Stone's Throw From Hurtin'

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In Their Own Words

Elton John:

“For me, that’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. I could see that, I would like that to be a single.” – 1989

“It’s JJ Cale meets Canned Heat” – 1989

Bernie Taupin: 

“For Stones Throw, I wrote something that would be something like a Sam & Dave thing.” – 1989


  • The lead vocal from Elton was accomplished by Elton whispering into the microphone during the rough vocal take.
  • Inspired by Marvin Gaye’s I Heard it Through the Grapevine and Sam & Dave.
  • Fred Mandel used a guitar (either a Tom Anderson or Ibanez) equipped with an vibrato arm to simulate slide in the final blues solo.
  • Elton has said this is is favorite track on the album during promotional interviews.


Keyboards & Vocals – Elton John
Bass – Romeo Williams
Drums –  Jonathan Moffett
Guitar – Davey Johnstone
Guitar (Solo) – Fred Mandel
Keyboards – Guy Babylon
Backing vocals – Marlena Jeter, Mortonette Jenkins, Natalie Jackson, Davey Johnstone