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Artist Of The Month: Elton John

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Elton John

  • Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994
  • He was Knighted in 1998
  • At the age of four, he taught himself how to play the piano
  • Elton John composed 10 of the 14 songs on The Lion King soundtrack
  • He answered an ad for a songwriter for liberty records, and go the job in 1967
  • Elton John and Princess Diana were close friends
  • “Candle In The Wind” was written for Marilyn Monroe
  • As a Tribute to Princess Diana, he remade his classic “Candle In The Wind” song and proceeds went to a Charity in Princess Diana’s honor
  • He auditioned to be the lead vocalist in King Crimson, but was denied
  • In 1979, Elton John was the first western pop star to ever to tour the Soviet Union
  • Elton John shot down Rod Stewart’s balloon from the sky that was promoting his upcoming show. This was John’s revenge because Stewart plugged his own autobiography while presenting John with a Brit Icon award, and nicknaming John as “Sharon”
  • When Rod Stewart decided to hang a banner for his “Blondes Have More Fun Tour,” Elton made a sign saying, “But Brunettes Make More Money” across the street
  • Has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries
  • He started wearing sunglasses to copy his idol, Buddy Holly
  • Owns over a thousand pairs of sunglasses
  • In 1975, he was the 1,662nd person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • John donates most of his royalties to AIDS charities
  • He performed for the 60th time at Madison Square Garden on his 60th Birthday
  • Performed on Soul Train

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