Elton John

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Elton John: Gay Man’s Voice; Straight Man’s Words Nicholas Piccirillo 3/10/2008                                                            Beverly Lomer                                                                MUS 1933                                                              1,110 Words
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One of the most massive pop icons to emerge within the last fifty years is Sir Elton John. “For audiences, though, Elton is arguably the most famous gay man in the world.” (Kort 56) Elton John has sold over 250 million albums, has had over 50 Top 40 hits, has won 5 Grammy awards, and 1 Academy Award. Throughout his career, which involved both drug and alcohol problems, John continuously introduced gay-issues to his national audience. John has presented these issues by being greatly involved in the fight against AIDS through his establishment of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, by entering a civil partnership with his long time partner David Furnish in 2005, and consistently being a champion of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) social movements. Elton John partially owes a debt of gratitude to Bernie Taupin who wrote the lyrics to many of John’s greatest hits. However, it is important to note that Taupin is a straight man and multiple of the songs he wrote for Elton John were love songs. This raises an important question about the meaning behind a song and whether the meaning is meant to be interpreted by the writer, the performer, or the audience.
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