16 October 2019 10:29
Instead, we pick out the 15 best, most original and dynamic Elton John songs, and celebrate a back catalogue which has come to define British music. Laced with casual regret and mournful longing, the lyrics were written by John's writing partner Bernie Taupin in tribute to his second wife, Toni Russo. "Bernie was back on Too Low for Zero – we wrote everything on the album," John told Rolling Stone of the song in 2013. "Also, it was the first time I met Renate [Blauel, later to be John's first wife], because she was an engineer on that record. Originally released as a B-side to Rock And Roll Madonna but dusted off and polished up for GYBR, this song is allegedly one of Elton's favourites – and one he dubbed "Procol Harum-ish absurd, like a Dali painting." The track is a brilliant showcase for Elton's knack for a sweet harmony and storming chorus.
With a lyric written by Taupin, Elton fans have long dissected the song's surreal words searching for a deeper meaning – though it's likely they'll be looking a long time, as Taupin himself has admitted he "hadn't a clue what [he] was writing about". Okay, okay, we know – if we're splitting hairs, this isn't technically an Elton John song. Written by The Who for their 1969 rock opera Tommy, Elton's version came to life when he tackled it for the album's 1975 film adaptation. Another of John and Taupin's unashamedly mournful love songs, this Blue Moves single marks something of an anomaly for the songwriting duo. "The interesting thing about Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word is that it's one of the rare occasions when Elton played me a melody line that inspired a lyric, as opposed to our routine of the lyrics always coming first," Taupin says of the song.
Picked out by Taupin as the best song he and John ever collaborated on, this firm fan-favourite has been performed by John almost 500 times live. "I vividly remember recording Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," John told Rolling Stone. 2. Your Song (Elton John, 1970) "What can I say, it's a perfect song – it gets better every time I sing it," John told Rolling Stone of Your Song in 2013, which might go some way to explaining why it's had a jaw-dropping 2028 live outings since John first wrote it in 1970, making it his most-played live song ever. It may also explain why it was recently voted the UK's favourite Elton John song of them all. With its lazy piano and unassuming acoustic strums, Your Song has become a standard not just in Elton's back catalogue, but for British music as a whole. "I remember hearing Elton John's Your Song, heard it in America – it was one of Elton's first big hits," John Lennon said of the track in 1975. "I remember writing it at my parents' apartment in North London, and Bernie giving me the lyrics, sitting down at the piano and looking at it and going, 'Oh, my God, this is such a great lyric, I can't fuck this one up,'" said John. "It's the voice of someone who hasn't experienced love in any way," Taupin – who was only 17 when he wrote the lyrics – said of the song. Rocket Man combines all the elements that made Elton John such a singular talent in the 70s: a soaring chorus, plaintive piano riff and stunning vocal turn. As such, it's little wonder that it's become the definitive Elton John track over the years. Inspired by Ray Bradbury's 1951 short story The Rocket Man, which tells the tale of an astronaut torn between heading out on a mission to space and staying on Earth with his family, John's song was written at a time when excitement around space exploration was reaching fever pitch, dominating popular culture and media. "I remember buying this when it came out as a single by Elton John," Kate Bush told the NME of the track. But above all, he says over the course of the confessional, it is Reginald Kenneth Dwight's desperate need for love, a hug from his cold father, and his casually callous mother's words — that he will never know true love — that haunt him and drive him crazy even now, despite being one of the best-selling artists in the world who now goes by the name, Elton John. Director Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, a musical and a biopic, that tells the story of Elton John's breakout years, and Asif Kapadia's documentary, Diego Maradona, which sifts through 500 hours of video footage from Maradona's personal archive, to tell the story of the rise and fall of the football legend, played in out-of-competition sections at Festival de Cannes. In Rocketman, which presents the piano prodigy as an emotionally troubled, self-made musical genius, Taron Egerton plays John, and has sung all the songs. This gives the film a dream-like quality and it never really gets grounded as a tell-all, which is good as Rocketman takes liberties with what it wants us to know, the sequence of events and songs. Rocketman's love for Elton John is abiding, and Taron Egerton does a great impersonation of Elton John on stage and off it as the film chronicles the musician's off-and-on collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin, his troubled relationship with manager and lover John Reid, his marriage to close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel, all the while focusing on how mean and horrible his parents and lovers were. Elton John's jilted fiancée reveals she would love to see the singer again following years of heartache The couple dated for two years in the seventies Linda, now 75, said that all the arrangements had been made for their wedding - including the cake - when Elton called off the big day. Elton was reportedly convinced to end things with Linda on his stag do by pals Bernie and Long John Baldry. On the topic of not being featured in Elton's new biopic, Rocketman, Linda said: "Sometimes I wonder if he has forgotten about me. Elton, now 72, went on to marry German sound engineer Renate Blauel on Valentine's Day 1984. Elton John and his ex wife Renate Blauel on their wedding day on 14 February 1984. As Rocketman prepares to be released in UK cinemas this week, we delve into the story of Elton John's first marriage to the German sound engineer. Rocketman, which tells the story of how Reginald Dwight became legendary musician Elton John, is set for release this week. Elton John has long been known as a gay man and is a huge advocate for LGBTQI rights, but as the film details, he was once married to a woman. Who is Renate Blauel and how did Elton John meet her? Elton John and ex-wife Renate kiss outside church on wedding day. The pair divorced in 1988 and soon after Elton John came out as gay. Addressing his first marriage in when urging Australians to vote in favour of same sex marriage in 2017, Elton John took to Instagram to write: "Many years ago, I chose Australia for my wedding to a wonderful woman for whom I have so much love and admiration. It was also reported by the magazine that Elton John bought Renate a $600,000 (£471, 600) country home in Surrey, which she lived in until 2000, when it is thought she returned to her native Germany to look after her parents. Renate Blauel in 1990, who married singer Elton John in 1984 and divorced him in 1988. David Furnish and Elton John at the Rocketman premiere at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Watch Elton John ans Taron Egerton sing Tiny Dancer together at his Oscars viewing party this year: Linda Hannon, who believes Elton's song Someone Saved My Life Tonight is based on their relationship and break-up, spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain from Dallas, Texas. Elton later went on to marry German sound engineer Renate Blauel in 1984 – which ended in 1988 when he came out as gay.