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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.

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Billy Joel Has Patched Things Up With Elton John

Billy Joel says there are no hard feelings between he and Elton John anymore.

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Elton John Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Elton John Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ultimate Classic Rock counts down every Elton John album, from worst to best.

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41 Years Ago: Elton John’s ‘Caribou’ Isn’t a Classic, But It’s Close

Elton John's 'Caribou' is a step down from some of his best-known '70s albums, but still has its charms.

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Rob Loud / Mauricio Santana / Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Fleetwood Mac, Robert Plant and Elton John Postpone Shows Due to Illness

There must be something going around among members of the British rock aristocracy, because three of its most prominent members have recently been forced to postpone tour dates.

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46 Years Ago: Elton John Releases His Debut Album, ‘Empty Sky’

Elton John's debut album was released in the U.K. in June 1969.

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Roger Jackson, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Elton John Releases a Concept Album About How Awesome He Is

Elton John's 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' dialed back the commercial aspirations of his previous LPs to focus on something more personal.

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Elton John Backs Bruce Jenner

Elton John has called Bruce Jenner "incredibly brave" for his decision to live as a woman.

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Robin Jones, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Elton John’s Heart-Shaped Glasses Have Been Stolen

A pair of Elton John's famous heart-shaped glasses were stolen from a museum yesterday.

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45 Years Ago: Elton John Begins His First World Tour

On April 21, 1970, Elton John set out on his first world tour as a solo artist. By the time it was over, his entire life would change.

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45 Years Ago: Elton John Releases Second Album, Scores Breakthrough Hit

Elton John's first album was not a hit.

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