Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sir Elton

Elton John is one of those iconic singers who have stood the test of time. Crazy wild costumes and the big sunglasses at the beginning, and a family man and dad now. And apparently he's gonna be a dad for the second time! They are using the same surrogate mom and now cute little Zachary won't be an only child!

Daniel is one of my favorites.

and, of course, LOVE the jacket!!

In 1973 Elton recorded the original version of Candle in the Wind which was written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. In 1997 he revised the lyrics and re-recorded the song as a single in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

The 1973 version began with the line "Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all" and that was changed to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts" in the 1997 version. Many of the words were changed to portray Princess Diana's life and death. Called Candle in the Wind 1997, it became the biggest-selling single of all time, topping 33 million sold worldwide. 

Elton performed Candle in the Wind 1997 at Princess Diana's funeral in Westminster Abbey. That was the only time he publicly performed it, and he vowed never to perform it again unless asked to by Diana's sons.

He became Sir Elton John in 1998 when he received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "service to music and charitable services."


performing with Miss Piggy

Umm, a bumble bee?

He wore the flamboyant costumes because, as he said, if he was going to sit at a piano for two hours, he wanted people to see him and not be bored! As if.

source: Rolling Stone 
1975 at Dodger Stadium
wearing a Dodger uniform completely covered in rhinestones

source: Rolling Stone
1977 singing Crocodile Rock on the Muppet Show
I do believe that he outshone Big Bird!

source: Rolling Stone
1986 at Madison Square Garden

And now.....

Elton John - Performance 2 - George Pimentel, Wire Image
source: Marina Boy Entertainment
2012 at an HIV/AIDS fundraiser 
at 65, he no longer wears the elaborate costumes
(and hasn't in quite a while)
but there's still some glitz and glam and cool sunglasses!

all the dads

elton john
source: Huffington Post

Did you know that Neil Patrick Harris has TWINS?
Neither did I !!

♥♥♥   Linking Sir Elton to Alphabe-Thursday over at Miss Jenny's where we are studying the letter E

Jenny Matlock



Esther Joy said...

Wow! I knew he had some wild costumes, but you did a great job on posting them for our viewing!

Jamie said...

I love Sir Elton! I just watched his episode of "The Muppet Show" last week on YouTube. Happy to hear that he and David are having another baby.

Kara said...

I have always like Elton as well

storybeader said...

great pics. Love seeing his "costumes" and listening to his wonderful voice. That's amazing about the Princess Diana tribute - didn't know all that! {:-D

Jim said...

I have always liked Elton John. Thank you for posting this tribute to him.

I did get to watch him sing his song to Diana. I hadn't known of the first one.

Erin said...

oh I adore 'Daniel'. It's one of my favourite songs. Thanks for posting it. :-)
Yes Elton is a pretty amazing guy - such talent! Wow.

Merry Christmas!

Judie said...

I had forgotten about all those glamorous costumes! Elton has always been one of my favorites! Such a talent!

Jenny said...

I didn't know he had twins!

He is such an excellent performer!

I actually learned quite a few new facts reading your link this week.

How fun!

Happy New Year and thank you for linking.



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