Piano Elton John used to write ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ to be auctioned

The piano Elton John used to write “Philadelphia Freedom” at Caribou Ranch in Colorado is going on the auction block later this month.

The Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand used by Elton John to write the majority of Rock of the Westies and “Philadelphia Freedom” is available for purchase along with a mahogany Steinway & Sons grand piano used while recording “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” among other tracks from the album.

Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built in the Rocky Mountains by Grammy award-winning musician and producer James William Guercio. The ranch hosted over 150 music legends, including Elton John, during the 70s and 80s.

John worked on three albums at Caribou Ranch: Caribou, Rock of the Westies and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. His 1974 Caribou album was named after the ranch.

“I consider him one of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. I think all of the work he did there will stand the test of time,” said James Guercio, Caribou’s founder.

Caribou has been considered the first destination recording studio. Elton John not only recorded there but also enjoyed the private, rustic atmosphere. He spent time with John Lennon on the ranch while recording his “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” cover. This trip is referred to as Lennon’s “lost weekend” with May Pang.

These instruments are part of the upcoming auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on January 24th at the Denver Design Center, featuring over 400 lots.

Register to bid at lesliehindman.com/caribou-ranch/

Caribou Ranch is being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2015. A portion of the proceeds will benefit this non-profit organization.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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