Reginald Kenneth Dwight:
I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East … you’re as good as dead.
Bill Donohue, the loony leader of the endlessly entertaining Catholic League For Religious And Civil Rights and professional homophobe, noted:
To call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant. But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, ‘From my point of view, I would ban religion completely’.
A man who changes his name from Reginald Kenneth Dwight to Elton Hercules John cannot be anything but queer. John, with his flamboyant eye glasses, extreme shopping habits (he and his husband’s household expenses are said to be more than $2 million a month) and multiple platinum record sales, is certainly an out and proud gay guy.
John knew the path he needed to travel early in his life, when he a won a scholarship to Royal Academy Of Music at just 11-years-old. Before he began to do his songwriting with lyricist Bernie Taupin, the cowriter of the biggest hits of his career, John had many jobs: He ran errands for a London publishing house, he played piano in a hotel lobby, played backup for Patti LaBelle And The Bluebells, plus he had a gig recording cover versions of pop songs for records to be sold in supermarkets.
His first album was released in 1969, and between 1972 and 1976 there was simply no stopping the Taupin/John duo. They very much ruled the radio in the mid-1970s. John released an unbroken string of six number-one albums, including his first classic, Honky Chateau (1972) and his masterpiece, the two-record set Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) and the autobiographical concept album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1974). In 1974, after he co-wrote John Lennon‘s comeback single, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, the Captain Fantastic album became his first LP to enter the charts at Number-One in the USA. John’s 1974 Greatest Hits collection remains one of the bestselling albums in history.
In the mid-1970s, John had seven albums at the top of the charts, with a combined total of 39 weeks, that means that there was an Elton John album in the number-one every fourth week or so during that time. This puts him in the same company as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Dylan.
Although his career took a big dip at the end of the 1970s, a crazy, new video oriented television network called MTV helped send the singles from his album Too Low For Zero (1983) back to the top of the charts. John has sold more than 500 million records in a career that is now in to its fifth decade.
His special single Candle In The Wind 1997, which he sang at his friend Princess Diana‘s funeral, remains the bestselling single of all-time. He has had 55 Top 40 hits. John has won six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Tony Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
John and his husband raise millions of dollars every year with his charity, The Elton John AIDS Foundation, hosting an annual party in Hollywood on Oscar night. It is way more popular than the awards show itself, attended by the great, the good, and the terminally glamorous. This year’s party raised $7 Million. His song Philadelphia Freedom is a tribute to long-time friend Billie Jean King, who is Chairperson for the foundation.
John and his husband, David Furnish, continue to be a champion for LGBTQ rights. John seems to especially enjoy goading our president’s boyfriend Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ people. In a stab at trying not to look like a rabid hater of all things queer, Putin said of John:
Elton John… he’s an extraordinary person, a distinguished musician, and millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation.
John responded by offering to introduce Putin to real Russians that were tortured because of Putin’s policies banning “homosexual propaganda”.
The musical legend and icon is saying goodbye with his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road farewell tour in 2019, playing dates in North America this summer.