Elton John pretty much ruled radio in the mid ‘70s. He released an unbroken string of six No. 1 albums, starting with his first classic, 1972’s ‘Honky Chateau,’ and including his 1973 masterpiece, the two-record set ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ and the 1975 autobiographical concept album ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy,’ which he wrote with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. His 1974 ‘Greatest Hits’ collection remains one of the bestselling albums ever released, and for good reason: The 10-song set contains some of the best songs to grace the airwaves during the first half of the ‘70s. John has stayed busy over the years, releasing chart-topping soundtrack records, duet projects and occasionally ambitious albums that combine nostalgia with a sharp sense of mortality. On top of all this, he’s a consummate showman, a piano player with style, elegance and the good sense to wear a duck costume onstage from time to time.
Birthday: March 25, 1947
Selected Discography: ‘Honky Chateau’ (1972), ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ (1973), ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’ (1975)
Very few music lovers are narrow-minded enough to focus strictly on one genre, but we often find it hard to imagine that our favorite artists are open-minded too, so it can be surprising to learn how eclectic their tastes are. Take, for example, the members of Slayer.
We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.
It's easy to complain about singing competition shows like 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice.' They value karaoke-style singing over performing one's own material, they favor pop flash over personal grit and they've spawned dozens of similar-sounding artists. But when Elton John looks out over the would-be pop stars on TV, he just feels pity.
On Oct. 25 and 26, 1975, Elton John performed two sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Imagine for a moment what it would be like if one of those was the first rock concert you ever went to. Now, meet our new friend Doug Fox, who was indeed just that lucky, and is here to tell us all about it:
Elton John -- "dull?" David Bowie -- an "amateur?" These were the opinions of the BBC before the singers became famous, according to newly discovered notes that will be used in an upcoming documentary.
It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.
*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.
Welcome back to Ultimate Classic Rock
It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your Facebook account.