Monday, November 25, 2013

I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free!*

I have been a Huge fan of Elton John’s for as long as I can remember.  When I was a little girl I used to call him Melton.  Ever since then, my whole family still refers to Sir Elton John as Melton.

To me, Melton is one of the many beautiful things in this World.  He and his music have been a part of my life for nearly 40 years.

Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts; behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles.  (Go Melton!!)

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight.  And at age three was when he first played piano.  He amazed his family by playing the Skater’s Waltz by ear.

At 11 years of age, he was given a Junior Exhibitor Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he attended the Academy on Saturday mornings for four years.

Elton has achieved 36 gold albums and 25 platinum albums.  He holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.

Over five decaces since his career began in 1969, he has played more than 3,000 concerts Worldwide.

Elton has sold more than 300 million records in his five-decade career.  He has 56 Top 40 singles.  In a three-year span (1972-1975) he has had seven #1 albums.  Every year from 1970 to 1996 he has had a Top 40 single.

He was awarded the Best British Male Artist Brit Award in 1991, the Polar Music Award in 1995, the Grammy Legend Award in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 and 12 Ivor Novello Awards; 1973-2000.

He was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.  And he has won five Grammy Awards; 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000.

He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996.  And on February 24th, 1998 he became Sir Elton Hercules John when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in acknowledgement of his contribution to music and fund-raising for AIDS charities.

Elton has released 31 studio albums, five live albums, five soundtracks, 19 compilations, 14 video releases, four musicals and one tribute album.

At age 66, Elton John is still going strong.  On September 24th, 2013 he released his 31st studio album entitled The Diving Board; and is currently touring.

On November 14th, 2013 my husband and I attended an Elton John concert for the very first time.  I was beyond excited that he was actually performing close to where I live.  I never thought I would get a chance to see him live.  To me he has always been larger than life.

Elton John is by far the best concert I have ever attended.  He performed for three hours straight.  After almost every song, he would stand up and acknowledge the crowd.  He even jumped up onto the top of his piano during one of his songs.  He gave his all in this performance.

I am so glad that I was able to attend one of his performances.  It has truly made me love him and his music even more.

(*The title of my blog is one of my favorite lyrics from Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me!)

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 ~ Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 ~ Washington, D.C. Verizon Center

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