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Elton John reveals he tried to give “scruffy” Bob Dylan a makeover

Elton John is one of the preeminent rock stars who made his costuming part of his widely flagrant act. He’s now revealed that he once tried to share his love of fashion with the deliberately un-fashionable Bob Dylan after he mistook him for one of his gardeners.

Ahe prepares to release his tell-all memoir, titled, as one might imagine, Me, the Rocketman singer shared that the enigmatic folk-singer Dylan arrived at one of Elton’s infamous parties but wasn’t quite what Elton was expecting. “Towards the end of the Eighties, I held an insane party in LA, and invited everyone I knew,” John remembered. “By mid-evening, I was flying, absolutely out of my mind, when a scruffy-looking guy I didn’t recognise wandered into the lit-up garden.

“Who the hell was he? Must be one of the staff, a gardener. I loudly demanded to know what the gardener was doing helping himself to a drink.

“There was a moment’s shocked silence, broken by my PA saying, ‘Elton, that’s not the gardener. It’s Bob Dylan.’”

Elton John continued to tell the story, adding some wonderful colours to the tale: “Coked out of my brain and keen to make amends, I rushed over, grabbed him and started steering him towards the house. ‘Bob! Bob! We can’t have you in those terrible clothes, darling. Come upstairs and I’ll fit you out with some of mine at once. Come on, dear!’”

“His expression suggested he was trying hard to think of something he wanted to do less than get dressed up like Elton John, and drawing a blank,” which may be our favourite quote ever. Until of course, Elton revealed that he, Dylan and Garfunkel once all played charades together.

Fair to say, that we cannot wait for this memoir to be released.

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