“I buy about five or six albums a week on vinyl.”
Elton John has been named the first Record Store Day Legend, a new accolade to celebrate the holiday’s 10 year anniversary.
In an new interview, the pop icon discusses his earliest memories of vinyl, such as his mother buying 78s every where, his first two 45s (‘At The Hop’ by Danny & The Julians and Jackie Wilson’s ‘Reet Petite’) and the most recent record he bought this week, Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo.
“It cost a fortune, I don’t know where I got that,” he says. Though the album is only available in unofficial bootlegs to our knowledge, we’re not going to question Captain Fantastic on this one.
John reveals he sold his vinyl collection in the 1980s for charity as the first act of Elton John Foundation. The lot sold for about $250,000, but it wasn’t long before he started buying again. His collection is currently about 7,000 records.
John’s already put his money where his mouth as a vinyl collector. Last month, he was spotted in a Vancouver record store digging through the rap section and spending over $200.
Watch the interview below and head to Record Store Day on April 22.