Elton John is one of the most iconic and influential musicians of all time. His career spans over five decades, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He is known for his distinctive voice, flamboyant style, and catchy songs that range from pop, rock, soul, to musical theatre. In this blog post, we will explore some of the highlights of his amazing musical journey, and how he has inspired generations of fans and artists.
Elton John was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He showed an early interest in music and learned to play the piano at the age of three. He attended the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship, but dropped out at 17 to pursue a career in pop music. He met his longtime lyricist and collaborator Bernie Taupin in 1967, and they formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in history. Together, they wrote hundreds of songs that became classics, such as “Your Song”, “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I’m Still Standing”, and many more.
Elton John’s breakthrough came in 1970 with his self-titled second album, which featured his first hit single “Your Song”. He followed it with a string of successful albums in the 1970s, such as Honky Château, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Caribou, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, and Rock of the Westies. He also established himself as a live performer, with his extravagant costumes, glasses, and stage props. He became one of the biggest stars of the decade, selling out stadiums and arenas around the world.
In the 1980s, Elton John faced some personal challenges, such as drug addiction, bulimia, and depression. He also lost some of his close friends to AIDS, such as Freddie Mercury and Ryan White. He decided to seek help and get sober in 1988, and he also founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cause. He continued to make music and collaborate with other artists, such as George Michael, Kiki Dee, Eric Clapton, and Dionne Warwick. He also ventured into musical theatre, composing the scores for The Lion King, Aida, and Billy Elliot.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Elton John enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and acclaim. He won several awards, including an Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, a Grammy Legend Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. He also released more albums that showcased his versatility and creativity, such as The One, Made in England, Songs from the West Coast, Peachtree Road, The Captain & The Kid, and The Diving Board. He also performed at many historic events, such as Princess Diana’s funeral, the Concert for Diana, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
In the 2010s and 2020s, Elton John has shown no signs of slowing down. He has continued to tour extensively around the world with his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which he announced in 2018 as his final tour. He has also released more albums that reflect his legacy and influence, such as Wonderful Crazy Night, Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, and The Lockdown Sessions. He has also been involved in various projects that celebrate his life and music, such as the biopic Rocketman starring Taron Egerton as Elton John; his autobiography Me; his podcast Rocket Hour; and his collaboration with Lady Gaga on her album Chromatica.
Elton John is a legend who has touched millions of lives with his music and his generosity. He is a true artist who has never stopped evolving and expressing himself. He is a role model who has overcome many obstacles and used his platform to advocate for human rights and social justice. He is a hero who has given hope and joy to countless people around the world. He is Elton John.