History Music / EltonJohn

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* BuryYourGays: "All the Girls Love Alice," the ballad of a teenage lesbian prostitute who tragically dies young.

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* BuryYourGays: "All the Girls Love Alice," Alice", the ballad of a teenage lesbian prostitute who tragically dies young.



** Before being signed, Elton sang on soundalike low-budget recordings of famous songs of the day marketed to Woolworth's stores, similar to the "Drew's Famous" or "Countdown Singers" albums one finds at department stores nowadays. Occasionally, to capitalize on Elton's later success, you'll find albums like "Chartbusters Go Pop!" or "16 Legendary Covers" featuring these recordings. Witness his covers of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4okU1j9he2Q Spirit In The Sky]]" by Norman Greenbaum, or, erm, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tmKSg5g8S0 Young, Gifted And Black]]" by Music/ArethaFranklin!
** He also covered Music/FleetwoodMac's "Don't Stop" for a ''Rumours'' tribute album in [[TheNineties 1998]].

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** Before being signed, Elton sang on soundalike low-budget recordings of famous songs of the day marketed to Woolworth's stores, similar to the "Drew's Famous" or "Countdown Singers" albums one finds at department stores nowadays. Occasionally, to capitalize on Elton's later success, you'll find albums like "Chartbusters Go Pop!" or "16 Legendary Covers" featuring these recordings. Witness his covers of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4okU1j9he2Q Spirit In The in the Sky]]" by Norman Greenbaum, or, erm, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tmKSg5g8S0 Young, Gifted And and Black]]" by Music/ArethaFranklin!
** He also covered Music/FleetwoodMac's "Don't Stop" for a ''Rumours'' ''Music/{{Rumours}}'' tribute album in [[TheNineties 1998]].



** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his knowing grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[/note]]

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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the in the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium Valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his knowing grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[/note]]



* EpicRocking: His most notable examples include "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe", "Tonight", "Gulliver/Hay Chewed/Reprise". However, he tends to have at least one song on most of his albums that passes the six-minute mark. For example, ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' has the 6:42 "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and the 6:18 "Curtains". He insisted on the former being the only single from the album, and refused to let it be edited in length. It became a huge hit despite its lengthy running time.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In 1992, he got a hair implant as he switched from CampGay to StraightGay. The orange hair dye is emblematic of his switch from "reflective singer-songwriter Elton" to the glam period of 1972-76.

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* EpicRocking: His most notable examples include "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe", "Tonight", "Gulliver/Hay Chewed/Reprise". However, he tends to have at least one song on most of his albums that passes the six-minute mark. For example, ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' has the 6:42 "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and the 6:18 "Curtains". He insisted on the former being the only single from the album, and refused to let it be edited in length. It became a huge hit despite its lengthy running time.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In 1992, he got a hair implant as he switched from CampGay to StraightGay. The orange hair dye is emblematic of his switch from "reflective singer-songwriter Elton" to the glam period of 1972-76.197276.



* NoTitle: "This Song Has No Title" is--paradoxically enough--an aversion.

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* NoTitle: "This Song Has No Title" is--paradoxically enough--an is paradoxically enough an aversion.



* ProtestSong: Some of his songs have subtle elements of this. "Daniel" is a UsefulNotes/VietnamWar vet (although it's subtle; a cut verse would have made this clearer), while "Ticking," an account of a gun massacre that killed fourteen people, is a protest of UsefulNotes/AmericanGunCulture. Furthermore, as mentioned above, "Belfast" is a protest against UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland.
* RagsToRiches: "Levon," to the extent that anyone can make sense of the lyrics, is apparently one of these stories; Levon's father, Alvin Tostig, is a poor man with high expectations for his son, Levon himself has apparently made a fortune selling party supplies (especially cartoon balloons), and his son Jesus has ambitions far beyond the party store that Levon can't quite accept.

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* ProtestSong: Some of his songs have subtle elements of this. "Daniel" is a UsefulNotes/VietnamWar vet (although it's subtle; a cut verse would have made this clearer), while "Ticking," "Ticking", an account of a gun massacre that killed fourteen 14 people, is a protest of UsefulNotes/AmericanGunCulture. Furthermore, as mentioned above, "Belfast" is a protest against UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland.
* RagsToRiches: "Levon," "Levon", to the extent that anyone can make sense of the lyrics, is apparently one of these stories; Levon's father, Alvin Tostig, is a poor man with high expectations for his son, Levon himself has apparently made a fortune selling party supplies (especially cartoon balloons), and his son Jesus has ambitions far beyond the party store that Levon can't quite accept.



** "The Bitch Is Back." Often, his outrageous costumes and goofy glasses ran on this, in a more clean-cut way, along with RuleOfFun and UpToEleven. WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck suits, EiffelTower hats, six-foot tall Mohawks, the glasses that lit up E-L-T-O-N. His 50th birthday saw him attend a costume party in a Louis XIV costume with a giant wig, where he had to be lifted off a truck via a crane. And that was ''after'' he toned down the costumes/glasses.

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** "The Bitch Is Back." Back". Often, his outrageous costumes and goofy glasses ran on this, in a more clean-cut way, along with RuleOfFun and UpToEleven. WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck suits, EiffelTower hats, six-foot tall Mohawks, the glasses that lit up E-L-T-O-N. His 50th birthday saw him attend a costume party in a Louis XIV costume with a giant wig, where he had to be lifted off a truck via a crane. And that was ''after'' he toned down the costumes/glasses.



* RockstarSong: "Bennie and the Jets," "I'm Gonna Be a Teenage Idol" and some others, including the entire ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''The Captain & the Kid'' albums.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
* SelfTitledAlbum: His second album, and his [[BreakthroughHit breakthrough]].

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* RockstarSong: "Bennie and the Jets," Jets", "I'm Gonna Be a Teenage Idol" and some others, including the entire ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''The Captain & the Kid'' albums.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
Road".
* SelfTitledAlbum: His second album, and his [[BreakthroughHit breakthrough]].{{Breakthrough|Hit}}.



** His 1973 album, ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'' was reportedly named after a joking response Elton made to his friend Creator/GrouchoMarx when the comedian teased him that it would make more sense for the singer to call himself John Elton. The album cover takes it further, showing a couple buying tickets outside a marquee to a nighttime movie, with a poster of ''[[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Go West]]'' on display to the right.

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** His 1973 album, ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The the Piano Player'' was reportedly named after a joking response Elton made to his friend Creator/GrouchoMarx when the comedian teased him that it would make more sense for the singer to call himself John Elton. The album cover takes it further, showing a couple buying tickets outside a marquee to a nighttime movie, with a poster of ''[[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Go West]]'' on display to the right.



* VocalRangeExceeded: By Elton's 1986 "Tour De Force" concert tour promoting ''Leather Jackets'', one in which Elton and his band would be accompanied for part of the set list by a symphony orchestra, Elton would suffer increasing vocal problems due to frequent marijuana and alcohol abuse, bulimic binging and purging and drug-fueled vocal oversinging and misuse, culminating in the recording of the concert film and live album ''Live In Australia'', where he very clearly is struggling throughout the concert from vocal strain and laryngitis. Doctors would soon discover non-cancerous, though career-threatening, nodules in his throat. Surgery done in 1987 would prove successful, but would vocally put Elton out of commission for several months. When he returned by late 1987 at a Prince's Trust concert special, his tenor vocal range [[VocalEvolution would be lowered to a baritone]].
* WordSaladLyrics: "Levon", "Take Me to the Pilot", "Solar Prestige a Gammon". The latter was a deliberate attempt to invoke TheWalrusWasPaul, and, like many other examples of the trope, got heavily analysed anyway.

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* VocalRangeExceeded: By Elton's 1986 "Tour De Force" concert tour promoting ''Leather Jackets'', one in which Elton and his band would be accompanied for part of the set list by a symphony orchestra, Elton would suffer increasing vocal problems due to frequent marijuana and alcohol abuse, bulimic binging and purging and drug-fueled vocal oversinging and misuse, culminating in the recording of the concert film and live album ''Live In in Australia'', where he very clearly is struggling throughout the concert from vocal strain and laryngitis. Doctors would soon discover non-cancerous, though career-threatening, nodules in his throat. Surgery done in 1987 would prove successful, but would vocally put Elton out of commission for several months. When he returned by late 1987 at a Prince's Trust concert special, his tenor vocal range [[VocalEvolution would be lowered to a baritone]].
* WordSaladLyrics: "Levon", "Take Me to the Pilot", "Solar Prestige a Gammon". The latter was a deliberate attempt to invoke TheWalrusWasPaul, and, and like many other examples of the trope, got heavily analysed anyway.
(over-)analysed anyway.
8th Jan '18 12:34:12 PM bt8257
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Changing his name by deed poll to "Elton Hercules John" in 1970 (''Elton'' for saxophonist Elton Dean, ''John'' for a singer Reg's old band Bluesology backed up, Long John Baldry, and ''Hercules'', well from a racehorse in BritCom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''), Elton (with Bernie's lyrics in tow) would gain a reputation as a singer-songwriter-pianist par excellence. By 1972, he had begun to wear increasingly flamboyant costumes, clothes and eyeglasses, which became a trademark for him until the mid-[[TheEighties 1980s]]. He became an unexpected superstar, with a string of highly successful albums such as ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''Madman Across the Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'', ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' (a double), and ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy''. His success tapered by the late-[[TheSeventies 1970s]], especially after outing himself in 1976. In the meantime, he appeared in the film ''Born to Boogie'' as himself, and in ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' singing "Pinball Wizard".

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Changing his name by deed poll to "Elton Hercules John" in 1970 (''Elton'' for saxophonist Elton Dean, ''John'' for a singer Reg's old band Bluesology backed up, Long John Baldry, and ''Hercules'', well from a racehorse in BritCom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''), Elton (with Bernie's lyrics in tow) would gain a reputation as a singer-songwriter-pianist par excellence. By 1972, he had begun to wear increasingly flamboyant costumes, clothes and eyeglasses, which became a trademark for him until the mid-[[TheEighties 1980s]]. He became an unexpected superstar, with a string of highly successful albums such as ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''Madman Across the Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The the Piano Player'', ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' (a double), and ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy''. His success tapered by the late-[[TheSeventies 1970s]], especially after outing himself in 1976. In the meantime, he appeared in the film ''Born to Boogie'' as himself, and in ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' singing "Pinball Wizard".
8th Jan '18 12:33:44 PM bt8257
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Changing his name by deed poll to "Elton Hercules John" in 1970 (''Elton'' for saxophonist Elton Dean, ''John'' for a singer Reg's old band Bluesology backed up, Long John Baldry, and ''Hercules'', well from a racehorse in BritCom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''), Elton (with Bernie's lyrics in tow) would gain a reputation as a singer-songwriter-pianist par excellence. By 1972, he had begun to wear increasingly flamboyant costumes, clothes and eyeglasses, which became a trademark for him until the mid-[[TheEighties 1980s]]. He became an unexpected superstar, with a string of highly successful albums such as ''Tumbleweed Connection,'' ''Madman Across the Water,'' ''Honky Chateau,'' ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,'' ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' (a double), and ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.'' His success tapered by the late-[[TheSeventies 1970s]], especially after outing himself in 1976. In the meantime, he appeared in the film ''Born To Boogie'' as himself, and in ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' singing "Pinball Wizard."

He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and successfully rehabilitated himself from drugs, alcohol and bulimia in 1991. He later helped score ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with Tim Rice in 1994 (winning an Oscar), and co-authored several Broadway musicals, including ''The Lion King,'' ''Lestat'', ''Aida,'' and ''Billy Elliot''. He received a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever knighted]] in 1998. A theatrical revue of his songs, featuring Sir Elton in concert amid elaborate staging, films and props, titled "The Red Piano,'' opened in Las Vegas in 2004 and closed in 2009.

He has performed at Live Aid, Live 8, the Freddie Mercury Concert For Life and the Concert For Diana. He has also performed at the funeral for Princess Diana in 1997, singing a revised rendition of his 1973 hit "Candle In The Wind." "Candle In The Wind 1997," produced by Beatles producer Sir George Martin, became the most successful single of all time at 37 million copies, all royalties donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

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Changing his name by deed poll to "Elton Hercules John" in 1970 (''Elton'' for saxophonist Elton Dean, ''John'' for a singer Reg's old band Bluesology backed up, Long John Baldry, and ''Hercules'', well from a racehorse in BritCom ''Series/SteptoeAndSon''), Elton (with Bernie's lyrics in tow) would gain a reputation as a singer-songwriter-pianist par excellence. By 1972, he had begun to wear increasingly flamboyant costumes, clothes and eyeglasses, which became a trademark for him until the mid-[[TheEighties 1980s]]. He became an unexpected superstar, with a string of highly successful albums such as ''Tumbleweed Connection,'' Connection'', ''Madman Across the Water,'' Water'', ''Honky Chateau,'' Chateau'', ''Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,'' Player'', ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad'' (a double), and ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.'' Cowboy''. His success tapered by the late-[[TheSeventies 1970s]], especially after outing himself in 1976. In the meantime, he appeared in the film ''Born To to Boogie'' as himself, and in ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' singing "Pinball Wizard."

Wizard".

He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and successfully rehabilitated himself from drugs, alcohol and bulimia in 1991. He later helped score ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with Tim Rice in 1994 (winning an Oscar), and co-authored several Broadway musicals, including ''The Lion King,'' King'', ''Lestat'', ''Aida,'' ''Aida'', and ''Billy Elliot''. He received a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever knighted]] in 1998. A theatrical revue of his songs, featuring Sir Elton in concert amid elaborate staging, films and props, titled "The Red Piano,'' Piano'', opened in Las Vegas in 2004 and closed in 2009.

He has performed at Live Aid, Live 8, the Freddie Mercury Concert For Life and the Concert For Diana. He has also performed at the funeral for Princess Diana in 1997, singing a revised rendition of his 1973 hit "Candle In The Wind." in the Wind". "Candle In The in the Wind 1997," 1997", produced by Beatles producer Sir George Martin, became the most successful single of all time at 37 million copies, all royalties donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
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* AdamWesting: In ''KingsmanTheGoldenCircle''.
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* ''BillyElliot The Musical'' (2005)

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* ''BillyElliot ''Theatre/BillyElliot The Musical'' (2005)
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* PrecisionFStrike: "The Bitch Is Back", "The bitch is in her smile" from "Bad Blood" which he did (usually uncredited) with Music/NeilSedaka.
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* ''TheRoadToElDorado'' (2000)

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* ''TheRoadToElDorado'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' (2000)
21st Mar '17 3:16:48 PM Schroeder1174
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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[/note]]

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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his knowing grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[/note]]
21st Mar '17 3:16:18 PM Schroeder1174
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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[//note]]

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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[//note]]"[[/note]]
21st Mar '17 3:15:49 PM Schroeder1174
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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[//note]].

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** Elton made two notable attempts at suicide -- one after heiress girlfriend Linda Woodrow falsely told him she was pregnant and that he was the father, then suggested he choose between her or his music -- as documented in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"[[note]]Bernie Taupin refers to this, with some dark humor, as Elton's "Woody Allen attempt" due to Elton leaving the gas on the the kitchen, but unintentionally leaving the windows open[[/note]] and once in Los Angeles in 1975 intentionally in front of his visiting mother and grandmother, who were joining him for the unveiling of his star at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and concert at Dodger Stadium, by downing fifty valium and attempting to drown himself in the hotel pool[[note]]Elton pool.[[note]]Elton recalls that at the sight of this, and thinking Elton was acting a bit melodramatic, his grandmother deadpanned, "Well, I guess we'd better get going, then."[[//note]]."[[//note]]
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