Trivia: Elton John

  • Breakthrough Hit: His Self-Titled Album and its single "Your Song". Not to mention Goodbye Yellow Brick Road that is still his artistically and commercially most succesful record.
  • Career Resurrection: He had one with the 1983 album Too Low for Zero.
  • Creator Breakdown: The Blue Moves album and many songs Bernie Taupin wrote lyrics to from 1976-78 reflect Taupin's breakdown after his first marriage collapsed and he spiraled into cocaine and alcohol abuse, and Elton was burnt out from fame and substance abuse (and Elton outed himself).
  • He Also Did: Probably not a lot of fans realize that he did a duet with Australian country singer Catherine Britt titled "Where We Both Say Goodbye". The song came and went without much recognition.
    • He and Bernie wrote songs for Kiki Dee, Ringo Starr and Rod Stewart during his peak period in The Seventies.
    • Pre-fame, he sang on soundalike budget compilations for department stores, and played piano on various sessions, including the piano part on The Hollies' hit, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
    • His work as chairman of Watford Football Club, which began in 1973, also counts, as does his charity work for AIDS relief.
  • Leslie Nielsen Syndrome: In a non-acting sense, yes. Elton started out with an image and music more in keeping with the "singer-songwriters" of The Seventies like James Taylor, Jim Croce or Randy Newman. He wore regular clothes, hair and glasses, sang mid-tempo, often acoustical pieces heavy on orchestration, and released theatrical and ambitious albums like Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water. His Self-Titled Album showed him draped in darkness with a sullen look on his face, and the most showmanship he exhibited on stage (usually as a piano-bass-drums trio with Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson) was kicking the piano stool and playing while standing up, Jerry Lee Lewis-style. Gradually, the glitz and camp (and a more commercial pop-rock style with electric guitars, synthesizers, brass sections, etc.) crept in, with more humor and showmanship, and Elton took to wearing crazy costumes, huge platform shoes and goofy eyewear by 1972 or 1973. Interestingly enough, his reviews became less favorable as he gained more fame. He only really toned down the flamboyancy (relatively speaking) by the beginning of The Nineties, though traces of the glam period can still be found.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Performing at Rush Limbaugh's fourth wedding for a cool 1 million dollars.
    • Not to mention he got backdraft over doing this. Though after performing, Elton said he found a new friend in Rush and his new wife and said that he'd gladly invite him over for dinner any time.
      • Go-Karting with Bowser: Elton, at least by Word of God, seems to believe (his occasional beef with celebrities aside) in trying to mend fences rather than fuel rivalries, and often forms unlikely friendships with celebrities accused of (or guilty of) homophobia (Limbaugh, Eminem, Axl Rose, etc.) to demonstrate this. Often it does lead to backdraft from gay rights advocates.
  • New Sound Album: Several of his albums may count.
    • Honky Chateau saw Elton abandon much of the dramatic singer-songwriter style of his previous albums for one with a more rock-based style and sound, de-emphasising the orchestral backdrops using his live backing band on all of the tracks for the first time rather than use session musicians.
    • Rock Of The Westies found Elton using a harder group sound with strong R&B, funk, disco and Blues Rock influences, retaining only guitarist Davey Johnstone and percussionist Ray Cooper from the classic band and expanding to a seven-piece group.
    • A Single Man used stronger Soft Rock influences, with Bernie Taupin entirely replaced as full-time lyricist by Gary Osbourne.
    • Victim Of Love saw Elton dabble full-time into disco music at the end of disco's popularity; Elton only provided lead vocals while Pete Bellotte wrote or co-wrote all of the songs (aside from a discofied cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".
    • Too Low For Zero saw Bernie's full-time return (along with Elton's classic band from The Seventies), but used 1980's pop production values and more synthesizers.
    • The synthesizers/1980's production saw heavier use on Ice On Fire, which also saw most of Elton's classic band laid off (again) in favor of a new band. Strong '80's funk/soul influences also appeared.
    • Made In England, while AOR/MOR in places, showed Elton return more to his 1970's style, with more dramatic orchestral parts (care of Paul Buckmaster, who arranged the orchestral parts of his early-1970's albums).
    • The Big Picture showed full AOR/MOR influence with heavily synthesized arrangements.
    • Songs From The West Coast saw Elton used a more stripped-down sound even more retro than on Made In England, entirely recorded on analog tape and returning Elton to his singer-songwriter roots.
    • The Diving Board was the most pared-down album in years, with an emphasis on piano, bass and drums (with minimal additions) and more of an intimate feel.
  • Odd Friendship: Has had many over the course of his career, from Eminem, Axl Rose, Rush Limbaugh and Billie Jean King to Miley Cyrus, Groucho Marx, Mary J. Blige and Madonna. Various members of England's Royal Family might also count.
  • Production Posse: The combination of Elton, lyricist Bernie Taupin, his backing band of Davey Johnstone (guitar), the late Dee Murray (bass), Nigel Olsson (drums) and sometimes Ray Cooper (percussion), with production by the late Gus Dudgeon and Paul Buckmaster or Del Newman conducting orchestral parts, was arguably collectively responsible for the classic Elton John sound of 1972-1975, and has partially if not fully been involved with Elton ever since. Davey and Nigel have stayed as part of Elton's backing band since 2001, while Bernie has stayed (with few exceptions) as Elton's full-time lyricist since 1983.
  • Shrug of God: A notable amount of people have questioned why one of Elton's eyebrows seems to move so oddly whenever he sings. (He and David Furnish even brought it up in the commentary for "Tantrums and Tiaras".) Even he doesn't know why this happens, but he does know that it drives him crazy.
  • What Could Have Been: Auditioned for vocalist of King Crimson and Gentle Giant before he was famous.
    • He, Rod Stewart and Freddie Mercury were considering making a band together. Things didn't quite work in their favor for that.
    • Elton was to record a hip-hop-flavored album in 2006 with friend Eminem's production crew assisting him. The death of another one of Eminem's friends and associates, rapper Proof, put an end to those plans. Elton instead recorded the more 1970s-retro Captain Fantastic sequel, The Captain And The Kid instead.