History Music / EltonJohn

25th Jun '16 6:57:34 PM Schroeder1174
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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 on a portion 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]].

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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 on a portion 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]].
25th Jun '16 6:56:12 PM Schroeder1174
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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 on a portion 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]].
18th Jun '16 3:21:52 PM Premonition45
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* BecomingTheMask: As a child, he had good eyesight, but started wearing glasses in homage to his childhood hero Music/BuddyHolly. [[BlindWithoutEm After more than 40 years, his eyesight has deteriorated to the point that he really needs those glasses]].
14th May '16 11:50:12 AM nombretomado
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He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and succcessfully 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 recieved a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[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.

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He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and succcessfully 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 recieved received a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[KnightFever [[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.
13th Apr '16 12:40:31 AM CassandraLeo
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* ShoutOut: "Levon" was named in tribute to Levon Helm of Music/TheBand.
11th Apr '16 11:21:28 PM CassandraLeo
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* TheAlcoholic: "Elderberry Wine", "Social Disease", "Talking Old Soldiers" and "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" depict this in song. Elton's main lyricist Bernie Taupin sobered up in RealLife in the [[TheSeventies late '70s]], Elton himself by 1990.

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* TheAlcoholic: "Elderberry Wine", "Social Disease", "Talking Old Soldiers" and "Saturday Night's Alright For for Fighting" depict this in song. Elton's main lyricist Bernie Taupin sobered up in RealLife in the [[TheSeventies late '70s]], Elton himself by 1990.



* ChristmasSongs: "Step Into Christmas", along with its B-side, "Ho! Ho Ho!". "Cold as Christmas (in the Middle of the Year)" name-checks the holiday [[AvertedTrope but is not itself a Christmas song]].

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* ChristmasSongs: "Step Into into Christmas", along with its B-side, "Ho! Ho Ho!". "Cold as Christmas (in the Middle of the Year)" name-checks the holiday [[AvertedTrope but is not itself a Christmas song]].



** ''Tumbleweed Connection'' is Taupin's tribute to TheWildWest.
** ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' is about Elton and Taupin's early years in the music business together. ''The Captain and the Kid'' picks up the story years later.

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** ''Tumbleweed Connection'' is Taupin's tribute to TheWildWest.
TheWildWest. Notably, neither he nor Elton had visited America at the time the album was written.
** ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' is about Elton and Taupin's early years in the music business together. ''The Captain and & the Kid'' picks up the story years later.



* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheBeatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds]]"; "[[Music/TheWho Pinball Wizard]]".

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* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheBeatles "[[Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand Lucy In The in the Sky With with Diamonds]]"; "[[Music/TheWho "[[Music/{{Tommy}} Pinball Wizard]]".



* EpicRocking: "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"; "Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe"; "Tonight"; "Gulliver/Hay Chewed/Reprise".

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* EpicRocking: His most notable examples include "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"; "Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe"; "Tonight"; Bleeding", "Carla/Etude/Fanfare/Chloe", "Tonight", "Gulliver/Hay Chewed/Reprise".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.



*** "Candle in the Wind". Considering it was written about the death of one of the iconic women of the 20th century (Creator/MarilynMonroe) and repurposed for another (Princess Diana) it's arguably the most famous of his grief songs.
*** "Blues Never Fade Away" from ''The Captain And The Kid'' mourns John Lennon, RyanWhite and one other friend of Elton and Bernie's.
* HairTriggerTemper: He is notorious for his outbursts, as captured in his husband David Furnish's 1995 documentary ''Tantrums And Tiaras''.

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*** ** "Candle in the Wind". Considering it was written about the death of one of the iconic women of the 20th century (Creator/MarilynMonroe) and repurposed for another (Princess Diana) it's arguably the most famous of his grief songs.
*** ** "Blues Never Fade Away" from ''The Captain And The & the Kid'' mourns John Lennon, RyanWhite and one other friend of Elton and Bernie's.
* HairTriggerTemper: He is notorious for his outbursts, as captured in his husband David Furnish's 1995 documentary ''Tantrums And and Tiaras''.



** Bernie Taupin at the time of the latter album's release noted that ''Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy'' was a very "up" album about failure, while ''The Captain And The Kid'' was a low-key album about success.

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** Bernie Taupin at the time of the latter album's release noted that ''Captain Fantastic And The and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' was a very "up" album about failure, while ''The Captain And The & the Kid'' was a low-key album about success.



* OneManSong: ''Song For Guy'', ''Nikita''.

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* OneManSong: ''Song For for Guy'', ''Nikita''.



* 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.



* RockstarSong: "Bennie And The Jets", "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol" and some others.

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* RockstarSong: "Bennie And The and the Jets", "I'm Gonna Be A a Teenage Idol" and some others.others, including the entire ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''The Captain & the Kid'' albums.



* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Elton had cocaine, marijuana and alcohol habits from the mid-Seventies to 1990.

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* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Elton had cocaine, marijuana and alcohol habits from the mid-Seventies to 1990.1990, and, as mentioned above, had quite the promiscuous sex life back in the day.



* TwoFirstNames: Both his given name, Reginald Dwight, and his stage name, Elton John, provide examples.



* VitriolicBestBuds: With Billy Joel.
** With RodStewart at least since [[TheSeventies the 1970's]].

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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Billy Joel.
Music/BillyJoel.
** With RodStewart Music/RodStewart at least since [[TheSeventies the 1970's]].



* WellDoneSonGuy: His biological father, according to WordOfGod, was an overly strict Royal Air Force trumpet player who berated Elton's interests in rock music, was unaffectionate towards him, and wanted him to dress conservatively and take a "proper" job. He did not allow Elton to play football in the yard for fear of trampling the garden in the lawn, and he constantly argued and fought with Elton's mother at home. Elton was terrified of him, and was happy when the pair split up; he and his stepfather had a much better relationship than Elton and his biological father. His biological dad wrote letters to Elton's supportive mom requesting Elton "get this silly rock and roll nonsense out of his system", berated Elton's talent in interviews in preference to Elton's half-brothers, and would never come to see Elton perform after the performer became a superstar. [[FreudianExcuse Much of the flamboyancy Elton took to as a rock star was in rebellion of his father's wishes]]. The relationship between Elton and his father (though written by outside lyricists) reflected in the lyrics to songs like "Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy", "Nobody Wins", "Made In England", and as RealitySubtext to his songs in the ''Film/BillyElliot'' musical.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Levon"; "Solar Prestige A Gammon", "Take Me To The Pilot".

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* WellDoneSonGuy: His biological father, according to WordOfGod, was an overly strict Royal Air Force trumpet player who berated Elton's interests in rock music, was unaffectionate towards him, and wanted him to dress conservatively and take a "proper" job. He did not allow Elton to play football in the yard for fear of trampling the garden in the lawn, and he constantly argued and fought with Elton's mother at home. Elton was terrified of him, and was happy when the pair split up; he and his stepfather had a much better relationship than Elton and his biological father. His biological dad wrote letters to Elton's supportive mom requesting Elton "get this silly rock and roll nonsense out of his system", berated Elton's talent in interviews in preference to Elton's half-brothers, and would never come to see Elton perform after the performer became a superstar. [[FreudianExcuse Much of the flamboyancy Elton took to as a rock star was in rebellion of his father's wishes]]. The relationship between Elton and his father (though written by outside lyricists) reflected in the lyrics to songs like "Captain Fantastic And The and the Brown Dirt Cowboy", "Nobody Wins", "Made In in England", and as RealitySubtext to his songs in the ''Film/BillyElliot'' musical.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Levon"; "Levon", "Take Me to the Pilot", "Solar Prestige A Gammon", "Take Me To a Gammon". The Pilot".
latter was a deliberate attempt to invoke TheWalrusWasPaul, and, like many other examples of the trope, got heavily analysed anyway.
26th Mar '16 12:14:26 PM evdebs
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* 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.
4th Mar '16 10:58:40 PM Mdumas43073
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He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and succcessfully 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 ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Lestat'', ''Aida'', and ''Billy Elliot''. He recieved a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[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.

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He has had numerous comebacks in TheEighties and TheNineties, and succcessfully rehabilitated himself from drugs, alcohol and bulimia in 1991. He later helped score Disney/TheLionKing ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with Tim Rice in 1994 (winning an Oscar), and co-authored several Broadway musicals, including ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''The Lion King'', ''Lestat'', ''Aida'', and ''Billy Elliot''. He recieved a star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame in 1975, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was [[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.
4th Mar '16 10:58:04 PM Mdumas43073
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Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England, classically-trained '''Elton John''' began his career in various blues bands and as a session musician, before answering a newspaper ad by Liberty Records for aspiring songwriters. He was given his first set of lyrics by Bernie Taupin, a struggling lyricist, to set them to music. Taupin liked what he heard, and the two formed a platonic and professional bond--they have been a songwriting team (Taupin lyrics, John music) for most of John's career.

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Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England, classically-trained '''Elton John''' Elton John began his career in various blues bands and as a session musician, before answering a newspaper ad by Liberty Records for aspiring songwriters. He was given his first set of lyrics by Bernie Taupin, a struggling lyricist, to set them to music. Taupin liked what he heard, and the two formed a platonic and professional bond--they have been a songwriting team (Taupin lyrics, John music) for most of John's career.
21st Feb '16 2:20:16 PM CallingAlameda
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* EditedForSyndication: The first CD release of ''Blue Moves'', originally a double album, cut four songs so that the entire album could be released on a single CD. A complete version would eventually be released a few years later.
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