1. Elton Johnґs biography of and his most famous songs
· March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England
· original name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
· at the age of 14, Reginald Dwight (Elton) and his friend Stuart Brown formed a band called the Corvettes, named after a brand of shaving cream. The band was never very serious and soon broke up.
· 1963, he got together with Stuart Brown once again and formed Bluesology, a moderately successful band
· on the Valentines Day 1985 he married Renate Blauel in Sydney who he met first in 1982
· Elton was the first western pop star who started a tour through Russia.
· Elton's first #1 hit in the United States was "Crocodile Rock" in 1972. Elton's first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" in 1976. His first solo hit was "Sacrifice" in 1990.
· The albums "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" (1975) and "Rock of the Westies" (1975) both hit #1 in the US on the very day of their release.
2. Candle In The Wind: The song
· over 21 millions sold singles
· one of the most often sold singles (3rd place at the moment)
· profits from sales of the single Candle In The Wind will be donated (lat. donare) to Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
2.1. Style and Rhythm
style: plainness ß one instrument, one person singing, background function of the piano
rhythm: sad, emotional, slow
2.2. Stylistic devices in the song
Here are some stylistic devices which are used in the song Candle In The Wind:
· 1 the stars spell out your name: personification of ”stars”
· І like a candle in the wind: comparison
· і your candleґs burned out long before: symbol
· 4 for our nation's golden child: paraphrase
Goodbye England's Rose
May you ever grow in our hearts.
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart.
You called out to our country,
And you whispered to those in pain.
Now you belong to heaven,
And the stars spell out your name1.
And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the windІ:
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in.
And your footsteps will always fall here,
Along England's greenest hills;
Your candle's burned out long beforeі
Your legend ever will.
Loveliness we've lost;
These empty days without your smile.
This torch we'll always carry
For our nation's golden child4.
And even though we try,
The truth brings us to tears;
All our words cannot express
The joy you brought us through the years.
Goodbye England's Rose,
From a country lost without your soul,
Who'll miss the wings of your compassion
More than you'll ever know
Candle In The Wind
Tribute To Princess Diana
1. Biography of Elton John and his most famous songs
Reginald Kenneth Dwight, the original name of Elton John, was on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England.
Elton's mother Sheila used to encourage him to mess around on the piano when he was little to keep him busy. At the age of 4, he picked out the tune to Skater's Waltz, surprising everyone. At the age of 14, Reg Dwight and his friend Stuart Brown formed a band called the Corvettes, named after a brand of shaving cream. The band was never very serious and soon broke up. When he was 16, he got together with Stuart Brown once again and formed Bluesology, a moderately successful band. Elton stayed within this band until he went solo. Elton named himself after Elton Dean and Long John Baldry, two other members of Bluesology.
Elton John met Renate Blauel in 1982 at the studio where he was recording ”Too Low for Zero”. On 10, 1984, he proposed to her, and they were married on Valentines Day in Sydney.
Most famous songs:
Elton's first #1 hit in the United States was ”Crocodile Rock” CASSETTE in 1972. Elton's first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was ”Don't Go Breaking My Heart” CASSETTE in 1976. His first solo hit was ”Sacrifice” CASSETTE in 1990. The albums ”Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” (1975) and ”Rock of the Westies” (1975) both hit #1 in the US on the very day of their release.
Elton was the first western pop star who stared a tour through Russia.
2. Candle In The Wind: The song
Why did Elton John write this song for his friend Princess Diana although the Queen of England didn't want that? The princess' children asked him personally to sing her favourite song Candle in the Wind which was first written for Marilyn Monroe by Elton John. So he decided to sing that song at her last ceremony in Westminster Abby.
The single Candle in the Wind is sold at about 21 millions times. So it has become to one of the best sold CDґs. Elton John decided not to keep the profit of selling it, but to give it to Dianaґs organisation Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.