Elton John's Height
5ft 6 ½ (168.9 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)
British Singer. In his heyday he would sometimes wear extravagant 3-4 inch platform shoes.
I feel so short, I never wear really short shoes. I rarely wear tennis shoes. I'm 5' 8", I hate being short. I'm sure I will wear something that's flatter. I mean, in a couple of years' time I'll probably look at a picture for me in platforms and say, "What the hell was I doing?" Those are, again, disposable.
-- Rolling Stone, 1972
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Average Guess (49 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 7.32in (171cm)
Current: 5ft 6.17in (168.1cm)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Sep/20
Another little gem of information today from The Chase's Shaun Wallace:- Elton's original stage name was Elton HERCULES John.
Well, I never knew that! 😮
Elton, who's listed as a pop singer but starred in The Who's ROCK opera as The Pinball Wizard, gets 5ft7.5 peak height and an inch less for today.
Catagorisation - that's a difficult one, and one of many of Rob's tricky jobs I don't envy one iota! 😉
Keith Bacchus said on 30/Jul/20
5 foot 8 173cm peak spot on
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Mar/20
🎂🎁🎉🎈 Happy Birthday Elton! 🎈🎉🎂🎁
Wishing Elton John a Very Happy 73rd Birthday with David, his sons and all his friends. 🎼🎹🎶🎵😁😄👨👨👧👦
5ft7.5 peak; 5ft6.5 today.
Nik Ashton said on 9/Feb/20
I’m wondering if he ever really was 5’7”.
Nik Ashton said on 7/Feb/20
I’m bemused by his above comments!
said on 7/Feb/20
Look at this:
Huey651 said on 24/Jan/20
I always pictured Elton John to be 5'5"- 5'6"ish. It appears I may have approximated his height closer to correct than not. Like just about everyone else in the world I love Sir Elton John! What a profound impact he has had on my life, shaping my musical likes, influences and repertour. Sometimes I cry for the incredible places and situations I'm retro rocketed back in time to when playing certain SEJ tracks. What a wonderful circumstancial chance that we both are alive in the world at this same time and moment. To have had him in the world with us all to love, enjoy and celebrate has made all our lives richer.
Neil Craig said on 21/Nov/19
There is a photo of Elton with Lewis Hamilton on the BBC HOMEPAGE today, and Elton, at best appears to be about 5 foot 5 inches. No footwear in the photo. He is 72 now, but definitely well under 5,6" now.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Oct/19
It's Elton's husband, David Furnish's 57th Birthday today. I wish them a very happy family day with their gorgeous little sons! 🎀😸😁😆👍🎀
Elton, brilliant in 'Tommy' as the Pinball Wizard, gets 5ft6.5 and an inch more for his peak.
⭐ Don't expect to be able to judge Elton's height from 'Tommy'; those were the days he wore those giant shoes; in the film, he falls off them!
sulu2019 said on 29/Sep/19
My dad and Elton were both the same peak height, but today, I think my dad might be taller than Elton.
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 26/Jul/19
Current height is 5ft 6 range
Peak height during his 30s and around my age 30, Tom cruise range like 5ft 7.
He probably lost bit more height than I guessed like 1/8 inches or so..
Anyways, I do like his song from Disney's Lion King called Can you feel the love tonight Circa 1994.His voice for famous Lion Kings Can you feel is so amazing that I sometimes listen when I feel depressed and miserable.
Elton in general, he is pretty underrated but overlooked for his talents on various songs.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/May/19
Oftentimes I wake up with a song in my head. This morning's was 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' so I simply had to play it. It set me up for the day quite beautifully! 💐😉 Thanks Elt!
said on 21/Apr/19
I personally think that you should upgrade this considering that 6’2” Future recently posted a photo with Elton John, and there is a 7 1/2” difference between these two. Maybe the footwear might be a big factor, but he looks like a solid 5’9.5” next to future. The only way this would be possible is if future wore flat shoes and he wore something that exponentially boosted your height like Doc Martens.
Here’s the link:
said on 9/Apr/19
I personally think he is 5'7.5'' max (peak height). There is a photo of him and Axl rose together. Axl is 5'8'' and they look pretty damn close in height. Maybe .5 of an inch off of each other.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Mar/19
🎂🎁😁 Happy Birthday Elton! 😁🎁🎂
Have a great day with your family and friends and a terrific new year ahead.
Thanks for the many happy memories. You've been part of my life since I was a kid!
5ft7.5 peak, though it was IMPOSSIBLE to judge Elton's height in Tommy, for instance, with those enormous boots! 5ft6.5 now.
Monkey knees said on 27/Sep/18
5ft 6 now.
Russ said on 18/Sep/18
My wife and I were inside the huge MGM casino in Las Vegas. We were strolling past the many retail shops. I saw a guy wearing an overcoat and hat (in the middle of the HOT Summer). This is something you don't see every day....especially in Las Vegas. He was looking at something in the display window. As I was passing him, he turned his head and looked right at me. It was Elton John, but I wasn't 100% positive. Then I noticed a large fellow standing about 10 feet away (probably a bodyguard). It was then that I knew it was Elton John. I'm only 5'9", and I was slightly taller. The hat he was wearing made it difficult to tell...although he was probably wearing lifts. I was wearing "tennis/athletic" shoes.
Man in Black said on 5/Sep/18
Peak height probably a hair under 5'7". On that 1980 Johnny Carson interview when he refers to himself as now 5'8" it's in the context of his current more conservative footware,compared to the 5" platforms he wore in the early 70s which he said made him over 6'. However on the carson show he's wearing cowboy boots with a 2" cuban style heel, which would put his barefoot height at under 5'7" or even less.
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/18
@ IRememberWhenRockWasYoung - I kind of gathered that you were an Elton John fan! 😁🎛️🎤🎹
Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/18
@ IRememberWhenRockWasYoung - I thought he was always rather difficult to gage, especially when he wore those giant shoes!
IRememberWhenRockWasYoung said on 14/Aug/18
One of the guys who actually looks a lot shorter than he really is. Even in his younger years he didn't really look 5'7 to me.
Sandy Cowell said on 27/Mar/18
🎈 A Happy Birthday to Elton John, two days belated! 🎈
I hope it was a good one, enjoyed with hubbie and those gorgeous sons! 🎂🎁
Nik said on 7/Jan/18
@ Sandy Cowell
Yes ''im in de phone (di phone) is trying to give you and your phone a bad name, so he will be pleased to know that you have got plans for him! Just say laptop to him when he starts playing up, he might think twice then! He just goes out of his way to insult everyone under the sun!
Animals love televisions, they like to follow things moving on the screen, particularly other animals!
Also 5'8" is not short, its average in my experience! Maybe it's a low average but it's not short like Elton says. This gentleman is under average but he is not that short at 5'6.5"!
Psychedelic Earth 187 said on 6/Jan/18
169 then. And 167-168.
Sandy Cowell said on 5/Jan/18
@ Nik - Yes, I quite liked that one myself!
I asked 'im in de phone' if he has any New Year resolutions and he lept at the chance of saying, "I wish to get ruder and filthier with each and every correction!"
Well, I don't think he's been doing too badly up until now, I must admit! Any ruder and I will have to threaten him with replacing him with a trustworthy laptop this year! But I did SO want a nice new larger TV! Having so many cats eats away at the money, as you can imagine, but I am sure the cats would far prefer a huge TV, especially Felinia, who is an avid fan of animal programmes, particularly ones with cats and kittens in!
Cheers Nik! 👍 😸
Nik said on 1/Jan/18
@ Sandy Cowell - Hi!
You can't take 'im anywhere, can you? I wonder if your autocorrect has any New Years resolutions?
He gets more funny every day!
Sandy Cowell said on 31/Dec/17
@ Ian C - I enjoyed your extremely well-written comment about Elton John!
@ Nik and those who want a
🔔 New Year Giggle! 🔔
My dear and charming autocorrect tried to call ol'
Elt 'Elton's John', and we all know what a John is 🚽, don't we children? 😉
Ian C. said on 30/Dec/17
So Ol' Elton actually told an interviewer that he hated being short. Elton has usually been very candid, which is both admirable and a little unnerving. If you're a celebrity, a certain amount of falsity is just good manners, because you're displaying a polite concern for how you want people to think about you. If you actually admit your flaws it's as if you are saying you don't care about the opinions of your fans.
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Dec/17
So sad to hear that Elton's beloved Mum has just passed on.
Heartfelt sympathy goes his way from all at celebheights.
said on 26/Nov/17
- Rob, If you have a look at 07:25 at this clip when Elton John was on Johnny Carson in nov 1980 - he talks about his platforms making him the size of John Wayne. He stated his height as 5'8''. Click Here
Editor Rob: he wore some big platforms back in an era where they were more socially acceptable.
Today, not many men are wearing them...elevator shoes are the hidden equivalent.
John Davis said on 16/Aug/17
Yeah I'm not surprised you feel short because you're actually 5ft 6 not 5ft 8
Anonymous said on 3/Aug/17
When he was young, before the crazy shoes, he couldn't have been much shorter than 5'8" next to 6'6" ish Long John Baldry. If Baldry was actually his reported 6'7", Elton would have been over 5'8" at peak. But playing piano can cause havoc on your back. And Elton's one of the hardest working (and best) piano players in rock/pop music. That could have caused him to shrink more than most.
Sandy Cowell said on 25/Mar/17
...and what about those massive characature-like monstrosities he wore in rock opera 'Tommy'? Is it surprising he fell off them and straight into the crowd?
I'll give him 5ft7.5 for peak and 5ft6.5 now. It's his Birthday today as well! Happy Birthday Elton! 🎂🎈 👍😊
BeeslieLoomis said on 28/Jun/16
Shared lift with him at Four Seasons. Shocked by his stature, I'd say 5 foot 5 is quite generous.
SonnyboySlim said on 20/Apr/16
In 1970, maybe 5'7.5". Now, probably a hair over 5'6"
Aravind said on 15/Apr/16
I think he is 5'5 due to being 69.
Johno said on 19/Feb/16
said on 2/Oct/15
If furnish is 5'8
Two niches les for his boy friend.
5'6 for ethon john no more
said on 28/Sep/15
actually, Michael Jackson was taller than Elton John by several inches, here's a photo
Elton John 5ft 7.5 prime (with heels appears around 5ft 8-8.5), Michael Jackson 5ft 9-9.5 prime.
said on 23/Sep/15Click Here
Here Elton looks taller than Eminem who's listed as 173cm, wonder what's up with that?
meezemaker said on 22/Sep/15
maybe taller than Jackson, but with 3/4/5 inches elevators shoes like he used to wear ... or since M Jackson is 175cm, we guess Elton at 180 (+2 inches u said?? and Kevin Spacey at 186-187 cm which he is wrong since he claims 175cm.
Last point, why the only height cheater man couldn't be the only man who loves elevators shoes
walker said on 23/Mar/15
He was taller than Michael Jackson by at least 2 inches, so if Elton is 5' 4".....Michael is 5' 2"?
Meezemaker said on 27/Jan/15
if kevin spacey 's height is 5'9, I can't understand how a 5'7.5 or 5'7 could look so tiny next to him. Elton John had always suffered of a short height and always tried to show taller. He is between 5'5 and 5'6, wearing his 3 inches or 4 inches heels, he could look 5'8 flat, butjust look this photograph and u understand he is 3 inch shorter than Kevin spacey. Otherwise, u can guess Elton J came to this party wearing flat shoes... so 5'5 or 5'6, no more. I should be downgrade.
Last point, if he claimed 5'8, u can guess as that man is such focused about his height to wear 4 inch heels, it is at least 2 inchs less.
Luise Chang said on 17/Nov/14
He looks shorter than 170 (5'7) due to his stocky physique and short body proportions (leg and arms). Anyway, shortish in stature but a Goliath in talent.
Orwell's Advocate said on 29/Sep/14
I think with the platform shoes and his past height of 5'8, he's really about 5'5. My best guess, anyhow
pailrider said on 31/Aug/14
I would say early days he was around 5'4", no shoes. Cosmetic limb lengthening possible, if he's 5'8" today imo...
avi said on 16/May/14
when is the downgrade going to happen? 5'6.5. 5'8 is common for 5'6 guys to claim.
davfit said on 24/Oct/13
I stood next to him in 91, I'm 6ft, he is 5'6 or less and at that time was very slim and looked very good
truth said on 14/Sep/13
yeah this looks right 5ft6 with Harry Styles being 5ft9 he looks 3 inches shorter.
Victor said on 24/Jun/13
I saw him standing very near to me in 1987, and he was exactly the same height as me, 5'7.
Stryker said on 30/May/13
I was standing next to Elton I'm 5'8" barefoot and I was at least 4" taller than him. Why do celebs lie about thier height? Who gives a s!!
mcfan said on 31/Aug/12
Elton's 5'7.5 is very close to being right.
Dom said on 13/Oct/11
He looks easily 5'8" In a few vids playing tennis with 5'9,5" Serena Williams he looks pretty much her height.
Chase said on 4/Aug/11
I met Sir Elton at a Oscars party. I'm between 5'7'' and 5'8'' give or take a half inch and we pretty much looked at each other eye to eye. I may have been a half inch taller. I would say just about 5'7'' is on the money.
Shaun said on 18/Jul/11
Spot on. I'd have guessed 5'7" peak, today looks Glenn height. Surprising David Furnish is also shortish, he has the head of a 6'3" guy.
Hung said on 5/May/11
Elton John is very short, we can judge him by looking at his arm, extremely short.His hight max is 5'5"
said on 18/Apr/11
How about this pic with 5'11'' George Michael?
I'd never buy Elton John being taller than 5'6''.
Spence said on 4/Apr/11
I think he used to be 5'8 or 5'9 he was average height at peak..I don't buy the 5'6 5'7 stuff
leonari said on 4/Feb/11
Elton was about 5'7" peak. But I saw him in concert about 2 years ago and he seems to haven shrunken a lot. His lifestyle in the past ( wild partying, drugs etc.)may have taken a toll on his stature. Below 5'6 these days. He also looks quite bad for a man in his early 60s...
Alibra said on 5/Jan/11
He can't be more than 5 4' I am watching the 2011 People's Choice Awards this very moment. We all gasped to ourselves...is Elton a dwarf? Amazing talent but short as heck.
leonari said on 9/May/09
Never is a he 5'8". I saw him in concert recently and he walked past me. He is 5'6.5 like Rob has him. Was a bit taller when young
Peter said on 8/May/09
Elton John must be a little bit taller, nearly 5' 8" (1.73 m)
yoyo said on 29/Apr/09
he don't look short as 5ft4. i bet him 5ft6 at less.
glenn said on 20/Feb/09
cant look as high as 5-9 in good lifts.my friend claims 5-10 for him once.5-6 in flat dress shoes.5-7 peak possible.newspapers would give 5-3,5-4.
said on 18/Feb/09
I think he was 5'8 in sneakers back in the day. The problem with him is the platform shoes. He probably was only 5'7. Difficult to pinpoint back then:Click Here
Anonymous said on 3/Jan/09
a definate 5'7 in his prime
suzy105 said on 29/Dec/08
I saw Elton John leave the mens' room at Caesars Palace 3 weeks ago. I stand 5'8" tall. He was a good 4 inches smaller than me. He looked very diminutive. Must have left his heels at home. Even though he may be short his talent is gigantic!!
anonymus said on 2/Nov/08
>noname, Do your math !
noname said on 7/Oct/08
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters !!!
5ft 7.5 = 169 cm
5ft 6.5 = 166.5 cm
said on 27/Aug/08
another thought on elton's height. take a look at the end portion of this clip from the tv sitcom "absolutely fabulous". he is standing next to joanna lumely, listed as 5'8", who is wearing heels here; yet he seems to have a good two inches on her! strange...Click Here
jonny said on 31/May/08
his good friend gary osborne says he's 5' 8.5" - he should know, he did write a few albums with him
glenn said on 10/May/08
i read 5-4 for him too.
said on 8/May/08
heres a link to an article that says he's 5' 3.5". crazy huhClick Here
glenn said on 19/Apr/08
he looked 5-6.but he can look 5-9,5-10 as well.
sam said on 19/Apr/08
if elton john straightened up, he'd look a smidge shorter than glenn. 5'7?
guyfrommars said on 11/Apr/08
I don't know what Elton John's height was in his prime as he was wearing 5-inch platform shoes those days... :-)
Joe said on 1/Apr/08
Glenn, you look a lot taller than Elton in your photo. Do you think Elton could be shorter than 5'6.5?
said on 11/Feb/08
This site lists Marisa Tomei at 5'4", in the 8th photo on a page from wireimage we see EJ with Tomei in heels. There are quite a few inches there!?!?! Click Here
The Prodigal Son said on 7/Jan/08
I think that Elton John is a solid 5ft 7in,
Sure he can look a lot smaller but can't we all?
I think the picture posted says it all to be honest.
Elton John Freak said on 23/Aug/07
Elton i think is 5 7.5 because you can't judge it in this pic. he likes leaning torward so it makes him look shorter.
AEcc21 said on 11/Aug/07
I remember a big charity concert with a bunch of celebs all in bare feet including Elton... I betting that he is 5' 8".. hes definately a couple inches taller than Billy Joel and Paul Simon. so I cant imagine how short those two are.
said on 29/Jul/07
Look at this pics of Elton beside 5'10 Tom Jones.
(If the pics are not reached directly by this link, type "Tom Jones Elton" and "enter")
said on 1/Jul/07
Elton looks a solid 5'10 with 6' Kilmer:
said on 5/Jun/07
Elton looks atleast 5'9 in this picture standing next to a 5'11 George Michael, all be it the pic was taken some years ago.
glenn said on 5/Apr/07
yeah,i wish i saw olivia 16 months ago here in nyc.
Brad said on 5/Apr/07
I saw The Bee Gees around '74 at the Central Park (Schaefer I think) Music series at the skating rink for $2. They were great. At Madison Square Garden in '79 it was screaming girls and those ugly shiney outfits. Abba was great in concert but Olivia Newton-John on her Physical Tour at Forest Hills was incredible. The lead singer of The Buckinghams did the Travolta duets with her.
glenn said on 4/Apr/07
your right viper.thanks for reminding me.i love odessa and idea from their psych/folk period and i guess main course and spirits havin flown from the disco era.that 2001 cd was amazing.cant remember name? still waters? or was that the 1997 one?
Anthony said on 3/Apr/07
The Bee Gees are great. I made a mix cd for my family's New year's Party. "You Should Be Dancing" gets everyone up. And yeah, the ABBA girls are reclusive, especially Agnetha. The band in general comes across as somewhat reclusive, seeing how they are so vehemently against reuniting under any circumstances.
Viper said on 3/Apr/07
The 2 guys from Milli Vanilli, Rob and Fab, made an album of their own in 1991 I beleive. It didnt sell well but from individual reviews Ive read is that its a decent pop album, and that they really could sing.
glenn said on 3/Apr/07
that stones album is amazing.people are dumb.shame the abba girls are recluses.i saw benny and bjorn and the bee gees at the same time walk right past me.tried to stop them.security from this event got in my way.funny thing is there was only 7 of us,spread out.not 20,100,200 onlookers and dealers.i just arrived and wasnt on point.nobody was.now i have nothing to show for it. i love the bee gees too.all periods.
glenn said on 2/Apr/07
i had no clue viper.i ignored it for 18 years.even had it in my house for 3 months before i put it on.they dont have another,correct? i bought it used as a joke for 2$.little did i know.one of the last 80s sounding releases.i lost my photo with them.i had my arms around the 2 of them.wait,their might be a solo cd? i dont remember toxic,but i remember thinking it was ok.
Anthony said on 2/Apr/07
Oh, and I agree ABBA are not bad by any means. I'm no musician, but technically they were very well produced. Benny & Bjorn really put effort into the production and the girls were fantastic vocalists. Agnetha especially.
Anthony said on 2/Apr/07
Yeah, I should seek out "Victim Of Love". A lot of the times I disagree with an artist's best or worst albums. A lot of Rolling Stones fan hate "On Their Satanic Majesty's Request"", but hey, I love it.
And I agree Viper, that "Toxic" is the best thing she recorded. As for Milli Vani;lli, the songs are still great despite the controversy.
Viper said on 2/Apr/07
Glenn, that Milli Vanilli album is a classic. It may not be by Rob and Fab but the songs are all just very good.
Viper said on 2/Apr/07
Toxic really is Britneys best song.
glenn said on 2/Apr/07
there couldnt be a more better time for the subject.this morning i played the milli vanill cd for the first time.i was shocked that i loved it! it was less r&b and dance than i thought,and more a good new wave album with hints of r&b and dance.i didnt expect the new wave.at least i can hear the new wave in it.abba isnt bad though.they are great.but i get your point.the visitors was their best for me.their darkest album with no hints.even the title and album cover hints of supernatural.ace of base ripped off parts of that album.i love disco! and eltons album is just that from beginning to end.its almost sounds like one 30 minute long disco song.similiar sounding songs or tempos i think.i only heard it once.need to go back to it.i love the village people!
Anthony said on 2/Apr/07
I have lot. ABBA, Manilow, Captain & Tennille, and Chicago's later material. For a while I dug Britney Spears' "Toxic", horribly ditty but very catchy and tnertaining at the same time. All generally dissed by the public, but I love them. Any true music fan can find aretistci value in almost any form of music. I'm a huge disco fan as well. I'm also big on the 1980s'. I got an entire boxed set for Christmas filled with 1980s' music. I've beent empted to seek out "Victim of Love". I have most of Elton's albums from 1969 up about 1976, nothing onward except for the "To Be Continued...." boxed set.
glenn said on 1/Apr/07
about a month ago i found a gem of all gems.im such a music junky,i love when i find rarities or bargains.i found a 2.99$ sealed copy of eltons victim of love cd at a pathmark supermarket.whoa is it fun! an all out disco album!.so bad its actually good.lots of fun.he must be embarrassed by it.id rather listen to that than some of his elevator music.no offence,i love his music for the most part.i have a fetish for bizzare music.and victim fits the bill! there is a category that i sort of invented with my freinds.the so bad,that its actually good.its also for b-movies.i dont like or use the term guilty pleasure.im not guilty or embarresed by anything i listen to.anything comes to mind on that so bad its good subject? anthony? anyone?
Anthony said on 30/Mar/07
Neither could I. Elton was the first concert ever saw back in 1999 when I was 8, a solo show at MSG. Amazing show. His shows are generally more diverse without his band. With the band it becomes more or less of a "greatest hits" extrvaganza (though the 60th birthday show was largely comrpised of rarely or never performed numbers). Solo, he's more person and laid back and leans toward rareer numbers. He did things like "Ticking" and "Sweet Painted Lady" when I first saw him.
glenn said on 30/Mar/07
i couldnt afford it.i had another show to go to that night and forgot i mightve had a elton connection to the show.tix were 277$.i at least reveled in the guests in town all week for him.
Anthony said on 29/Mar/07
I give him 5'6 1/2 tops these days. But hey, he just turned 60.
I wish I was at the 60th birthday show. : (
Glenn said on 17/Jan/07
Then Im 5-11.though in the right footwear,Elton can look 5-9,even 5-10.WITHOUT heels.bizzare.
Robert.R said on 15/Jan/07
I remember years ago him talking to a dietician about the correct weight for his height and he gave his height as 5'9", at the time there seemed little difference between his height and his width.
Glenn said on 22/Dec/06
leonari said on 22/Dec/06
Glenn is around 5'7.5 at night which still makes Elton John look 5'6" MAX!! But Rob hangs on to his 5'7" estimate which I consider his absolute peak height back in the 70's...
aussie bloke said on 22/Dec/06
he appears around 5ft6 compared to Glenn in that picture, but is Glenn 5ft7.5 or 5ft8, coz he alternates his height a lot!
Glenn said on 18/Dec/06
In boots without heels is what I meant to say.
leonari said on 18/Dec/06
Glenn: Thanks man! once more we agree ! I also see Elton at 5'6"...especially these days.Was maybe a tad taller younger.
Glenn said on 17/Dec/06
Elton in boots can appear as big as 5-9,5-10.I have other witnesses.this night,I kinda bumped into him.he had the flatest dress shoes here.I always believed 5-7.I now think 5-6.read lows of 5-3,5-4.
D. Ray Morton said on 16/Dec/06
"Nigel Olsson with age?"
Haha. Olsson hasn't aged quite that badly.
sf said on 16/Dec/06
Anthony - I was listeing to those albums when they came out in the 70's my man, so I know all about them. And, I was just having some fun with the Abba comments.
leonari said on 16/Dec/06
GLENN: After your recent encounter with Elton John: Do you still think 5'7" or could he be loser to 5'6" these days? What kind of footwear had he on that day? Please reply.Keep up the good work man! Your the best!
Brad said on 15/Dec/06
Nigel Olsson with age? Elton is 5' 7" and Glenn looks er, 5' 8".
Glenn said on 4/Dec/06
You have to have this annouced on the latest comments.otherwise visitors wont know.
Glenn said on 4/Dec/06
Elton,I really do love you.dont feel betrayed by this photo.
[Editor Rob: oh and your HOlyfield photo is up aswell, check it out folks, he isn't looking over 6ft with glenn either!]
Glenn said on 3/Dec/06
Guess Im not paying attention,or not they arent stocking well.
Anthony said on 3/Dec/06
No, I always see the four I mentioned at Barnes & Noble , Best Buy, etc. Remastered editions no less. Not imports. Occasionally, I've gone to a few stores that specialize in rare cds, bootlegs, imports, etc. and have come across "The Fox" or "Jump Up". Other than that, I haven't found any of ELton's stuff from that period.
Glenn said on 3/Dec/06
Most of those titles are cheap priced imports here.you sure your not confusing them with the imports?
Anthony said on 2/Dec/06
"Sleeping With The Past" I believe is still in print. It's always available in the Elton section at my local Barnes & Noble. Not to satart a fight or anything, but I have seen it. The majority of Elton's 1979-1989 output is out of print, though. Only ones I regularly see are "Too Low For Zero", "Ice On Fire", "Reg Strikes Back", "Live In Australia" & "Reg Strikes Back". Everything else is out of print. "Victim Of Love", "The Fox", etc., are gone.
Glenn said on 2/Dec/06
All out of print on cd.import only.
Anthony said on 2/Dec/06
Elton's most hated albums are "Victim Of Love" and "Leather Jackets". As far as his 1980s' work, his best studio album back then was by far "Sleeping With The Past".
Glenn said on 2/Dec/06
I forgot about Victim of Love.dont remember it.I know its one of his few hated.saw Davis Jr when I was 10.
Brad said on 2/Dec/06
I saw Manilow at Forest Hills in '78. He's stronger now in Vegas. Victim Of Love was amazingly bad. I think he was Studio 54'd & French disco'd. MCA probably died when they heard the first airing. He gives 100% in concert in Vegas much like Sammy Davis Jr. did. A lot of extended run artists get bored and do crap shows.
Glenn said on 20/Nov/06
I like Manilow.I need to get that deluxe edition Abba cd that came out recently.was it Super Trouper?
Anthony said on 19/Nov/06
Glenn, I agree, I don't consider them guilty pleasures. I'm open about all my favorite artists. I love ABBA and Barry Manilow as much as Led Zep and The Who.
And sf, ABBA has a lot of stuff better than "Dancing Queen". I love "DQ", but check out the stuff on their last two albums, "Super Trouper" and "The Visitors". Great stuff.
Glenn said on 19/Nov/06
I have a few cds and vinyl.need to complete my Abba collection.
Anthony said on 17/Nov/06
Good to know I'm not alone. Yeah, I at the moment only have the boxed set, but I really do intend on the "Complete Studio Recordings" boxed set for Christmas. That and a laptop. : )
sf said on 17/Nov/06
I had to pick the one sappy group that everyone likes!!! You guys just probably like slow-dancing to "Dancing Queen."
Glenn said on 16/Nov/06
I love Abba.there never should be guilty pleasures.I actually love Abbas hits,but The Visitors is my favorite LP.darkest and no hits.the damn thing reeks of supernatural actually!
Anthony said on 15/Nov/06
Thanks, Glenn. A lot of people tell me that about me sound more mature for my age. Oh, and sf, believe it or not, I am a HUGE ABBA fan. I'm always a bit ashamed to admit, but there a guilty pleasure. I have their boxed set, and I really enjoyed "Mama Mia".
Glenn said on 15/Nov/06
Yeah,Anthony you impress me too.when I was your age I didnt have that range you have.I know this one young guy,well maybe 20 now,that blows us all away,at the age of 18,when I met him.imagine when all of us here hits 40,the knowledge,between us all!
Glenn said on 15/Nov/06
Thats true sf.even metal cds from 3-10 years ago,I hated.love them now.and vice versa.and of course certain classic rock and most R&B I hated,now love as well.still hate the hits.either corny or too played out.
sf said on 15/Nov/06
Anthony - you sound like a pretty mature guy for 15 and with some cool musical tastes. Like you said, you'll get older and more exposed to different types of music, etc. The stuff you like now you'll hate when you're 30, but there will always be some you still like. I've liked Elton since his heyday in the early 70's and I still like him. On the other hand, I used to buy ABBA 45's and I haven't found myself buying too many ABBA cd's lately.
You'll be amazed what you grow to like when you're older. And, when you go to college, you'll meet so many people with so many musical tastes - that will definitely broaden your horizons. I used to hate the Beatles in high school but now I know why they are so respected. Used to hate the Ramones, but now turn it up every time I hear "I want to be sedated." I love Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and many jazz greats, and never thought I would like jazz. Hell, I even like classical music more than I ever thought I could and now play classical guitar!
You just never know.
Glenn said on 14/Nov/06
Great.another post I forgot to hit submit.I was saying if you ever get Maiden,go for Powerslave first.complex and accesible.Killers is my fave album of all time,but its darker and left field at times.wouldnt reccomend at first,though it was my first metal album.
Anthony said on 13/Nov/06
It's okay. One day, I'll be into metal. I've been meaning to get into stuff like Iron Maiden and some of the heavier stuff.
I like "Westies", it does have some really good stuff (namely "Grow Some Funk Of Your Own", "Feed Me" and "I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford")), but something about the overall sound of the record. Elton sounded best IMO when it was just him, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson & Dee Murray (and occasionally Ray Cooper). On "Westies" he sacked Nigel & Dee and surrounded the remaining two with a slew of extra musicians. I felt it gave the record a somewhat bombastic, over the top quality. It's got a "too many cooks in the kitchen" feel to it. But hey, to each his own. I don't hate it. Don't love it, but don't hate it.
Glenn said on 12/Nov/06
Had I known you were 15 I wouldve never raised my temper.I dont raise my temper on women or young adults.sorry.I actually love Westies.I guess I cant pick a fave.Brick Road is obvious.I need to get his classics on cd to pick.I have old vinyl.my least faves are the ones I mentioned.good to see your branching out! one day,maybe youll appreciate the intricate,complex passages to metal!
Glenn said on 12/Nov/06
I never realised you were so young.when I was your age all I listen too was the same 10 to 20 Metal groups.Im 34.not 40 by the way.I was getting celebs since 18.and met some as early as 5.explains alot,our early music years.we were both a little naive to whats out there.actually,I started out with a little new wave.then full blast into metal.I usually dont go by what the critics say.BUT I do heed for new releases,mainly idependants.so I choose wisely.what is your least favorite Elton? and fave? thank you Anthony.you were well spoken and respectfull.
Anthony said on 11/Nov/06
Ever magazine may have said it SUCKED, but it's extremely popular with the fans. Every fan review I've read of the album is glowing. Obviously, you're of a different opinion. I don't base my opinions off magazines (not saying you do).
I'm not trying to get obnoxious. Yes, you know far more music. Yes, you're into more genres than me. You're about 20 years older than me, so obviously you've had quite some to broaden your musical horrizons. Yes, I'm mostly familliar with radio classic rock, it does take up the majority of my collection. I have a little bit of all that music except for rap, Latin & classical. I wasn't trying to prove you wrong. Because you're right, I can't. I never intended this to be a contest.
Glenn said on 9/Nov/06
Every magazine I read said it sucked.and it SUCKED.you sound like one of those fans where an artist can never do wrong.unless I got the wrong live album.have a copy of Ice of Fire on cassette here.dont remember it well.must have a listen.rare songs and effort dont always make for a great live album.mightve been great to see it in the flesh.no need to get obnoxious again Anthony.all you know,it appears is classic rock.you dont touch me musically.if you dont like metal,then you dont know s***.I have friends,like myself that know and love death metal,new wave,classic rock,early reggae,early rap,jazz,classical,latin etc.what do you know? radio classic rock.proove me wrong.bet you cant.
Anthony said on 8/Nov/06
"and that Live in Australia.whew.that stunk."
This one I'm willing to fight you on. "LIA" is one of favorite live albums. A lot of the songs are ones that we'll probably never see again on another Elton live album, and it was also a very bold show on Elton's part because at that time Elton was in serious danger of losing his voice. Most Elton fans love the album. You're the first person I've ever come across that didn't enjoy it.
Elton IMO is actually the greatest live solo artist in existence. He was the first artist I ever saw in concert when I was 8 years old, him and his piano. Fantastic show. I always enjoyed Elton's solo shows with just him and his piano more than with his band. That being said, he's damn good with his band as well.
Glenn said on 8/Nov/06
True Sf.amazing Chris.now you see that I saw him taller than me.well,if my friend resends the Elton pic that didnt go through,you will see I caught him liftless!
Chris said on 7/Nov/06
Matt Lucas from little britain made an interview with Sir Elton John. Matt is 5'6½'' and Elton looked 3 inhes taller. I could tell he was wearing lifts. I like that show, funny:)
sf said on 7/Nov/06
Elton's made a lot of bad, but he's made a lot of good stuff, too. I actually like, "I want to kiss the bride"!! I just like the way it sounds. And, "I'm still standing."
You know - I would think it would be hard for ANY rocker to still be writing good, catchy songs in their 40's, 50's and 60's. I mean, especially when you've written so many and you're way past the points of wanting to write songs that appeal to teenagers and 20-somethings.
Glenn said on 7/Nov/06
They say his 80s stuff was the worst.then theres the also out of print Too Low For Zero.for me personally,Made in England,or actually its The Big Picture was the worst.Picture and or England.and that Live in Australia.whew.that stunk.
Anthony said on 7/Nov/06
I actually hear "Made In England" is great. "Leather Jackets" and of course "Victim Of Love" are said to be his worst. The 1980s' were a very rough time for Elton, both personally and commercially. But he did have a lot of great music from that time period: "Empty Garden", "Nikita", "I'm Still Standing", etc.
Glenn said on 6/Nov/06
I wasnt trying to anal,but Im so obsessed with music Im sure it come across that way.thanks for understanding sf.I HATE,and its only a few times,maybe several,when Im about to buy a cd and its suddenly out of print.that sucks.then its off to the used bins or Ebay.
sf said on 6/Nov/06
I gotcha - the only reason I pointed that out, was because I thought maybe you thought it was out of print and didn't think you'd be able to get it. so, I was just trying to tell you it's still in print and you can get it. Yes, I'm sure 21 at 33 is probably out of print.
Glenn said on 5/Nov/06
I have a beat up tape and Vinyl to 21.I need the cd.I thought his worst was that Made in England, I think its called.the 80s stuff was slagged.but I love it.especially compared to some of the 90s stuff.
Anthony said on 5/Nov/06
I know how you feel, Glenn. My cousin got me a copy of "21 At 33" about six years ago. Really underrated album. Shame it's out of print now.
Anonymous said on 4/Nov/06
No, he meant "21 At 33". "Captain Fantastic" is in print. You guys should get the deluxe edition. It's awesome. I think Elton got quite heavy at times. He's at his heaviest on songs like "Gotta Get A Meal Ticket" from "Captain Fantastic" and of course "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".
sf said on 3/Nov/06
Glenn - are you saying Captain Fantastic is/was out of print on CD? Cause I got it a few years ago.
Glenn said on 3/Nov/06
Out of print on cd for the last 10 years or so.I also thought that was his heaviest album.for him that is.Killers and Whites Stripes are great.Stripes can be Metal at times.especially live.I have more respect and love Bon Jovi compared to the crap young people listen to.I might get the new Elton this weekend.
Anthony said on 2/Nov/06
I still need to get the new album.
sf said on 2/Nov/06
Not to say that Captain Fantastic wasn't hugely successful, it just somehow didn't spawn the hits that other albums did. But, yes, it's a great concept album with good music and decent lyrics (not the biggest fan of Taupin's lyrics, but like what they're trying to say in this album). The new, "Captain and the Kid" isn't too bad, either.
Anthony said on 1/Nov/06
sf - "Captain Fantastic" is my favorite Elton album. It may have only had one big hit ("Someone Saved My Life Tonight"), but the album as a whole is classic. One of the best concept albums ever. I actually used to have "21 At 33" on cd. I remember it having some damn good stuff on there, specifically "Little Jeannie "and "White Lady, White Powder". I also agree with Glenn's wussy soft rock view. As a 15 year old, I'm constantly bombarded with kids in my age group who worship those guys (well, I've never met a Lamb Of God, nor do I think I've heard anything by them), and put me down because I love older music. Their loss. I hate moder n music. The only mainstream rock bands I have any respect for are The Killers and The White Stripes.
Glenn said on 1/Nov/06
Wussy soft rock is fake pop punk(Good Charlotte) Nu Metal(Korn) and fake death meatal(Lamb of God).I have all of Eltons vinyl as well.of his lesser known ones,I love 21 at 33.not even in print on cd in this country.in fact,Meat Loaf is Metal at times to me.Elton influenced Metal group Dream Thearte with the opening track to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.Captain was still the first album in history to enter at #1 in the sales chart.
sf said on 1/Nov/06
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirty Cowboy is a DAMN good album. One of Elton's best but not really appreciated the way some of his albums were. Only spawned one big hit, but has lots of great songs not as well known.
Anthony said on 31/Oct/06
A lot of people bash Meat loaf and Elton. A lot of people brand them as wussy soft-rock guys. I figure those guys are only familliar with the hits and have not taken a deeper look into their catalogue. I msyelf only have a Meat Loaf hits cd, but there's a lot of great, lesser known stuff on it. I have every Elton album from "Empty Sky" up to I think "Captain Fantastic", and it's really brilliant.
Glenn said on 31/Oct/06
Actually,bumping into Elton and Bernie would be very,very realistic this week.concerts.
Glenn said on 31/Oct/06
Im a big Meatloaf fan too.I have all the lesser known cds and vinyl.not just the Bat trilogy.and of course Steimans solo album.which was to be Bat 2.Bonnie Tyler,Air Supply and now Dream Engine.all the works of Steinman.still need to get that new Elton cd.
Anthony said on 30/Oct/06
I'd imagine 5'5 is right. He's shorter than Elton. Elton and Bernie I ggive major credit to since their music is what turned me on to classic rock when I was about 5 or 6.
I love Steinman, too. His work with Meat Loaf is great.
sf said on 30/Oct/06
Yes, I've wondered about Taupin, too cause he looks even shorter than Elton. I heard one of Elton's new songs by the way, and really liked it. Reminded me of some classic "slow" Elton from the 70's.
Glenn said on 30/Oct/06
No,I wish I met Bernie.hes around from time to time.and alot recently.thats the kind of guy you have to bump into.theres no info on the whereabouts on a guy like that.I imagine 5-5? I got lucky and bumped into Jim Steiman last March.5-8 and sweet.
Anthony said on 29/Oct/06
Hey Glenn, have you ever met Bernie Taupin?
Middle-sized Cat said on 10/Oct/06
Playing piano is not that good for posture! Mind you, Gilbert O'Sullivan, who was once as successful as Elton, is 5'10".
sf said on 26/Sep/06
Someone commented on this on the Jay Leno site, but last night Elton was on and wasn't that much smaller than Leno. Like the other guy said, looked like Elton did have lifts on, also by how he was walking. I suspect Elton wears lifts a lot, as vain as he is.
Glenn said on 19/Sep/06
The time I saw him at 5-9 he had these doc or combat boot looking footwear that went up to he knee almost.you could hide the 8th wonder in the world in those things.when I got the pic 2 weeks ago he had really flat dress shoes.
Glenn said on 19/Sep/06
Interesting Rob.5-6.25 tops for what I saw 2 weeks ago.5-8,5-9 is what I used to see.5-10 my friend saw once.
[Editor Rob: he might be funny shoeman, or shrunk a little. Actually, he was on parkinson talk show and his shoes looked a wierd shape]
Editor Rob said on 18/Sep/06
Did find an article describing, in 1991 'For worth star' "Elton John, rock star, 5 foot 5 1/2"
but then, in same article: "Bruce Willis, actor, 5 foot 8"
Glenn said on 13/Sep/06
leonari said on 12/Sep/06
nothing above 5'7" except for his platform shoes...I even dare to say that he is exactly 5'6" nowadays. I agree with Glenn: like so often: and Billy Joel: he was never 5'6"...more like 5'5" in his heyday...
Glenn said on 11/Sep/06
5-6.making Billy Joel a liftless guy and possibly 5-4.
Editor Rob said on 11/Sep/06
In a evening chronicle 2003 edition, recollecting some snippets from a 1977 interview with elton, it quotes Elton giving a height:
"I'm 5ft 8ins"
Anthony said on 2/Sep/06
Elton I'd say is somewhere in the 5'7 range, bbecause he looks about two inches taller than Billy Joel, who in my eyes never looked much more than 5'5 or 5'6 to me.
Leung said on 17/Aug/06
Elton John has a love hate relationship with the media, there have been a few well publicised incident’s where rude paparazzi have gotten to him and he has mouthed off. But on the other hand he does great interviews and openly discusses most things, I have seen in a few interviews where he is asked a question such as “if there was something you could change about yourself what would it be?” , he honestly admits that he wished is was slimmer and taller. To me he has always looked 5’7”-5’8”.
said on 7/Jul/06
5'8"...5'7"...even 5'6"...not even close. Take a look at this picture: Click Here
Look at his ARMS. If there is an obvious disproportionality in the arm length/height ratio, there is only one of two explanations: a severe birth deformity, or MASSIVE high heel shoes/lifts (or even leg lengthening surgery, where they crack your tibias to grow new bone). Remember: the human arm span is approximately the same as our height. In this photo, his arms look like a rag doll. They are obviously too short for the height that he appears to be. The woman he is with, Donatella Versace, is supposedly 5'5". Even her arms are longer than his.
Anonymous said on 21/Mar/06
In his younger years (25 years ago) Sir Elton used to wear those outrageous platform shoes (in vogue during the 70's) but it didn't make him look tall...I am surprised he is listed as almost 5'8"...
S said on 18/Jan/06
I heard he was only 5'3" I wonder why they would wite he was shorter than he is?
[Editor Rob: I think madame tussaud's had a shorter Elton many moons ago and this might have been the 5ft 3 version?]
Glenn said on 15/Jan/06
he can look 5-8,5-9.Ive read absurd 5-4,5-5.I think truly in bare feet he is 5-7.
starky said on 13/Jan/06
where i worked there was a picture of him as a special guest next to a bloke i worked with at a sports day,everybody in trainers. This guy was like 5ft8 and looked a lot taller that elton so i think he's smaller than you'd think without platforms!
Tubbs said on 19/Oct/05
I remember Elton saying that the day he became Chairman of Watford he was 6'4", he said he was wearing 8" platforms, so the 5'8" adds up.
MHouillon said on 29/Jul/05
Yeah, I saw that picture of El Tonno laying on his Piano with his feet up. Noticing his heavy heeled and very heavy thick soled shoes... Or more platforms...
mcfan said on 18/Jul/05
He appeared about two inches shorter than Lennon and McCartney in different photos. 5'8 is close.
British Guy said on 2/Jul/05
I Have Been Watching The Live 8 Show,
This Guy Is In 3 inch Platforms And Still Looks,
Well Below The Height You Have Listed Wonder What Is Going On!!??
RR said on 20/May/05
When I met him he was in sneakers and clearly 5'8". My husband was with me and he's 5'8", so it was easy to measure him up standing by us.
he is 5'4 said on 19/Mar/05
I was watching a show saying his shoe maker gives him 3 inches of extra height.....lol...He's nowhere near 5'8