Elton starts a six-year break from otherwise career-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Recorded when Sir Elton Hercules John was still Pinner, Middlesex teenager Reg Dwight, a classically trained pub pianist and occasional session musician. A fine early career effort from his youthful rhythm and blues outfit. From late period, minimalist gem The Diving Board , EJ evokes the poetry and spiralling piano runs of his early years with this lovely insight into the mind of a blind Deep South bluesman. This is a beautiful song about a fading love. Three years after Rocket Man, space travel again provides inspiration via s comic character Dan Dare. The song was one of the first to use the talkbox, a wacky effects-pedal. According to some liner notes, this driving rocker from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was penned about Alice Cooper before being hurriedly rewritten to be about a tragic lesbian schoolgirl sex worker. A true pro. Elton celebrates with a free concert in Central Park, dressed as Donald Duck.
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Fans who dug deeper into his albums discovered that, if anything, the non-singles were even better than the hits. Last week, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Elton John songs of all time. Click through to see the results, and listen to a playlist of your picks below. They couldn't find a place for it on the album, and it didn't quite fit with the American West vibe of the album. Roughly a year later, John re-cut the song with guitarist Chris Spedding taking the place of Ronson and Rick Wakeman on organ. The result is something that approaches prog rock.
If we were handed the awesome task of handpicking a one-off gig from Sir Elton, these are the songs we'd definitely want on the list. The lyrics describe how it sometimes helps for someone who is feeling blue, to listen to old radio blues tunes. The Story of So sad, you might say. The song tells of a fictional band, of whom the singer is a fan. In interviews, Bernie Taupin has said that the song is a satire on the music industry of the s. This disco-inspired song was recorded with producer Thom Bell back in , as part of a one-off EP. In , it found a new lease of life after a remix was featured in a Sky Sports advert, and it became a surprise number one single. This duet with Kiki Dee reached number one in the UK, and was intended as an affectionate parody of the Motown style of duets in the s. The song was originally intended as a duet with Dusty Springfield, but she became ill at the time, and so singer Kiki Dee stepped in.
Culling the best Elton John songs from his extensive catalog feels like folly in a way. John has won a full slate of music awards, and his charitable work, particular in support of AIDS awareness and research, has been exemplary. And while he stands and will be remembered as one of the most successful pop stars of all time, what will endure are the songs themselves -- including these 20 best Elton John songs from his extensive catalog. There are many strains of John's previous balladry in this lush entry from the "Billy Elliot" musical, but the familiarity breeds anything but contempt as John makes us all feel like we can be "flying like a bird. The subject matter, about a troubled relationship, is a little dark, but is mitigated by an ebullient, finger-snapping performance that modulates to another octave at the end. That's Pete Townshend playing acoustic guitar, by the way. It's mushy and a little maudlin -- but it's great, too, a dynamic gem that unfolds and builds to epic, horn-drenched proportions over its five and a half minutes.