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Elton John, actually Reginald Kenneth “Reggie” Dwight, is one of the most influential and successful musicians of the 20th century and is among the TOP 10 wealthiest musicians worldwide. Elton John’s music can be assigned to the rock/pop genre in the broadest sense. Since the 1960s he has repeatedly enjoyed spectacular success with individual hits and longplays. Just as colorful and exciting as his life are his stage outfits, with which he always provided a topic of conversation. His trademark are his huge glasses.
Born in post-war England in 1947, Reginald Kenneth Dwight had a difficult childhood. He grew up mostly with his grandmother because his father rejected him and his mother had little time for little Reggie. At the age of only four he began his first piano exercises under the guidance of his grandmother and, in addition to his talent, showed so much diligence that at the age of eleven he received a scholarship to the London Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for five years. With the band Bluesology he gathers his first experiences on stage, during this time his stage name Elton John is created, which he puts together from the first names of his bandmates. His meeting with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967 was groundbreaking for his career. Elton John would work with him for years and develop some of the biggest hits in music history. Elton John’s first album under the name “Empty Sky” goes largely unnoticed.
Elton John’s mega career began in the early 1970s with the release of his second album of the same name, “Elton John”. The second single “Your Song” broke all records and when the singer gave his first concerts on American soil, the critics rolled over their heads. During this time the singer developed his eccentric style, the colorful and flashy stage outfit became his trademark. With Bernie Taupin as lyricist, he wrote hit after hit. In the 1970s, for example, songs like Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Candle in the Wind (a homage to Marilyn Monroe) or Don’t let the sun go down on me appeared.
Elton John’s career with outstanding success was equipped with some records and real highlights. In 1979, after gaining worldwide fame, he was the first western singer to perform in the Soviet Union. His concert in Leningrad is a piece of music and cultural history, when the colorful bird Elton John transformed the initially stiff Soviets in the hall into a frenetically cheering crowd.
Elton John managed another piece of music history in 1997 for a sad reason. After the accidental death of the English Princess Lady Diana, whose favorite musician was Elton John, he recorded a new version of his hit “Candle in the Wind”, which sold almost 50 million copies and is the most successful single in music history.
In 1998, Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and thus raised to the nobility and has been allowed to call himself Sir Elton John ever since. Overall, Elton John has sold over 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the most successful musicians of all time alongside the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elvis Presley.
Elton John’s life was extensively filmed under the title “Rocket Man”, the strip was released in cinemas in 2019 and sealed another milestone in his career. With a gigantic farewell tour with 300 concerts until 2010, Elton John wants to say goodbye to his fans.
Elton John is a thoroughbred musician and knows the power and magic of his music. So the quote “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” attributed. Elton John created such moments and hours over decades, in which he brought people of different cultures, ages and races into a state of relaxation and variety at concerts or while listening to his songs.
As a self-confessed homosexual (Elton John has been married to David Furnish since 2005 after a marriage to a woman), he has also been very open about same-sex love on several occasions: “There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your sex. People should be free when it comes to sex. With goats you should draw a line.”
Elton John’s career is so long and colorful that it’s peppered with some very special and amazing facts. He played an unbelievable 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries during his career. In 1974 he even performed with Beatles legend John Lennon at a concert in New York as part of a lost bet. And since the late 1990s, when he was fitted with a pacemaker, Elton John has been touring the world with this little medical help. It is not clear whether it is true or just a legend that Elton John owns over 1000 colorful glasses.