Elton John

St. Paul & the Broken Bones ignite soul sparks at Elton John's Oscar bash

St. Paul & the Broken Bones ignite soul sparks at Elton John's Oscar bash

Arguably the most riveting musical performance on Academy Awards night didn’t emanate from the Kodak Theatre stage during the ceremony itself, but from Alabama’s neo-soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The act capped Elton John’s annual Oscar-viewing party and fundraiser for his AIDS foundation.

Just as music mogul Clive Davis typically uses his pre-Grammy Awards bash to spotlight new talent , John also is a musical tastemaker who likes to bring young acts to the public’s attention.

“When I heard this band’s first album, I immediately called [group leader] Paul Janeway and spoke to him,” John, 69, told the crowd that had just helped him raise $7 million for...

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