He was the first major Western artist to play Israel, and also the first to play in the Soviet Union. He did a total of 8 tours of the USSR before it fell. Throughout his career he showed an innate ability to reinvent himself. With seven consecutive number one albums in the 1970’s he rocked his way to fame composing hit after hit and often writing songs that would become classics in a matter of minutes. From drugs to rehab and back again his life has been filled with controversy and we find ourselves fascinated at every turn.
Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. His long term collaboration with lyricist and poet Bernie Taupin led to his huge success with his albums and singles selling over 300 million copies worldwide. He certainly knows how to wow the crowd. The re-written hit single ‘Candle In the Wind’ alone sold 33 million copies, making it the best-selling single in the history of the US and UK singles charts. His music is arguably best known for his magnificent piano playing abilities featured throughout, Elton himself often being cited as the greatest piano player in his genre of pop music.