Elton John Quotes

By Keith / November 15, 2017
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Sir Elton John is one of the most influential English singers, pianist, and composers. In his five-decade career Elton John is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, selling more than 300 million records with more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. Here are some of his most famous quotes on what it takes to be a successful musician.

Elton John Quotes 1


Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. - Elton John

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I think performers are all show-offs anyway, especially musicians. Unless you show off, you're not going to get noticed. - Elton John

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I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano. - Elton John

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I'm not everybody's cup of tea. But sometimes criticism can be hurtful. Be respectful. I'm a good piano player, I can sing well, I write good songs. If you don't like it, fair enough. But give me a break. - Elton John

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If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. - Elton John

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Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers. - Elton John

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I loathe gardening, but I love gardens, and I have two beautiful gardens. I can not bear gardening, but I love gardens. - Elton John

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Once I'd heard 'Modern Times' by Bob Dylan, it really changed the way I wanted to make records. - Elton John

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When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don't question you, you're in a dangerous place. - Elton John

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For me, music is so passionate, I have to give it my all every time I go onstage. Onstage, it was always comfortable for me, because that's where I felt at home. - Elton John

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I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven't got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It's never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don't know what I'm going to get next. - Elton John

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At heart I've always been a music fan. That part of me has never changed since I was a little kid, sitting in a room watching a record go round, looking at the colour of the labels. - Elton John

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When Little Richard used to stand up and play it was just fabulous, and Liberace had the candlesticks and the rings and the gift of the gab. The piano's is the most ungainly rock' n' roll instrument of all time but those two people transcended it, as did Jerry Lee Lewis. - Elton John

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I could never go onstage in denims. - Elton John

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I heard Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and that was it. I didn't ever want to be anything else. I just started banging away and semi-studied classical music at the Royal Academy of Music but sort of half-heartedly. - Elton John

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I do work a lot. I mean, most of my income, I would say, comes from live performances. And then you've got publishing, you've got record royalties. - Elton John

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I've never been jealous of anybody's success. I've been flummoxed by it because I don't understand it, but I'm not jealous of it. - Elton John

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I hate to say this, but I always listen to the music and the instrumentation first, and then grab on to the lyrics later. - Elton John

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I never really made a full album in Los Angeles before. - Elton John

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