First press conference of The Elton John Band in the US at Universal Studios. As students of journalism we were sent there on an invitation to our teacher in her stead. They passed out their second album titled simply Elton John to everyone as the press questioned them and their manager 'the suit' orchestrated the two main band members. There was a turntable in front of Elton and Bernie on which the new album was played. Bernie was sullen while Elton seemed excited and animated.
Meantime I spent my time chatting with Dee and Nigel as they went virtually ignored the entire time! They were sweet, kind, and a pleasure to speak with. What did I want to talk about with these men? England! My family originated from Sherwood just outside of London, so had hoped they might be able to tell more about this obscure yet fable famed area. You must understand that at the time I was in high school and this band was virtually unknown as the only song of theirs which was played over and over on the radio was 'Your Song' and quite popular. I'd be a liar if I said I didn't find Nigel adorable. I'm sure he must have picked up on this, but remained a gentleman. Dee spoke about his wife and life at home mostly while Nigel seemed somewhat shy and unsure, possibly from being in these strange surroundings. I did my best to make them feel welcome and comfortable under these curious circumstances.
After the press conference, we all went on the very first Universal Tour on a tram with the band members. It was a fun time as I remember Elton being the life of the party! Who would have expected less after having seen him on stage and knowing his latter reputation as such. This all took place in the early 70's, interesting times. I only took four photos as I had generously shared most of my only flash 'cubes' with fellow journalists being as they needed them also. One of these students was my closest friend Lenita who's sister kindly drove us to the conference. The camera was borrowed as I had none, and was not a very good Instamatic at that. All the same I was grateful to have had it, and now even more so. It's a miracle these photos survived many moves during the course of a turbulent difficult life.