Gay Celebrities and Icons - The Many, Amazing Glasses of Sir Elton John

A Brief Bio:

Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th, 1947, Sir Elton Hercules John’s career has spanned four decades of devoted fans. He has sold over 200 million records,making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top-40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums.  He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Tony.

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #49 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, and his success has had a profound impact on pop music, contributing to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll.

His is an amazing talent, able to quickly craft melodies for the lyrics of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. His rich baritone voice (once tenor), his classical and gospel-influenced piano, the sensitive orchestral arrangements, and his incredible showmanship, especially evident during the 1970s, have all contributed to his now iconic stature.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s, he was knighted in 1998, and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements.

Your Song

Just Your Basic Sparkly Purple Sunglasses
Just Your Basic Sparkly Purple Sunglasses
Elton "Techno-Batman" John
Elton "Techno-Batman" John
Oh, My!
Oh, My!
It's Cosmic Elton and His Amazing Orbiting Glasses
It's Cosmic Elton and His Amazing Orbiting Glasses
Talk About Your Rose Colored Glasses...
Talk About Your Rose Colored Glasses...
Simply Amazing...
Simply Amazing...
Which One Is Your Fave?
Which One Is Your Fave?

When Elton John burst onto the stage of my consciousness, sometime in the late 70s, I became an instant fan. To be sure, I was already familiar with his music. You would have to have been living in a cloister not to have heard anything from his brilliant partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"Rocket Man" (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time), and "Honky Cat" were fast becoming pillars of the pop music scene, and by 1973, he had a number one hit album in the United States with Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player, an offering of wonderful scope containing such gems as the exuberant "Crocodile Rock" and the poignant "Daniel".

To actually see the man in concert was another thing, entirely.

There are many artists to whom you can apply the adjectives "amazing", "incredible", "always unique" - there are few to whom you can apply those words at one and the same time without being accused of overindulgence in hyperbole. When you apply them to Elton John, all in the same breath, other fans will wait patiently, their faces saying plainly, "Yes...and?...surely you don't mean to stop there?"

No less amazing than the man himself, his on- and off-stage attire was invariably sure to garner comment. Always the consummate showman, Elton John was a standout in an era of off-the-wall standouts - I offer the often outlandish costumes of Swedish pop super-group ABBA in evidence.

Indeed, Elton John indulged in some pretty wild garb, but his stock-in-trade quickly became his trademark funky glasses. No appearance was complete, no outfit or costume finished without his trademark eye-wear. He almost single-handedly raised up designer glasses and their counterpart sun-shades to the status of featured apparel.

Where the well-dressed dandy of bygone eras would no sooner leave the house without their spats than their trousers, so too, now, no self-respecting Elton follower would dream of setting foot outside without their own stand-out goggles.

In the late 1980s, FMR Magazine, a glossy publication dedicated to the arts and once described by Federico Fellini as the "black Pearl" of the publishing world, put forward an article that detailed some of his extensive collection of sunglasses, some jeweled, many hand-made especially for him.

A portion of the collection was being auctioned off to raise money for charity, highlighting not only his taste for the showily unique, but also his penchant for quiet philanthropy.

The pictures showed an incredible collection of eye-wear; some utterly enchanting - delicately hand-crafted and bejeweled works of art; some almost bizarre, but all completely unique, and all uniquely "Elton".

Like the man himself, each was a singular creation, quite wonderful in its own right - a unique being of both great beauty and pure whimsy, reflecting a little of its former owner's love of life and joy in performing.

Man About Town
Man About Town
Elton John and  Kiki Dee
Elton John and Kiki Dee
Elton John and Miss Piggy
Elton John and Miss Piggy

Sir Elton has sung with the greats including Billy Joel, and Shania Twain. He has appeared in concert and on network television, in stereo tele-cast, in com-cast, in simul-cast and in pod-cast.

He and his amazing glasses have shared the stage with Kiki Dee and the inimitable Miss Piggy. Most recently, however, he has appeared on Elvis Costello's television show, Spectacle, with Diana Krall. I would like them to have the last words....

Even with the ad, it's great

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Love Elton, I remember when he came to Australia.


Writer Rider 7 years ago

Love Elton John. Great, fabulous music. As far as his glasses are concerned, the old adage about how our purchases becoming weirder the more cash we have to burn comes into play.


ralwus 7 years ago

Quite the talent he is and so, so flaming. LOL


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

He is incredibly talented and I think he follows the showmanship of Liberace who was another LGBT entertainer, who sadly, ultimately sucumbed to Aids.

I think his revised "candle in the wind" for the late Diana was brilliant.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Another great hub in honour to an incredibly talented and original artist!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

All his histrionics and bizarre get-ups can't hide the fact that he has an absolutely amazing voice!


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada Author

Elton is amazing! Thanks for stopping by earnestshubs - appreciate your comment.

I love him too, Writer Rider. What can I say...my mom once decided that I collected candlesticks (and there's a hub in there somewhere, lol).

ralwus - how nice to see you again, my dear. Yes, he flits with the best of them, and such a talent, too.

sixtyorso, I love "Candle In The Wind", too. Lovely tribute.

Thank you, princessa. He is one of the great ones, for true.

Yes, FP, he has a great set of pipes. Always glad to see you stop by...


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

sixtyorso says:8 hours ago

He is incredibly talented and I think he follows the showmanship of Liberace who was another LGBT entertainer, who sadly, ultimately sucumbed to Aids.

It is rumored that Elton John stated that Liberace was his hero and was the first gay person he had ever seen on television.

I have to say that Elton certainly has a better singing voice :D

Great Hub RedElf - awesome tribute


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

He's the whole package baby!! I've always loved his wiperblade glasses. His stint with the muppets was too fun! It's gotta be humbling to yak with a fozzy bear who is also brilliant!!


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, Enelle. Always a pleasure - loved Liberace hub - moving tribute to a true gentleman.

Me too, Candie - that Muppet episode was one of my faves...and nobody has pipes like Elton! Wish I could have posted some of the FMR pix (copyright) but if you have a chance to check out that issue of the magazine, you'll really enjoy seeing his collection.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Can take him or leave hin but enjoyed your hub


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much ethel - so glad you dropped in to comment :)


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tantrum 7 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

Great hub about 1 of my favoutite composers! Enjoyed reading it. Thanks!


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada Author

Hey, tantrum. Nice to see you. He has always been one of my faves, too. Glad you enjoyed the hub, and thanks for commenting.


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tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

OMG!Love Elton John! I love the songs he sings. In fact, I had a pencil drawing of him in one of my hubs. Please feel free to visit. Love him:)


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RedElf 7 years ago from Canada Author

Greetings tim-tim! Thanks so much for the invitation! I will def stop by ;)


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

What a great brand!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks, GmaGoldie! Nice of you to stop by and comment.


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ZackW.Van 6 years ago from Wisconsin Area

Love Elton John and I love this article.

I'd kill for a pair of those orbiting sunglasses!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada Author

Nice to meet you ZackW.Van! I think there are a few collectors out there you'd have to beat off just to get in line for those ;)


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

RedElf,

For Valentine's Day, my husband gave me tickets to the Elton John concert! OMGoodness, I am thrilled. I stopped back to read this again to brush up my knowledge base of this great artist.

Should I wear Madonna gloves to Elton John's concert? Or do you think that would offend him? :)


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Oh, wow! Sir Elton John is playing a concert up here, and I would love to see him, but can't get tickets. Ah, well. I'm sure you'll have a blast!

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