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In addition to the honors listed above, Elton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in John with Bernie Taupin, California, Photograph: Ed Caraeff. The two were introduced in when each of them answered an ad for musicians in the British magazine New Musical Express.
When Elton arrived for his first meeting, he was handed a sheaf of lyrics by Taupin; he wrote music to several of these and mailed them back to Taupin.
So began a four-decade music-lyrics collaboration which Elton. Following his first big hit Your Song , Elton John embarked on an incredibly productive and versatile career. During the 70s Taupin and John came out with one blockbuster album after another; their work ranged from ballads to hard-rocking tunes to funky cross-over hits.
Nothing seemed too outrageous for Elton — gigantic embossed glasses; feather boas; powdered wigs; ruffles and lace; you name it, Elton appeared in it. Elton has also admitted that he was dealing with an eating disorder, and at this same time he was sorting out his sexual preferences. In a interview with Rolling Stone magazine he admitted to being bisexual.
He married Renate Blauel in , but following their divorce four years later Elton came out as gay. In he began a relationship with Canadian advertising executive David Furnish. They entered into a civil partnership in and were married in England in They are the parents to two sons. This relationship appears to have brought stability and happiness to Elton. He has been quite courageous about combating public prejudice in this arena, particularly since his advocacy might have negatively affected his career.
Ronnie Friend summarizes the story behind the collaboration between Lennon and Elton John that culminated in this live performance. Lennon, who no longer performed live, jokingly promised to do so when the song became a 1 hit single. Lennon was terrified, and nearly backed out several times … When he came on stage, the audience of 18, rose to their feet and applauded for several minutes before they were able to perform the three songs … Elton has said many times that this whole event was one of the high points of his career.
The audio clip contains a fascinating set of still photos of Elton during the performance, featuring his trademark flamboyant costumes; there are also some terrific photos of John Lennon with Elton at the concert. William Shatner is a Canadian actor born to a family whose grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Europe who settled in Montreal.
Shatner graduated from McGill University where he became interested in the theatre. According to his Wikipedia bio. Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner began performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, beginning in Kirk in the TV series Star Trek.
At the time, the show was only modestly successful and it was cancelled by NBC in However, the show has since become a cult classic. Its imaginative concepts regarding the values that might be espoused by alien civilizations have captured the imagination of millions. Virts — nasa.Diamonds is a greatest hits album by British singer-songwriter Elton John spanning his hits from to The album was released on 10 November It was released in a single disc version, a 2-CD version, a 3-CD deluxe box set and a 2-LP vinyl version.