Sir Elton John: The Rocket Man Of Music

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The Rocket Man of Music
One could call Elton John the Rocket Man of music, not just because of his hit “Rocket Man” but because of his incredible popularity and rise to stardom. He is a British singer, pianist and composer and is considered to be one of the most popular musicians of the 20th century. He was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947. He has sold over 250 million records, found success on Broadway and composed the music score for “Billy Elliot” the Tony award hit in 2008. His full name is Elton Hercules John and after being knighted by the Queen in 1998 could add Sir to his name. So I present the music of Sir Elton Hercules John. Elton John’s music is a special blend of pop and rock styles. He was inducted into the Rock
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It was at this time that he combined his stage name from the names of two members of this group. He answered an ad for a songwriter for Liberty Records in 1967 and after getting the job this was the time that he teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin. They began writing songs for other artists and Elton John got his first big break with his 1969 album Empty Sky, featuring songs by John and Taupin. The album never really caught on but it included the song “Skyline Pigeon” which John himself preferred and on which he played the harpsichord.

His first hit came out in 1970 titled “Your Song”. In the 1970s he began performing live in lots of elaborate costumes and wearing decorative glasses. He wanted people to notice him. In 1976 he topped the charts in a duet with Kiki Dee “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. At this time he took a break from music and started focusing on his soccer team in England. Before officially stating his sexuality he at first announced that he was bisexual which didn’t seem to help with his career. Finally came another breakthrough with the release of his 1979 album Single Man.

Hits and Musical
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and the U.S. and shot him straight to stardom was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It included the songs “Candle in the Wind” (written about Marilyn Monroe), “Bennie and the Jets” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

Forming His Own Record Label

In 1974 he formed his own record label The Rocket Record Company. That same year John collaborated with John Lennon, who appeared on Elton John’s single cover of The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Elton John was featured on Lennon’s song “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” on Lennon’s album Walls and Bridges. Later on that year at Lennon’s last major live performance, he and Elton John performed both of these songs and The Beatles’ classic “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden in New York.

John’s third album was “Caribou” released in 1974. This album received a Grammy Award nomination. Two popular songs from this album were “The Bitch is Back” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”.

Pete Townshend of The Who asked John to play a character named “Local Lad” in the rock opera “Tommy” and to perform the song “Pinball Wizard”. John’s version was used for the movie released in 1975 and the song was made into a single and rose up on the pop

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