This year, in recognition of the half-century since his first single and album release in the UK, Steam Fair FM dedicates its’ hourly feature to one of the true British musical “greats”, Elton John.
During the 1960s, ace piano player and singer Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to the more memorable Elton John, and in 1967 at the age of 20, teamed up with the person who would become his lifelong songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.
Released 50 years ago this year, “Lady Samantha” became Elton’s first single, and although not a hit, it will deservedly be aired as part of our package of Elton’s greatest. In June 1969 the album “Empty Sky” was released, failing to make much impact despite critical acclaim.
Then in 1970, Elton scored his first blockbuster hit with “Your Song” which became a worldwide smash. He went on to achieve an incredible 71 top 40 hits in the UK, and in the USA his 57 top 40 hits over the decades places him second only to Elvis!
He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
He has owned Watford football club on two separate occasions, bringing it much appreciated publicity and recognition, and is now honorary life president.
Few will ever forget Elton’s moving performance at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. His specially re-written version of “Candle In The Wind” captured the nation’s emotions at the time, and became one of the best selling records ever.
The following year, he was knighted by the Queen, and now carries the title “Sir”
Alongside the release of the blockbuster movie “Rocketman” this year, Elton continues his 300-venue Farewell Tour known as the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”. Crossing four different continents, the tour will finally conclude in 2021. As Elton says “It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life”
To quote a familiar line, the candle may well burn out , but the legend never will.