Over the years I've developed an appreciation for some his music. He started off heavily influenced by The Band, Leon Russell and The Beach Boys. He went off in other directions as well, with mixed results, but Elton is still here and made it to 65 today.
Of course a key component of Elton's work is the lyrics of Bernie Taupin. Pretty amazing all of the songs those guys have written together.
He seemed to do his best work with the core band of Davey Johnstone on guitar, Nigel Olsson on Drums and the late Dee Murray on bass. With them all adding great backing vocals to the records. Johnstone and Olsson are even in his current band.
"Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"
Maybe my favorite Elton song, almost goes into progressive hard rock territory!
"Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
Elton John - Grey Seal (Live)