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Elton John and other music stars recall childhood musical memories for charity campaign

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is one of several British music stars who are sharing their favorite childhood music memories for a new charity campaign called “End the Silence,” which aims to help children in orphanages.

Elton reveals that the most memorable song from his childhood is “The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)” by Doris Day. He says he was given the record by his mother after a trip to the dentist.

“There’s so many records from my childhood, but that one was so important because I was so frightened to go to the dentist so it was bribery and corruption on my part to get that record and I played it and I played it and I played it and I played it,” says the pop-rock legend.

Among the other artists taking part in the initiative is ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller who says The Kinks‘ 1967 gem “Waterloo Sunset” holds the most precious memory of his youth.

“I remember it being a nice summer, so I suppose it’s caught up in happy childhood memories and sunshine and summer starting,” explains Weller, whose old band was strongly influenced by The Kinks, as well as The Beatles and The Who.

The campaign, launched by Hope and Homes for Children, encourages music fans to share their own music memories and to donate to the charity. The campaign’s website says, “Together we can look forward to a day when every child grows up surrounded by love, family and music.”

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