Knight of world music Sir Elton John turns 70
THE man who has rocked the world's song charts since the '60s, the extraordinarily talented Sir Elton John CBE, turns 70 today.
The memorable music, the flashy outfits, the platform shoes, the hairpiece, even the outrageous glasses are part of the Elton John journey.
Just mention the name of a few of his songs - Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, The Bitch Is Back, Song For Guy, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, and of course, Candle In The Wind - and the tunes start to roll off the tongue with ease.
Elton has been a part of our history for so long, morphing his style and his songs so cleverly, creating an extensive collection of music for stage and screen.
Do you remember where it all began? He was christened Reginald Kenneth Dwight when he was born in Middlesex, England, in 1947.
In 1967 he changed his name to Elton Hercules John and then was knighted in 1998.
There was a brief marriage to Renate Blauel in 1984.
They were married at St Mark's Church in Darling Point, Sydney. Elton and Renate parted company in 1988.
Elton then joined David Furnish in a relationship that has lasted the distance and supported two sons.
In 1997 Elton re-recorded his Candle In The Wind in tribute to Princess Diana and to great acclaim, sang it at her funeral.
That single sold over 33 million copies.
If anyone thought that at 70 the immensely wealthy musician would be retired; they would be very wrong.
The winner of five Grammys, one Oscar and member of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame still has plenty of music in him.
He continues to create new music and tour the world with the latest starting on March 21, including Australia in September 2017 and finishing in Russia in mid-December.