There was my name up in lights. I said, ‘God, somebody’s made a mistake.’ But there it was, in lights. And I sat there and said, ‘Remember, you’re not a star.’ Yet there it was up in lights. ~ Marilyn Munroe
Here we are another month, “wonderful February,” with another new artist. One I grew up hearing my uncle blast on his 8 tracks. Yes I’m that old! But hey, TGIF!! I really mean that, it’s been one longggg week and I’m happy to the weekend is finally here. in fact I’m grateful to for the weekend. I’ve been patiently waiting for Friday, and now that it’s here……I’m literally doing cartwheels! Yeah, it’s been that kinda week.
Recording Artist of the Month: Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
One of England’s greatest singer-songwriter, composer and pianist he was born in 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex. Learning to play the piano at an early age, at the age of 19 formed bluesology. In 1967 he met lyricist Bernie Taupin who became his songwriting partner, and together they’ve collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. For the next two years they wrote songs for other artists, and in 1968 his debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970 a single, “Your Song”, his first single hit from his second album was released, leading Elton John to reach the top ten in the UK and the US.
During his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world; with more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. The remake of his single “Candle in the Wind” in 1997, a song originally written in tribute to Mailyn Munroe, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films.
Elton John received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his “lasting impact on British culture.” His accolades also includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Centre Honours in 2004. That same year, Rolling Stone ranked Elton John Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” ranking him third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna.