Today, March 25, is Elton John’s birthday. He was born in 1947, so he just turned 70 years old. It’s somewhat hard to think of Elton as being in his seventies! He is so dynamic and full of life. But then, people stay younger longer than before. 😉 He has now been recording music for 50 years, much to our enjoyment. I’m sure he will celebrate his birthday in style!
This year also marks the 50-year anniversary of his songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, who has collaborated with him on most of his albums. Bernie writes the lyrics, then Elton puts music to the words. This recipe has been working well since the beginning, and it has been wildly successful, to say the least. I would even say that it is magical.
To highlight Elton’s birthday, there will be a gala tonight in Los Angeles in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum. Lady Gaga and other artists will perform, and the ceremony will be hosted by Rob Lowe.
For his 50th birthday party, in 1997, Elton had dressed as King Louis XIV, with a wig that was 3 feet tall! I’m not sure it was very comfortable, but his costume was certainly impressive! I’m looking forward to see what he has in store for this year’s birthday party!
Among the other celebrities that have their birthday the same day as Elton, let’s mention actress Sarah Jessica Parker, guitarist and singer Jeff Healey (who died of cancer in 2008), baseball pitcher Tom Glavine, and Aretha Franklin, who is 5 years older than Elton. Yes, Elton shares his birthday with The Queen of Soul!
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