About Elton John
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Almost no one is as well-decorated as Elton John and we’re not just talking about his outfits, but his titles and awards, too. Sir Elton John is the most successful solo male artist on the American charts — ever. And, globally he’s the third most successful artist in the history of the world, behind Madonna and the Beatles.
Though his given name sounds fancy (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) he didn’t come from an impressive household.
He and his family were from a modest home in Middlesex, England and he got his musical education through scholarships, mostly at the Royal Academy of Music.
And though he was playing piano at the fresh age of three, it was those Saturday mornings at the Royal Academy he thanks for his legendary piano skills.
A Love to Perform
A lot of artists say it’s their fans that keep them going, but tours are tiring. It’s city after city, show after show. It doesn’t seem the hustle and bustle of life on the row effects Elton, at least, it didn’t use to. Throughout his career, he’s played in over 80 countries and taken the stage more than 4,000 times. That’s a lot of his life spent singing!
While Elton John announced his intention to stop touring in 2018, that doesn’t mean he’s going to sit still and do nothing. He’s still a songwriter and composer, as well as a well-loved music-industry personality.
In fact, if you’ve ever seen a highly-rated Broadway musical, there’s a good chance Elton John had a hand in composing some of the tracks. He’s to thank for the award-winning, legendary music of the Lion King show. It’s been gracing stages for over 15 years.
Though he may not do long arduous tours anymore (the man is 72!) we don’t think he’ll ever retire his performance rhinestones entirely.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Elton John's music style?
As a singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer, Elton John had an impressive music performance career. He never limited himself to one style and often mixed different musical styles such as pop, blues, soul, soft rock, glam rock, and rock ‘n’ roll.
What are Elton John’s greatest hits?
With a career spanning five decades, over 50 Top 40 hits, and 300 million records sold, it's not easy to list Elton John’s greatest hits. Here are our top 10 songs from one of the greatest musicians of all time.
- Sacrifice (1990)
- Don't Go Breaking My Heart feat. Kiki Dee (1976)
- The Circle of Life (1994)
- I'm Still Standing (1982)
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (1994)
- Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (1974)
- Crocodile Rock (1973)
- Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word (1976)
- Candle in the Wind (1973)
- Your Song (1970)
Has Elton John won any music awards?
Elton John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Among the many achievements, he was mentioned by Rolling Stone in 2004 in its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era and by Billboard in 2013 as the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists. He was also enlisted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992. Last but not least, the man was knighted by the Queen of England — something only 10 or so musicians in the world can say.
What has influenced Elton John’s music?
Initially inspired by the piano-pounders of early rock ‘n' roll, Elton John soon adapted his music to the sound of ‘60s pop. He started off as a singer and songwriter, but with a unique, outstanding ability to combine influences from across the decades and musical genders such as R&B, country, and pop.
Does Elton John write his own songs?
Elton John primarily writes the music of his songs, while the lyrics are usually written by a songwriting partner, usually been Bernie Taupin.
However, for some songs, Elton John wrote a significant chunk of the lyrics himself, if not all of them, above all - Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, and the fadeout refrain of Song for Guy.