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Elton John: Pop Music's Chameleon

Elton John.
Elton John.

Elton John was one of the most successful musical acts of the '70s, but he's remained in the spotlight ever since, thanks in large part to his versatility. Trafficking in rock, disco, pop, adult-contemporary, soul and even country, John has become an icon thanks to classic songs like "Rocket Man," "Your Song" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." His vibrant live performances and outrageous costumes have only enhanced his reputation as a world-class entertainer.

John continues to find success while exploring multiple genres and media: He won a Grammy for the musical Aida, as well as an Oscar for his work in the Disney film The Lion King. His latest album, The Captain & The Kid, celebrates John's decades-long collaboration with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.