SIR Elton John was amazed when Eminem played him the smash single GHETTO GOSPEL for the first time, because he thought the track impossibly inventive.

Eminem mixed John's vocals from his 1971 song INDIAN SUNSET with the lost song by the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Ghetto Gospel ended up giving Shakur his first ever UK number one single in late June (05).

Elton says, "It was a piece of luck. But, when you have been around as long as I have, things just have a way of happening.

"It is incredible what Eminem's actually done, combining melody and great hip-hop in an original way.

"It is not a lazy piece of work."

04/08/2005 14:12