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John, Elton

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Music, People.

(1947-    ) UK singer-songwriter, prolific and enduringly popular. A characteristic John composition is a short, poppy love song, but he has recorded a small number of sf tracks, including: "Bad Side of the Moon" (on 11-17-70, 1971) about a remorseful convict in a Prison situated on the lunar dark side; "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" (on Honky Château, 1972), a plaintive version of Ray Bradbury's short story "Rocket Man" and one of John's best songs; and "I've Seen the Saucers" (on Caribou, 1974) about UFOs. "Dan Dare (Pilot of the Future)" (on Rock of the Westies, 1975) is a catchy song about the childhood taste in comics of the song's lyricist Bernie Taupin (1950-    ). [AR]

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight)

born Pinner, Middlesex: 25 March 1947


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