Bob Marley

BOB Marley is among several music legends mentioned in the upcoming book Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton and Me by Bernie Taupin, long-time song-writing partner of British singer Elton John.

According to Planet Radio, the book is being published by Hachette Books and is slated for release on September 7 in the United Kingdom.

"Readers visit Los Angeles with Bernie and Elton on the cusp of global fame. We spend time in Australia at an infamous rock 'n' roll hotel and spend late-night hours with John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra. And beyond the world of popular music, we witness memorable encounters with writers like Graham Greene, painters like Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali," read a statement from the book's publishers.

Taupin and Elton John's co-writing partnership began in 1967, four years after Marley's group The Wailers was formed. By the 1970s, Marley was about to break big time with the help of Island Records. The album Rastaman Vibration (1976) helped to introduce Marley to major international stars like the Beatles' Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and earned him high-profile admirers like Robert Plant of English rock band Led Zeppelin.

Singer Elton John (left) and Bernie Taupin

Marley, king of reggae, died on May 11, 1981 of cancer. He was 36.

Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, and Sinatra passed away December 8, 1980 and May 14, 1998, respectively. Lennon, 40, was shot and killed by a fan, while Sinatra died of a heart attack at 82.

Taupin said he hopes to reveal new information.

"It was never my intention to write a traditional A to Z autobiography. I began a few years back composing essays and observations on my life that ultimately gained momentum and started to look like a book. It was a lot of fun and immensely beneficial in blowing the dust off a lot of what I'd forgotten about," the prolific 72-year-old songwriter was quoted as saying.

"Hopefully, there's something in it for everybody. It's contemplative, self-assessing, and attempts to stay off the beaten path in not regurgitating what's already been written," he continued.

Born in Sleaford, England, Taupin helped to pen some of Elton John's enduring hit songs, including Candle in the Wind, Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny), Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Your Song, Nikita, and Friends, all of which were hugely popular in Jamaica.

Elton John is currently completing the final tour of his career, which ends at the Glastonbury Festival in June.

Association BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto & Entertainment

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