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Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

English singer and pianist Sir Elton John kicks off the Mzansi entertainment calendar in style with a series of concerts.

John, who was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947, begins his concert at Sahara Park, Newlands in Cape Town, on Sunday before moving to Absa Stadium in Durban on January 16.

The tour ends in Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome where he will perform on January 18 and 19.

Elton John is one of the most successful of his generation, and his many gold and platinum records prove that he is among the best.

Followers of this king of pop's music can look forward to great hits such as Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind,Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Crocodile Rock, The Bitch is Back, I'm Still Standing, Saturday Night and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, among many more.

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. He could dip into soul, disco and country, as well as classic pop ballads and even progressive rock but still remained popular with his fans. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma and flamboyant stage shows made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s.

Unlike many pop stars, John was able to sustain his popularity, charting a Top 40 single every year from 1970 to 1996.

In his career, John has released more than 40 albums. There will also be a VIP party at the Party House. Tickets are available at Computicket.