Elton John is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, with 1 diamond, 40 platinum, multi-platinum, 23 gold albums, 50 Top 40 hits and sold more than 300 million records. In his life, he has encountered an impossible amount of success including the record for the best-selling single of all time in both the UK and the USA.
The song “Candle in the Wind” (1997) is a new recording of the song “Candle in the Wind”, which Elton John and his longtime vocalist Bernie Taupin wrote for Marilyn Monroe. John re-recorded the song for the album in honour of Princess Diana of Wales, who died in a car crash in 1997. Two years later came The Bigger Picture (1997), an album Elton had written with his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupins.
The Big Picture (1997), an album created entirely by Elton and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, was dedicated to his longtime friend and fashion designer Gianni Versace (August 2017 ) who was killed just months before its release. Another four years would pass before Elton John’s next studio album the excellent Songs from the West Coast (2001), whose many regards as reminiscent of his classic 1970s albums where guitarist Davey Johnstone and drummer Nigel Olsson Gary Barlow replaced backing vocals.
Three years later Peachtree Road, named after the street of Atlanta where Elton lives, was produced by Elton, the only one in his long career. With lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Elton claimed to have finished “Your Song from the 1970s” in 15 minutes.
When Elton and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin wrote the 1976 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” they used the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Elton Carte Blanche, respectively, and “Bernie Taupin.”.
Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have authored more than 30 albums together. In addition to Elton John, other notable collaborations include his work on films and stage musicals. It is easy to forget that he not only performs songs from films but also writes the music for them and their stage adaptations.
The music to the songs of The Lion King and their stage adaptation proved to be one of the most successful collaborations between him and Disney. In 1992 he released a US number 8 album, One, which featured the hit “One.”.
In 2013, he released Diving Board, his 30th studio album, produced by T-Bone Burnett. His tribute single “Candles in the Wind” (1997), written with a dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales has sold over 3.3 million copies and is the best selling single in the history of the British and US single chart charts. In February 2016, he released his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night with positive reviews.
John also released a live compilation album entitled Elton John: One Night of Greatest Hits that included songs from his shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City that same year. Sir Elton John’s CBES tribute single, re-written with a dedication to the late Princess Diana, “Candles in the Wind” (1997), has sold over 3.3 million copies and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles chart. Elton John, the full name Sir Elton Hercule john, original name Reginald Kenneth Dwight (born March 25th 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex ( England ), British singer, composer, pianist and one of the most popular entertainers of the late 20th century.
Sir Elton Hercules John (born 25 March 1947 as Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer . John has collaborated with the lyricist Bernie Taupin on more than 30 albums since 1967 and sold over 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. A 10-year career that is still strong, punctuated by numerous hit singles and albums, peppered with enough creative highlights and artistic accomplishments to fill several lives.
The two are the men who have released some of the most enduring songs in the history of rock and roll. Empty Sky (1968), The Elton John Connection (1970) and Madman in the Water (1971) were her first attempts at mainstream success. From there they turned into a well-oiled machine, famous for fantastic-sounding singles, albums and deep cuts on the way to the most memorable hits of all time.
After producing one album a year, Elton John released in 1978 a single Man with a new lyricist Gary Osborne and produced a single that made it into the Top 20 in the US. Two of Man’s singles were released in the UK, Part Time Love and Guys, which both reached the Top 20 in the UK and the latter reached the Top 5. John and Taupin reunited in 1979, but they didn’t work together on a full album until 1983’s Low Zero. In the 1970s his hit single “All Your Songs” of his second album became John’s first top ten in the UK and the US.
John’s most successful periods from 1970 to 1976 included Honky Chateau (1972), Don’t Shoot Me Now (Piano Player, 1973) and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) as well as his greatest hits compilation of which the latter were official bestsellers. John worked with Lion King collaborator Tim Rice for his next project to write songs for the Disney Broadway musical adaptation of Aida’s story, an album of her efforts with contemporary pop musicians. It was released in early 1999 and at the end of the year was named gold.
In the late 2000s, Johns landed a TV special on CBS to perform a selection of his greatest hits in Madison Square Garden. An accompanying album was pulled from the shows and a one-night edition of the special was broadcast. In the 1970s, the single “All Your Songs” from his second album Elton John became the first hit single to top ten in the UK and in the US. After decades of commercial and chart success, John achieved success in musical theatre in the West End and Broadway, writing music for The Lion King, the film production Aida and Billy Elliot: The Musical.