The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

Rod and Elton? Just call them Phyllis and Sharon


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Rock star Rod Stewart may be famous for his bevy of ex-wives and girlfriends, but it is fellow pop star Elton John who comes in for the lion's share of Stewart's affection in excerpts from his new memoir.

In an excerpt to be published in Rolling Stone magazine on Friday, Stewart recalled bygone days the two British singers spent partying and on holiday, the Christmas presents they exchanged, and even their nicknames for each other - Phyllis and Sharon.

"It was in the early 1970s that Elton and I drew especially close, the best of mates for a while," Stewart, now 67, writes in Rod: The Autobiography. Reuters was given an advance copy of the magazine article on Wednesday.

John lived with his then-boyfriend just down the road from Stewart in the countryside west of London, not far from one of the royal palaces at Windsor, Stewart recalled.