.com send warm wishes to Nigel for a very happy birthday. In celebration of Nigel's special day we are making our exclusive Nigel Olsson video interview available for all eltonjohn.com visitors to view.

To view extensive and comprehensive information about Nigel, plus a gallery of photos, visit the Nigel Olsson pages in the fantastic new Elton John Band feature in the Rocket area. If you would like to find out more about Nigel, meet with other Nigel fans or send Nigel a birthday message, please visit Nigel's official web site.

- EltonJohn.com Reporting

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