Rocket man...

Elton John, real name Reginald Dwight, is an English singer-songwriter who has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best record sellers of all time.

The figures make you dizzy : no less than 50 Top40, 27 Top10, 4 N°2 and 9 N°1 singles side at the level of the English Charts. 58 Top40 singles side and 7 consecutive albums ranked No. 1 at the level of the American Charts.

Her version of "Candle in the Wind", revamped on the occasion of Lady Di's death, will sell more than 33 million copies !

Little Reginald started playing the piano at the age of 3 and showed obvious composing skills very early on. This is how he won at the age of 11 a school competition at the Royal Academy of Music. He will take courses there for 5 years.

At the age of 15, he started playing in pubs on weekends. And in 1964, he formed his first group "Bluesology".

Things started to pick up in 1967 when he responded to an ad from a music magazine. Announcement that puts him in touch with Ray Williams of Liberty Records. Which makes him meet a certain Bernie Taupin, author of his state. And this meeting will completely upset his destiny.

A first composition "Scarecrow" will see the light of day.

6 months later, Reginald Dwight officially becomes Elton John in reference to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and musician Long John Baldry.

The first single "I’ve been loving you" was released in 1968, followed in 1969 by "Lady Samantha".

The eponymous first album was released in 1970, an album from which the first classified single, namely "Border song", was to be extracted. But it is above all another excerpt, "Yoursong" which will experience considerable and above all global success. The singer's career is this time beautiful and well launched.

In 1972 the album "Madman across the water" was released, with the flagship singles "Levon" and "Tiny dancer". Shortly followed by the album "Honky Chanteau" which will produce the singles "Rocket man" and especially "Honky cat" which will complete a very honorable career in the Charts.

A year later in 1973 the album "Don’t shoot me I’m only the piano player" was released. Album which will give the singer his first mega hit with the enormous “Crocodile rock”. As well as “Daniel” who will still rank N ° 2 across the Atlantic.

The same year released the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", a critically acclaimed album that was very well received by the public. Including the hit “Bennie and the Jets” and the original version of “Candle in the wind”. The singer's notoriety then skyrocketed.

The album “Caribou” was released in 1974, another success and new hit with the single “Don’t let the sun go down on me”. Followed in 1975 by the album "Captain fantastic and the brown dirt cowboy" which caused a stir across the Atlantic. Album from which the flagship single “Someone saved my life tonight” will be extracted. The same year the album “Rock of the Westies” was released with the single hit “Island girl”.

1976 turned out to be an exceptional year with the release of two mega hits, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word” from the album “Blue moves”. But also and above all the transcosmic "Don’t go breaking my heart", in duet with Kiki Dee, single which is one of the biggest hits of that year. The singer achieved the status of a planetary mega star.

That same year, he announced that he was bisexual.

Little air hole in 1978 with an album "A single man" which did not meet the success of the preceding ones and a Bernie Taupin who began to work with other singers. 1979 will be even worse with an album "Victim of love" which turns out to be a failure.

Business resumed in 1980 with the release of the album "21 at 33" whose hit single "Little Jeannie" brought the singer back to center stage.

New hole in 1981 with the album "The fox" which misses the public. The album "Jump up! "Which came out in 1982 will do slightly better but nothing more thanks to the single" Empty garden (Hey hey Johnny).

A resounding comeback in 1983 with the album "Too low for zero" which brought on a silver platter two mega hits that are "I'm still standing" and "I guess that’s why they call it the blues". The same year he married his sound engineer Renate Blaued.

Slow down in 1985 with the release of the album "Breaking hearts" which was saved by the single hit "Sad songs (say no much)". Short-term drop in power because the album "Ice on fire" is released, from which the magnificent "Nikita" will be extracted.

The album "Leather jackets" came out in 1986 and the effect "one hit is good, one hit is not good" happened again, it was a relative failure.

In 1987 he went to the infirmary for an operation to remove polyps on his vocal cords. Operation successful but the singer's voice is changed.

The year after in 1988 released the album "Reg strikes back" which saw the single "I don’t wanna go on with you like that" getting very good cores. He also participates in the title "That’s what friends are for" with Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder in particular. Title that will make a real planetary success.

But it was 1989 that brought him one of his most enormous hits with the sumptuous and languid "Sacrifice", single from the album "Sleeping with the past".

But here ends our dive into the life of this extraordinary artist, who will have marked several decades like few others before him. Both for its whimsical side, sometimes bordering on caricature, and for the exceptional quality of its discography.

Other albums and singles would come out later, some of them huge ...

But that will be the subject of another article. To be continued !

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • I've been loving you 1968

  • Lady Samantha 1969

  • Border song 1970

  • Your song 1970

  • Friends 1971

  • Levon 1971

  • Tiny dancer 1971

  • Rocket man 1972

  • Honky cat 1972

  • Crocodile rock 1972

  • Daniel 1973

  • Saturday night's alright for fighting 1973

  • Goodbye yellow brick road 1973

  • Step into Christmas 1973

  • Bennie and the Jets 1974

  • Candle in the wind 1974

  • Don't let the sun go down on me 1974

  • The bitch is back 1974

  • Philadelphia freedom 1975

  • Someone saved my life tonight 1975

  • Island girl 1975

  • Grow some funk of your own 1976

  • Don’t go breaking my heart 1976

  • Sorry seems to be the hardest word 1976

  • Bite your lip (Get up and dance!) 1977

  • Ego 1978

  • Part time love 1978

  • Song for guy 1978

  • Are you ready for love 1979

  • Mama can't buy you love 1979

  • Victim of love 1979

  • Little Jeannie 1980

  • Sartorial eloquence (Don't ya wanna play this game no more ?) 1980

  • Nobody wins 1981

  • Chloe 1981

  • Blue eyes 1982

  • Empty garden (Hey hey Johnny) 1982

  • I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues 1983

  • I’m still standing 1983

  • Kiss the bride 1983

  • Cold as Christmas 1983

  • Sad songs 1984

  • Passengers 1984

  • Who wears these choes 1984

  • In neon 1984

  • Act of war 1985

  • That's what friends are for 1985

  • Nikita 1985

  • Wrap her up 1985

  • Cry to heaven 1986

  • Heartache all over the world 1986

  • Slow rivers 1986

  • Flames of paradise 1987

  • I don't wanna go on with you like that 1988

  • A word in spanish 1988

  • Through the storm 1989

  • Healing hands 1989

  • Sacrifice 1989

  • Whispers 1989

  • Amazes me 1989

  • Club at the end of the street 1990

  • You gotta love someone 1990

  • Easier to walk away 1990

  • The one 1992

  • Runaway train 1992

  • The last song 1992

  • Simple life 1993

  • True love 1993

  • Can you feel the love tonight 1994

  • Circle of life 1994

  • Believe 1995

  • Made in England 1995

  • Blessed 1995

  • You can make history (Young again) 1996

  • Live like horses 1996

  • Something about the way you look tonight 1997

  • Recover your soul 1998

  • If the river can bend 1998

  • Written in the stars 1999

  • Someday out of the blue 2000

  • Perfect day 2001

  • I want love 2001

  • This train d'ont stop anymore 2002

  • Original sin 2002

  • Sorry seems to be the hardest word 2002

  • The heart of every girl 2003

  • All that I'm allowed (I'm thankfull) 2004

  • Turn the lights out when you leave 2005

  • Electricity 2005

  • Dreamland 2005

  • The bridge 2006

  • Joseph, better you than me 2008

  • If it wasn't for bad 2010

  • Good morning to the night 2012

  • Sad 2012

  • Save rock and roll 2013

  • Face to face 2013

  • Home again 2013

  • Can't stay alone tonight 2014

  • Looking up 2015

  • Blue wonderful 2016

  • A good heart 2016

  • All in the name 2016

  • Running back to you 2017

  • High 2018

  • (I'm gonna) Love me again 2019

  • Learn to fly 2020

  • Chosen family 2021

  • Cold heart 2021

  • After all 2021

  • Finish line 2021

  • Always love you 2021

  • Merry Christma