Elton John

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    Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
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Elton John


Introducing the inimitable, outrageous, larger-than-life king of the charts.

Elton John has delivered everything we want from a rock star and more—wild rock anthems, searing ballads, undiluted exuberance, duck costumes—for almost fifty years. And he shows no sign of stopping.

Hall of Fame Essay


Parke Puterbaugh

Contrary to the artist's own prediction, issued at an early point in his career, there has never been an Elton John renaissance. There hasn’t had to be, because he’s remained consis­tently popular and productive for all the intervening years since he made that statement.  

As of1992, in fact, he broke Elvis Presley’s old record for the most consecutive years of Top 40 hits on Billboard’s singles chart, having been a continual presence in every annum since the late-1970 entry of “Your Song.” Today, at 46, he is among the most successful acts of the rock era, arguably in a class with Presley and the Beatles. 

Moreover, his longevity as an ongoing, active recording artist surpasses that of either of them. No one can boast a longer uninterrupted ride at the top.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1994
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no one has been there more for inspiration than Elton John.
Axl Rose



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