Facebook.com/EltonJohn; Third Man Records/ColumbiaElton John has let slip that he recently recorded a song with former White Stripes frontman Jack White and The Diving Board producer T Bone Burnett for a new documentary miniseries for the BBC titled American Epic. Burnett and White are collaborating on the soundtrack to the six-episode program, which profiles blues artists of the 1930s and features contemporary musicians recording on vintage equipment.
While John didn't give many details about the track he made with White, he did reveal the history behind the equipment they recorded on. "I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on, and I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White played on it," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "So it went straight to analog. That was a lot of fun."
Meanwhile, John gushed about his ongoing partnership with Burnett, with whom he first teamed up on The Union, the 2010 collaborative album he recorded with Leon Russell.
"At the end of my career -- or the twilight of my career -- I've found someone I feel just as excited about as when I first met [longtime producer] Gus Dudgeon," John tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Elton adds that he's already looking forward to making a follow-up to The Diving Board.
"I think we'll make another one pretty quickly," he reveals. "[Burnett] got my love of recording back, and I thought I'd lost that."
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