I’m Still Standing! Happy Birthday Elton John for Sunday 25th March.
We have two pairs of shoes in the collection that have been worn by Elton John.
We have a pair of boots owned by Elton John, designed by Gianni Versace and worn by the Elton John lookalike Ray Johnson.
The Life & Sole shoe gallery was opened on 25 October 2002 by Elton lookalike Ray Johnson.
Ray, “call me Elton”, a well-known lookalike was resplendent in a purple suit and sporting the trademark hair and earring. Ray purchased the boots from an Elton John sale. He was kind enough to donate the boots to the Shoe Collection at the end of the evening.
The other boots are actually stilts that were worn by Elton John in the 1975 rock opera ‘Tommy‘. In the 1975 film Elton John played the Pinball Wizard Champion.
Sir Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England. Reginald began playing piano when he was four, and at the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He had previously attended Pinner County Grammar School. He stayed at the Academy for six years, before leaving to start a musical career.
In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His single “Candle in the Wind 1997’’ has sold over 37 million copies, becoming the best selling single of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.