ELTON JOHN

 



 

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INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN 1994

Elton John got his first hit in 1970 from his first album name Elton John and has not stopped yet with one hit after the other . Elton was born with the name Reginald Dwight. He got together with Bernie Taupin after being rejected for a audition and they been together ever since that point. Elton being a composer and Bernie being a lyricist the two worked out together great.

The two of them have also written many songs for Broadway shows.

 

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THE TOUR OF ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL

 

 

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ELTON JOHNS GREATEST HITS

 

Your Song

Daniel

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Bennie and the Jets

Rocket Man

Crocodile Rock

The Bitch Is Back

Candle in The Wind

Philadelphia Freedom

Island Girl

Blue Eyes

Little Jeannie

 

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ELTON JOHNS FAMOUS DUETS

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PLUS ALL OF HIS LOVE SONGS

PLUS ALL THE MANY MOVIES SOUNDTRACKS

 

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JUST A FEW OF HIS FAMOUS ALBUMS

In his early years on stage he was like Jerry Lee Lewis dressed like Liberace. His early outfits generated more talk then his super hits!  Elton pushed out hit after after hit from 1970 through 1976 and at this point he decided to slow down. In 1979 Elton was the first performer to tour the Soviet Union . Elton was also made a Knight by the British government  and is now called Sir Elton John. Also due to his friendship with Prince Dianna he changed the words to his previous hit song Candle in the Wind which resulted in one of the all-time largest hit singles in music history. recently Elton has developed a close relationship with Disney and has written a few top hit songs for them.

 

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ELTON JOHN TRIVIA

 

March 25, 1947: Reginald Kenneth Dwight, a.k.a. Elton John, is born in the London suburb of Pinner.

June 23, 1967: Elton John answers an ad placed by Liberty Records in Britain’s ‘New Musical Express,’ thereby setting in motion a chain of events that will result in his teaming up with lyricist Bernie Taupin, his lifetime songwriting collaborator.

June 3, 1969: ‘Empty Sky,’ Elton John’s first album, is released in England. It will not be released in the U.S. until 1975, when John is a bonafide superstar.

August 25, 1970: Elton John makes his performing debut in America at Los Angeles’ Troubadour nightclub.

January 23, 1971: Elton John reaches #8 with “Your Song.” It is the first in a string of 60 hit singles for John over the next three decades.

April 10, 1971: Elton John hits #34 with “Friends”.

February 5, 1972: Elton John hits #24 with “Levon”.

July 15, 1972: Elton John hits #6 with “Rocket Man,” a song whose words and music make a timely play on the U.S. space program.

September 23, 1972: Elton John hits #8 with “Honky Cat”.

February 3, 1973: Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” hits #1. It is the first of a half dozen chart-topping singles for John over the next three years.

June 2, 1973: Elton John hits #2 with “Daniel,” a pensive ballad from his hit-filled album D’on’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player.’

September 15, 1973: Elton John hits #12 with “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.”

December 8, 1973: Elton John hits #2 with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” the title track from a double album that would itself reach #1 and remain on the album charts for two years.

April 13, 1974: Elton John hits #1 with “Bennie and the Jets,” a tribute to R&B music from ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ “When I first heard ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ I knew I had to be a performer,” Axl Rose (of Guns ‘n’ Roses) would say in his 1994 speech inducting John into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

July 27, 1974: Elton John hits #2 with “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” from his ‘Caribou’ album. The song features Beach Boys Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston on backing vocals.

November 2, 1974: Elton John hits #2 with “The Bitch is Back.”

November 28, 1974: Having promised Elton John that he would join him onstage if “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” hit #1, makes good by accompanying Elton on three songs at Madison Square Garden. It turns out to be Lennon’s last-ever live performance.

January 4, 1975: Elton John hits #1 with his remake of ’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” plays guitar on this non-LP single under the pseudonym Dr. Winston O’Boogie.

April 12, 1975: Elton John hits #1 with “Philadelphia Freedom,” a song inspired by his friendship with tennis superstar Billie Jean King, whose pro team is the Philadelphia Freedoms.

August 16, 1975: Elton John hits #4 with “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”

October 11, 1975: “Bad Blood,” by Neil Sedaka, hits #1. It features Elton John on harmony vocals and appears on John’s own label, Rocket Records.

November 1, 1975: Elton John hits #1 with “Island Girl,” from ‘Rock of the Westies,’ his seventh consecutive #1 album.

August 7, 1976: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” by Elton John and Kiki Dee, tops the charts for the first of four weeks. It is John’s sixth #1 hit in three years – and his last one in the U.S. for 21 years.

December 25, 1976: Elton John hits #6 with “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”.

November 3, 1977: An exhausted Elton John announces at a London concert that he is retiring from live performances, which he does – for 15 months.

February 3, 1979: Close on the heels of a new album, ‘A Single Man,’ Elton John resumes touring after a 15-month hiatus.

May 30, 1980: Elton John releases ‘21 at 33,’ which reunites him with lyricist Bernie Taupin. The title refers to the fact that it is the 33-year-old John’s 21st album.

December 14, 1986: Elton John performs in Sydney, Australia, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The concert is released as the double album ‘Live in Australia’ in July 1987.

August 1, 1987: MTV Europe, the continent’s only 24-hour music-video network, is launched at 12:01 a.m. Elton John switches on the channel from the Roxy Club in Amsterdam. The first video to be shown is Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing.”

September 23, 1988: Elton John concludes a sold-out five-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It is his 26th sold-out concert at the venue, breaking the Grateful Dead’s old record.

June 23, 1990: “Sacrifice,” from the album ‘Sleeping With the Past,’ becomes Elton John’s first-ever #1 hit in his British homeland.

December 21, 1992: Elton John establishes the Elton John AIDS Foundation, aimed at AIDS prevention education and direct care services.

February 18, 1993: Elton John’s album ‘The One’ becomes the first to receive multi-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Previously, albums were only certified gold (500,000 copies sold) or platinum (1,000,000 copies sold).

April 3, 1993: Elton John’s “Simple Life,” from his 1992 album ‘The One,’ enters Billboard’s Top Forty. With this charting single, John breaks ’s longstanding record with 24 consecutive years of Top Forty hits.

January 19, 1994: Elton John is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner. Axl Rose, of Guns and Roses, is his presenter.

June 4, 1994: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” by Elton John – a collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice from the soundtrack to Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ – enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #4. It extends John’s record-breaking streak of consecutive years of Top Forty hits to 25.

July 13, 1994: Elton John and Billy Joel  team up for a joint tour for the first time. The union of two piano-playing rock and roll superstars virtually guarantees sellouts.

March 1, 1995: After countless Grammy nominations dating back to 1970, Elton John receives his first Grammy Award as an artist for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (from ‘The Lion King’), which wins Best Pop Vocal Performance. The same song wins John and lyricist Tim Rice an Oscar for Best Song from a Motion Picture at the March 27th Academy Awards.

October 2, 1997: It is announced that “Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana, has shipped more than 26 million units worldwide, making it the second biggest single in history (behind Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”). It tops the U.S. charts for 14 weeks.

February 12, 1998: “Sir” Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

October 2, 2001: Elton John releases ‘Songs from the West Coast.’ It is his 40th U.S. album, including compilations and soundtracks.

 

Must Have Recordings

Candle in the Wind
Your Song
Rocket Man
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I’m Still Standing
Bennie and the Jets
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
Tiny Dancer

 


 

GENERAL INFORMATION

In 1976 Elton announced he was bi-sexual and then in 1984 he announced he was gay.


Within the music industry, Elton is sometimes known as "Sharon", a nickname originally given to him by good friend Rod Stewart In return, Elton calls Rod "Phyllis".

Throughout his career, John has battled addictions to alcohol and cocaine. By 1975, the pressures of stardom began to take a serious toll on the musician. During "Elton Week" in Los Angeles that year, John suffered a drug overdose He also battled the eating disorder bulimia. In a CNN Interview with Larry King in 2002, King asked if John was aware of Princess Diana's eating disorder. John replied, "Yes, I did. We were both bulimic."

He is also rumored to have struggled with significant financial difficulties caused by his profligate spending. In the mid-late 1990s, John formed a friendship with pop singer Michael Jackson, who later dedicated his 1997 album Blood on the Dance Floor to him for the support John had given him during his struggle with addiction to prescription painkillers

Grammy Awards

Elton and Bernie Taupin were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992

 


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