If we can learn anything from Sir Elton John, it’s that even if you’re born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, it’s perfectly okay to rechristen yourself Elton Hercules John and embark from your humble beginnings on a multi-faceted career of musical fabulousness.
Known to many for his over-the-top showmanship and glittery outfits, John is a talented singer, songwriter, pianist and composer who has garnered more than 50 Top 40 hits; earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Tony Award; been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and been knighted by the queen, among other honors, in addition to composing for stage (“Billy Elliot”, “Aida”) and screen (“The Lion King” and “Gnomeo & Juliet”, which used some classic John songs as well as new compositions).
Remarkably, he charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996. (Allmusic.com)
John’s music ranges from poignant ballads to rollicking, piano-heavy pop. After starting out backing blues and R&B acts, John embraced glam rock in the 1970s and 80s, with all its musical and costumey excess. Over the decades he’s played around with disco, country, easy listening and progressive rock, among other influences.
From his longtime (more than 50 years) and fruitful (more than 30 albums) collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin to duetting with Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Gaga, Jack White or Ed Sheeran, John is always open to collaboration and both learning from and inspiring others.
We can’t wait to see you put your own fabulous spin (and perhaps rhinestone glasses) on these hits.