Elton John, One Of The Great Showmen Of The '70s

By | June 21, 2018

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Elton John performs on stage at Watford Football Club, United Kingdom, on 5th May 1974. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

The incomparable Elton John symbolized the 1970s in his music, costumes, and lavish lifestyle. It is nearly impossible to explain the impact he had on the culture of the seventies, as well as the influence he had on the music industry. Although Elton John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947, began performing in bars in the late 1960s, it wasn’t until the 1970s hit that he experienced the kind of success that would launch him into super-stardom. Let us revisit the decade that made Elton John.

Elton John Melted Hearts With “Your Song”

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The April 1970 release of Elton John’s self-titled album spawned his first hit single. The love ballad, “Your Song”, reached the top ten in both his native England and in the United States. Elton John had discovered a formula that worked for him and one he would repeat in his upcoming albums…a combination of tender ballads with gospel-inspired rock songs.