Captain Fantastic. Reginald Dwight. But you know him best as Sir Elton Hercules John , and his songs are some of the best in classic rock history. In his latter years, John found personal peace and happiness, a beautiful thing to see after the years he lost to wild rock star living and a portfolio of various addictions. He can kill you with the beauty of a tender ballad, then bowl you over with an intense blast of filthy rock and roll. He can dedicate decades of work to defeating AIDS, then engage in a public catfight with Madonna through the gossip columns. Okay, a few of my favorites are. It captures Elton John as the train of his life slows down and he begins to appreciate the simple pleasures of love and music. This deep cut is a simple love song with some of the sweetest hooks Elton ever penned, a Beatles -esque chiming guitar, and a sly but sincere Taupin lyric.
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15. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues (Too Low For Zero, 1983)
Elton starts a six-year break from otherwise career-long songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Recorded when Sir Elton Hercules John was still Pinner, Middlesex teenager Reg Dwight, a classically trained pub pianist and occasional session musician. A fine early career effort from his youthful rhythm and blues outfit. From late period, minimalist gem The Diving Board , EJ evokes the poetry and spiralling piano runs of his early years with this lovely insight into the mind of a blind Deep South bluesman.
14. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (Honky Château, 1972)
If we were handed the awesome task of handpicking a one-off gig from Sir Elton, these are the songs we'd definitely want on the list. The lyrics describe how it sometimes helps for someone who is feeling blue, to listen to old radio blues tunes. The Story of So sad, you might say. The song tells of a fictional band, of whom the singer is a fan. In interviews, Bernie Taupin has said that the song is a satire on the music industry of the s. This disco-inspired song was recorded with producer Thom Bell back in , as part of a one-off EP.
The arrival of Rocketman , the movie that tells the story of how a shy, short-sighted young fellow called Reginald Dwight became one of the most successful musicians of all time, will bring his timeless music to yet another vast audience all around the world, ensuring that the best Elton John songs continue to resonate. His work has been part of the very fabric of our culture, and a language we all understand, for what seems like forever. Carl Fortina played the elegant accordion solo.