While it has admittedly been a long, hard road, Elton John is now celebrating a quarter of a century of sobriety. The 68-year-old internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician, marked this milestone on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, by posting on Instagram, “25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time.” Also included were the hashtags #gratitude, #happiness, and #blessed, as well as a celebratory cake photo:
Elton’s husband, David Furnish, also posted a congratulatory message, “Happy 25th Birthday Elton. You inspire me with your light and your love every day.” His post included a photo of a sobriety coin to mark the momentous occasion.
John battled cocaine and alcohol addiction during the 70’s and 80’s. After meeting an Indiana teenager, Ryan White, who contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and died in 1990, he knew it was time to get control of his life and get sober. (See the full article on Yahoo).
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, he was discovered to be a musical prodigy at the age of three when he sat at the piano and played “The Skater’s Waltz” by ear. He was awarded a scholarship as a Junior Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Music at age 11 and attended on Saturday mornings for the next four years.
As an older teen, he joined music group Bluesology. From 1965 to 1967 as band member Reg Dwight, he was active in writing, playing, and performing music. Check out his song Mr. Frantic from 1966:
As Elton John, he began touring to promote his first album, Empty Sky, in 1969. As far as the rest of the story, knighted Sir Elton has certainly earned his place in history as the third most successful artist of the American charts, surpassed only by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. (See his biography at Elton John).