Sir Elton John is one of the most famous people to ever live, so a lot of his life has been put under a bright light. However, some interesting facts have gone unnoticed all these years. Well, we’re here to fix that. Here, we present a list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Elton John. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Broke a Lot of Boundaries. In 1979, John became the first Western rock star who performed in both Israel and the USSR. This was quite controversial at the time.
Number Fourteen: He Performed With Lennon During Lennon’s Last Performance. Thanksgiving Day in 1974 marked the day of John Lennon’s last performance before he was assassinated. Amazingly, Lennon came to perform with Elton at Madison Square Garden as part of a bet. The bet stated that if Elton’s song “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”, which featured Lennon, hit number one, then Lennon would come perform with Elton. The song did reach number one, so Lennon followed through with the bet.
Number Thirteen: He Likes to Be Prepared. Since John has been touring for so long, it’s only natural that he has some advice to share. Apparently, his advice is to bring two tiaras while on the road, because “You never know when you’ll be invited to something really formal.”
Number Twelve: He Has Some Crazy Costumes. John is known for some of the ridiculous things he wears, but do you know just how ridiculous some of these things are? He has dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, Mozart, Donald Duck and even the Eiffel Tower.
Number Eleven: He Once Performed a Free Concert. On September 13 of 1980, John was gracious enough to perform a free concert. He performed on The Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park for close to 400,000 fans.
Number Ten: He Holds a Record at Madison Square Garden. John has performed 64 times at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He has performed there more than any other artist.
Number Nine: He Is a Yamaha Devotee. Yamaha makes all of the pianos that John uses live. This includes his famous Red Piano, as well as his Million Dollar Piano.