LISTEN | This would have been the title track off Elton John's unreleased debut album in 1968

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  • Elton John has released a previously unheard track titled Regimental Sgt. Zippo.
  • The song was recorded in 1968 and would have been the title track off the singer's unreleased debut album.
  • "From the album that never was," Elton wrote on Instagram when he debuted the song.


It was Elton John's 1970s hit Your Song that would become the singer's first major track, but did you know two years prior to that he actually recorded an album that never came to light?

In 1968, Elton would have released an album titled Regimental Sgt. Zippo. Now, for the first time, the singer has released the title track from the "album that never was".

"Regimental Sgt. Zippo was going to be the title track of my unreleased debut album in 1968. You can finally hear it on my upcoming Jewel Box!" Elton wrote on Instagram, referring to his upcoming box set which will include 60 previously unreleased songs. 

According to NME, Regimental Sgt. Zippo was written by Elton alongside his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin. 

But instead of releasing the song and album, Elton instead went on to release Empty Sky one year later as his debut project. 

The Elton: Jewel Box box set will be released on 13 November.

Listen to Regimental Sgt. Zippo below:

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