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.
Elton John Auctioned Everything So He Could Start Again
Shopping-mad star wanted a reset amid the collapse of his first marriage and a wayward career.
35 Years Ago: Elton John Reboots Himself With ‘Reg Strikes Back’
Preceding 'Leather Jackets' was by his own admission one of his worst records – if not the worst.
When Elton John Ordered His People to Change the Weather
He admits he was deluded with drugs when he told his record company to stop the wind blowing outside his hotel in 1988.
Elton John Says Set Lists Should Be Like Having Sex
He's going to prove his point with unique performance at Glastonbury Festival.
Elton John Says America Is 'Going Backwards' With Anti-LGBTQ Laws
He specifically pointed to "laws enacted in Florida," describing them as "disgraceful."
40 Years Ago: Elton John Roars Back With 'Too Low for Zero'
First, he had to reconnect with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and his classic-era band.
40 Years Ago: 'The Blues' Gives Elton John a Comeback
Rocket Man reunited with '70s colleagues and scored his biggest hit in years.
Reissue Roundup: Winter Sets From Pink Floyd, Elton John and More
Box sets, expanded classic albums and previously unreleased recordings highlight the latest batch of archival recordings.
Elton John Out-Triangles Jack Harlow in Doritos Super Bowl Ad
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Missy Elliott tries to intervene as the voice of reason.
Elton John Expands 'Honky Chateau' With Live Concert and Demos
His first No. 1 album is home to the singles "Rocket Man" and "Honky Cat."