The third of the four Nick Drake songs from the Warlock Music publishing demoes by Elton John, with most of Fotheringay.
The first few seconds of this sound like the corduroy jacket of a 1970 Open University lecturer on the TV. With a slide rule in his top pocket.
Reading Mick Houghton’s Sandy Denny book reminded me of this;
In 1970, Elton John and Linda Peters (who would become Linda Thompson) made an album of demos of songs by writers signed to Warlock Music, the publishing arm of Joe Boyd’s Witchseason label. There were songs by John Martyn, Beverley Martyn, Mike Heron and four by Nick Drake, the idea being that the songs might be covered by other artists if heard in a more pop-oriented vein. The Sandy Denny connection is that the band on the demos was Fotheringay’s Jerry Donahue, Jerry Conway and bass-player Pat Donaldson (who is still making great records like the first Staves album…) The three recently toured in support of the Fotheringay Nothing More collection.
Here’s one of the four videos from that box set.