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

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 are ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith and Emeli Sande, who chose, respectively as the song that holds the most precious memory of their childhood The Kinks‘ “Waterloo Sunset,” Van Morrison and The Chieftains‘ “Carrickfergus,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five‘s “The Message,” Tracy Chapman‘s “Why” and Mariah Carey‘s “Hero.”

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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