Rocket Man! The Elton John Quiz



By: Sarah Crozer

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you a huge Elton John fan? Challenge yourself with trivia questions on the life of this musical legend, with this quiz!

Over the course of his career, about how many records has he sold?

No wonder his is known as a music legend and one of the world's greatest live performers!


When was he born?

He was born on March 25, 1947 in England!


What is his given first name?

Originally named Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Elton later changed his name!


When did he first play the piano?

He astonished his family by sitting at the piano and playing The Skater's Waltz by ear!


Where did he study when he was young?

He was awarded a scholarship at 11 and attended the Academy on Saturdays for 4 years following!


What genre can Elton John be classified as?

Elton John is a cultural icon, a cornerstone of the world of rock ’n’ roll. John has shown an uncanny knack for crafting unforgettable hooks to accompany the lyrics of his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin!


Who performed with Elton at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving Day in 1974?

It was John Lennon's final onstage performance!


While performing onstage, Elton liked to what?

He has dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, Mozart, the Eiffel Tower and Donald Duck!


This song appeared in the iconic film, Almost Famous.

Almost Famous is a classic movie about the tour life of a band and its following! It starts Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel among many others!


How many performances has he held at Madison Square Garden?

Elton holds the record for the greatest number of performances at New York's Madison Square Garden, with 64. His 60th appearance there took place on his 60th birthday, and gave him the record!


Who makes the pianos that Elton uses?

Including the famous Red Piano, and the Million Dollar Piano. The latter features more than 68 LED video screens and took almost four years to make. It weighs nearly 3,200 pounds!


Which of theses artists has Elton toured several times with?

There is, however, no rivalry between the pair! Elton stated that "He is Mr Piano Man, I am Miss Piano Man.”


What is the name of the movie of his live concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace?

The concert will be shown in a total of 1,200 cinemas, in over 40 countries!


Who is his longtime song-writing partner?

He started off working as a songwriter for Liberty Records. This is the beginning of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin!


In 1974 Elton released what album?

John’s 1974 album is one of the 21 best-selling albums of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, with more than 16 million copies sold!


Who is Elton's godchild?

Son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This shows how close the two were!


Who else is his godchild?

Son of Victoria Beckham (from Spice Girls) and David Beckham (the world famous soccer player)!


In 2005, Elton has a civil partnership ceremony with who?

The two have civil partnership ceremony after spending 12 years together!


In July of 2013, Elton canceled his European tour. Why?

In 2013 he got appendicitis and need surgery! The year prior, Elton became seriously ill with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized in LA


Who was “Candle in the Wind” dedicated as tribute to?

The song was originally written for Marilyn Monroe!


What did Elton name his record company?

After his song He started the company in 1973. The label released Neil Sedaka's comeback songs!


Which Beatles song did Elton take to number one in 1975?

Elton had a very close relationship with John Lennon and often did covers of the Beatles songs!


Who did Elton perform a duet with at the 2010 Grammys?

The two performed a duet, singing a mash-up of Gaga's 'Speechless' and John's 'Your Song!'


In the history of American charts how does he rank in most successful artists?

Behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles!


How many times has Elton been nominated for a Grammy?

Elton has won 12 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2000, been nominated for a Grammy Award 34 times , and received the Grammy Legend Award in 2001!


When did Elton change his name?

Elton took his name from the Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean, and their lead singer, Long John Baldry!


What was the name of his self-titled breakthrough album?

1970 Elton record this album and his hit song “Your Song” which introduced him to international fame!


Elton started The Elton John ____ Foundation in 1992?

His pioneering charity dedicated to breakthrough work on behalf of those around the world suffering from HIV and related illnesses!


He was placed in the 7th on the list of “100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by what magazine?

It was in Forbes annual list released in 2007 by the Sunday Times, sharing that Elton has an estimated earning of $53 million.


Elton's “Your Song” was used in what popular film?

Sung by Ewan McGregor in the popular film, 'Moulin Rouge' which profiles performers in a Burlesque club in Paris!


Rolling Stone placed him in what place of their list of “Biggest Moneymakers”?

In Rolling Stone's 5th annual list, Elton made 5th place with an estimated income of $48.9 million!


Which is a famous song of Elton's?

The track appeared in the movie, Almost Famous!


What was Elton's middle name changed to?

His real middle name he was given at birth was Dwight!


Which of Elton's tracks is relative to space?

The inspiration for Bernie Taupin's lyrics, however, was the short story The Rocket Man, written by Ray Bradbury. The sci-fi author's tale is told from the perspective of a child, whose astronaut father has mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job!


What did Elton receive from Queen Elizabeth II?

Elton received knighthood in 1998 for “services to music and charitable services,” making his Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE!


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