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Merry Christmas & a happy New Year 2017
Wednesday, December 21 2016

We would like to wish you, your families and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas season and all the best for a successful New Year ... and inform you about some changes coming in 2017.

Let's face it: Generally speaking 2016 has been a terrible year with the terror taking even more control of our lives than ever before. And that's just one of the many aspects which put it high on the list of "Craziest Years".

But it's times like these that make fans like us cling to their idol's music even more than normal to find comfort in quite familiar melodies, some of which we have lived with for decades. During the ending year there have been many chances for fans to find that comfort in Elton's music during one of his many live shows. And due to the release of his new album earlier this year, there was a chance to add some more melodies to the list of "comfort makers", which all can be enjoyed in wonderful crazy nights to come.

Throughout the year we asked you, the fans, which Elton songs you favor most in our "Wonderful Crazy Year" surveys. Many thanks again to Antti Honkasalo who has worked hard behind the scenes to make it happen.

We are very satisfied with the high number of survey answers that you have made - thank you for your great interest! Today, we'd like to tell you more about the future:

The results of the fourth quarter of surveys will be published on January 6, 2017. In the meantime, i.e. during the holiday season, all polls will stay open and you can still answer to the surveys that you haven't taken yet!

There is still a lot of material that we haven't touched yet though. And as the polls have been pretty popular, we will create three additional surveys. You'll be asked to give points for the rest of the recordings that we haven't yet included in our polls.

  • Week 1: Miscellaneous Songs (including Chartbusters Go Pop!; b-sides, outtakes and collaborations)
  • Week 2: Demos (including all Dick James Demos, Drake Sessions, Aida Demos, Billy Elliot Demos and Lestat Demos)
  • Week 3: Other Rarities (including the rest of the rare, unreleased songs - you can find all lyrics from eltonography.com!).
The first additional survey will open on January 8, 2017. So by the time of Elton's 70th birthday on March 25, 2017 we will have a pretty comprehensive overview of his fans' opinion regarding his many recordings.

That period, however, will also mark another change: After almost 30 years of running the fan club I have decided to call it a day. I want (need) to cut back for several reasons and that's why I will "fade out" my activities including eltonfan.net starting April 2017. The website will remain online - at least for a while - but there won't be any updates after Elton's 70th birthday celebrations are over.

But right now it is time again to thank you for your loyalty and support throughout the ending year. And I would like to wish you, your families and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas season and all the best for a successful New Year.

Take care, Stephan

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