Becky's Island Music Trivia Quiz #51 - 2/13/02

Elton John


1. What is Elton John's real name?: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
2. Who was Elton's main songwriting partner?
: Bernie Taupin
3. What was Elton's first big U.S. hit, in 1971?
: "Your Song"
4. Who "was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas day, when the New York Times said God is dead"?
: Levon (or, alternatively, Alvin Tostig's son)
5. Who had "better get back to the woods?"
: Honky Cat
6. What '50s throwback song was Elton's first Number 1 hit in the U.S.?
: "Crocodile Rock"
7. What country was Daniel headed for?:
8. Who wears "electric boots" and "a mohair suit?"
: Bennie 
9. Elton sang backup, uncredited, on a John Lennon song that hit Number 1. What song was it?
: "Whatever Gets You Through The Night"
10. In 1975, Elton had a hit with a remake of a Beatles song. What song was it?
: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" 
11. What American city's "freedom" did Elton salute in 1975?
: Philadelphia
12. What did Elton say in a "Rolling Stone" article in 1976, that surprised some people but not others?
: He admitted he was bisexual
13. Elton was chairman of a sports team in Watford, England for a while. What sport did the team play?
: Soccer ("football" in the U.K.)
14. Elton was one of four artists who sang on the AIDS charity single "That's What Friends are For" in 1985. Who were the other three?
: Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder
15. What distinction does "Sacrifice" have in the U.K.?
: It was his first solo Number 1 hit
16. Elton wrote the music for what Disney animated movie in 1994?
"The Lion King"
17. What song did Elton perform (with re-written lyrics) at Princess Diana's funeral?
: "Candle in the Wind"

Bonus: Elton's 2001 video, "I Need Love," consists of a prominent actor walking around a house and lip-synching the lyrics. Who is the actor?: Robert Downey, Jr.

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