We bet you didn't know this about Sir Elton John?
Sir Elton John has been entertaining us for the past five decades. But how much do you really know about him?
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 37 gold and 27 multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts in over 80 countries.
With Elton John about to to Australia, here are six interesting facts from the legendary entertainer’s life!
1. Elton Hercules John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex. At the age of three he astonished his family by sitting at the piano and playing The Skater’s Waltz by ear.
2. "Candle In The Wind” was originally written for Marilyn Monroe, but reworked in 1997 as a tribute to the late Princess Diana. This remains the second best selling single of all time.
3. He was the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union when he visited in 1979.
Did you know? Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
4. Elton won an Academy Award in 1995 for The Lion King’s ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’.
5. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1975.
6. “I now pronounce you “SIR Elton John” - He was officially knighted by QEII in 1988.
Watch out for the beautiful 12m wide Chandelier, created by acclaimed Set Designer Mark Fisher, that is the centrepiece for Elton’s stage.
Elton John is coming to Australia for his All The Hits tour from December 5th.
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