Elton John

KIERSTYN WILBOURN

Staff Writer

 

Some say it takes years to be able to make it into the music industry. Years of determination, practice, and passion. But today, there is someone who’s had talent since birth, and his name is Elton John.

 

Elton John began playing the piano at age three. His parents were both musically inclined, and even though they were both strict, allowed Elton to also be involved with music. His passion for the piano grew, and by age eleven, he was granted a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music.

 

Elton John’s name has been around for years as he’s been producing, recording, and having many hits. But the beginning of his fame takes place in 1970. His first hit Your Song was one of Elton’s simple and piano-based love songs written in 1969. It’s heard that Elton wrote the song within ten minutes, and yet, the songs fame is still present.

 

Another album that rose on the charts is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Released in 1973, it’s regarded as one of Elton’s best works, even though it’s known to be his first double album. Some tracks include Bennie and the Jets, Candle in the Wind, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. In 2003, the album was introduced to the Grammy Hall of Fame and is ranked 91 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Elton John was conducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, was appointed a Commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1995, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with several more accomplishments to follow.

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