LIFESTYLE

10 Interesting Facts About Elton John

Date January 10, 2018 14:34

Elton John has been active in the music scene since 1963. This singer, pianist, and composer has to his credit several collaborations with numerous artists. Bernice Taupin has been his career-long collaborator and together, the pair had worked on over 30 studio albums.

He has sold over 300 million records, a feat that earned him a title as one of the best-selling music artists in the world. And the awards he has received are phenomenal.  Five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Tony, and a Golden Globe. These only scratch the surface.

A knighthood was bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. The accolades are endless, but we did manage to compile a few facts about the music icon that you probably did not know.

Embed from Getty Images

1. His birth name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight and he was born March 25th, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England.

Embed from Getty Images

2. The name 'Elton John' which he is popularly known by is a tribute to his mentors, saxophonist Elton Dean and vocalist Long John Baldry.

Embed from Getty Images

Embed from Getty Images

He also chose Hercules for a middle name. But his reference was not the Grecian demi-god. Hercules was also a horse on Steptoe and Son, the British sitcom that aired in 1962.

Embed from Getty Images

3. His father who was a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force was not particularly fond of Elton making a career in music. His attempts to turn Elton into a banker failed.

Embed from Getty Images

The years that followed saw Elton appearing in fantastical outfits that were more a sign of freedom from a sheltered childhood.

4. These days, he appears in classy suits. The same could not be said when he started out. Elton was famous for his brightly colored outfits. It was all gleaming jewelry and carnival glasses with flashing lights.

Embed from Getty Images

Among some of his memorable outfits is his costume as the Statue of Liberty and Donald Duck.

Embed from Getty Images

5. Elton is also godfather to some famous children. Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham (the Beckham kids) are some of the most memorable.

Embed from Getty Images

6. He loves his glasses and owns more than a thousand pairs. There have been rumors since 2013 that the icon dedicated an entire bedroom to store his collection of glasses. He continues to deny the claims and there has never been any proof.

Embed from Getty Images

7. Elton John wrote most of his most popular songs with old friend and lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Elton steers musical composition while Bernie takes the lead on writing.

Embed from Getty Images

8. It was not until 1986 that Elton john won his first Grammy. And it was not a solo award. He shared it with fellow singers, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight . The song was 'That’s What Friends Are For' and it was awarded in the category for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.

Embed from Getty Images

9. He was knighted by the Queen of England and named 'Commander of the Order of the British Empire'. Thus, Elton’s formal address is Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE. This is the third highest rank in Britain’s Order of Chivalry.

Embed from Getty Images

10. With a career spanning over five decades, Sir Elton had played in over 80 countries around the world and in more than 3,500 concerts.

Embed from Getty Images

Elton and his band will be performing a tribute concert at the Theater, Madison Square Garden, on January 30th.

The concert is a tribute to Elton and will also feature Grammy winners Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban.

READ ALSO: Elton John Pays Touching Tribute To His Mom After Her Funeral

Elton John