Sir Elton is 70

@FourWalls (13757)
United States
March 25, 2017 10:48am CST
When I was 14 I discovered Elton John, my first rock music and my teenybopper idol. That was a long time ago. Sir Elton turns seventy today (3/25). Wow. Another "wow" thing is the fact that Elton has been relevant for decades. When I was a teenager most of the girls in my high school were ga-ga over Peter Frampton, thanks to the Frampton Comes Alive album. That was a massive album. One of my favorite trivia questions is: "What was the name of the follow-up to Frampton Comes Alive?" You'd be amazed how many people cannot answer that question. (To save you from looking it up, it was I'm in You.) So, Frampton was a super-dooper star, but only briefly. In contrast, Elton was the #1 male artist of the 1970s, period. Not only that, in terms of Billboard chart history, as complied by music historian Joel Whitburn, Elton is the third biggest chart artist in history. The only two bigger than him? Elvis and the Beatles. Elton has won multiple Grammy awards, an Oscar (for the soundtrack to The Lion King), and has the distinction of having the first album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard album chart (1975's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy). Oh, he was also the second artist to debut at #1 (the follow-up, Rock of the Westies). His re-working of his tribute to Marilyn Monroe, "Candle in the Wind," as a memorial to Princess Diana is the biggest-selling single in history (outselling Bing Crosby's "White Christmas"). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; and, in 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Yeah, this guy has done a thing or two in his life. Happy 70th birthday, Sir Elton!!! Last year I counted down my favorite Elton songs so I won't rehash that. Instead, here's a great early EJ song.
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@JohnRoberts (57070)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Mar 17
Frampton was basically a one album wonder. Thank you, thank you very much for making me feel old as the hills. God, I can remember Your Song when it was new by some guy no one had heard of.
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@FourWalls (13757)
• United States
25 Mar 17
I know. As I said, I was 14 when I discovered him. How'd he get so old?
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@JohnRoberts (57070)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Mar 17
@FourWalls No, how did we get so old? Wasn't high school yesterday?
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@Jon2071 (257)
• United States
25 Mar 17
It makes me feel old too. It also doesn't help that my 8 year old daughter asked me the other day if there were cars when I was a kid.
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@Corbin5 (106411)
• United States
25 Mar 17
Elton sure has had a long run. My favorite is "Tiny Dancer."
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@amadeo (65930)
• United States
25 Mar 17
Happy Birthday Sir Elton. He was the man .Wrote a lot of music for Broadway shows,Billy Elliott,and t here was another one. His earlier one her before Elliott.My mind is blank and sure that you know which one Do you know that I have Candle in the Wind and have not unpacked this at all.Saving it for collector item.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Mar 17
He sure has. I listen to his music often. Why do they have to get old?
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@FourWalls (13757)
• United States
26 Mar 17
Well, it does beat the alternative. And, if you consider how many rockers from the 1970s aren't with us any longer, as someone else said it's quite an accomplishment that he did make it to 70. Especially considering that he partied just as hard as any of the others back then.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Mar 17
@FourWalls .....I'm glad he got over that. I guess they all did at some time. Seems some stayed with it and didn't get off.
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