Elton John shares previously-unreleased 1968 track

listen 13/10/2020

Elton John has decided to release a previously unreleased track for his fans.

The song is titled 'Regimental Sgt. Zippo' and is a psychedelic track, recorded in 1968.

It was penned alongside Bernie Taupin and was originally set to be released as the title track for Elton John's debut EP - but it ultimately ended up never seeing the light of day.

Instead of this song, Elton decided that releasing 'Empty Sky' a year later was the better option.

The song is an affectionate nod to The Beatle's Sgt Pepper and the 1960's era.

Within six years of this May 1968 recording Elton John would be a superstar the size of the Beatles, and close friends with John Lennon, something that would have been hard to predict at the time Regimental Sgt. Zippo was recorded.

Sharing the track on Twitter, he wrote: “From the album that never was… ‘Regimental Sgt. Zippo’ was going to be the title track of my unreleased debut album in 1969. You can find it on my upcoming ‘Jewel Box’!”

Hear it below.