1997 – It is announced that “Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana, has shipped more than 26 million units worldwide, making it the second biggest single in history (behind Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”). It tops the U.S. charts for 14 weeks.
1997 – For the first time ever, the VH1 music series, “Storytellers” is aired live. The show, featuring Elton John, is a special 90-minute edition and is broadcast from the House of Blues in New Orleans.
1993 – Bernie Taupin, best known as the lyricist for Elton John (although he did release four solo albums of his own), marries Stephanie Haymes.
1993 – Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club.
1992 – Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin sign to the music publisher Warner/Chappell for an unprecedented $39 million. Now you know how Elton can afford all those pairs of glasses.
1990 – Elton John checks into a suburban Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem.
1989 – At the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., the Who perform their rock opera Tommy with an all-star cast that includes Elton John, Billy Idol, and Patti LaBelle. The Who’s Tommy premiered in the West End at the Queen’s Theatre on February 6, 1979, running for 119 performances. In the 1990s, Pete Townshend […]
1984 – Elton John announces he is retiring from touring. Oldest marketing trick in the book.
1980 – Singer Cliff Richard (“Devil Woman”) becomes only the third British rock act to receive an MBE from the Queen of England. The other two are the Beatles and Elton John.
1977 – Elton John announces he’s retiring from the stage during a concert in London. By February 1979, he was at it again.
1976 – Elton John sells out his first Madison Square Garden show. Impressive… Most Impressive.
1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” & Kiki Dee. The song is the first on which John sings to hit No. 1 on the British charts.