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Trivia: Elton John
  • Breakthrough Hit: His Self-Titled Album and its single "Your Song".
  • 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.
  • 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.

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