HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR ELTON JOHN
- Before he was a solo artist, John was in a group called Bluesology. They were a backing group for Blues singers from America that toured England (like Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles). They were hired by Baldry in 1966 as his backing band. John coproduced an album of his in 1971.
- He won a piano scholarship when he was 11 to the Royal Academy of Music.
- As a child, John didn’t need glasses, but wore them anyway to look like Buddy Holly. They damaged his eyes so much that he was soon forced to wear them.
- At one point, John was responsible for 3% of all records sold on the planet.
- When he performed there for the 60th time on his 60th birthday, he set the record for the most performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France)
- Duets with Elton John that hit #1 on the Hot 100: “Bad Blood” (Neil Sedaka – EJ not credited), “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” (John Lennon – EJ not credited), “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (Elton John and Kiki Dee), “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (George Michael and Elton John), and also “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne and Friends (Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John).
Artist Facts courtesy of Songfacts.com