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We remember when rock was young. A young man named Reginald Kenneth Dwight from Pinner, Middlesex, England.

66 years ago today, Sir Elton Hercules John arrived out of his mother’s womb in a cloud of glitter, feathers and sequins. It was an historic day,  if only because a baby had never been born in Pinner, Middlesex — or anywhere for that matter — wearing ostentatious glasses and platform shoes. And he’s been scandalizing the world ever since.

Though on the eve of his 61st birthday he deemed himself “too old” to dress “as flamboyantly as I used to,” we’re glad to take that yellow brick road down memory lane at what once was and shall never be: Sir Elton John’s greatest fashion “hits.”

Check out Queerty’s retrospective of the Rocket Man’s signature style throughout the ages.
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Sir Elton took this rather subtle pantsuit and embellished it with a statement shoulder — the statement being “Saturday night’s all right for gagging.”

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Sir Elton’s style could often be described as “eccentric,” but this Donald Duck costume was the work of a quack. Note the absence of his signature glasses, meaning he probably got dressed blind. At least, let’s hope that was the reasoning.

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With all these feathers, Sir Elton looks like he’s about to fly away…and here we thought the peacock was a flightless bird.

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Sir Elton’s mum must have been so proud when her little boy took first place at the science fair for his human molecule costume.

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Here he is giving Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt/Michelle Pfeiffer/Anne Hathaway a run for their money as Honky Catwoman.

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Sir Elton decided to pair this patriotic mohawk with one of Bea Arthur’s Golden Girls evening gowns for a mash-up of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Miami, You’ve Got Style” — America’s quintessential tunes.

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Who says you can’t wear a quilted lamé sofa cover as a jacket? It’s really an everyday look.

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He’s no tiny dancer. Little known fact: these are the actual size of Sir Elton’s feet, making him quite popular with the gentlemen — and a few ladies.

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Sir Elton’s battles with drugs and booze have been well-publicized so you can bet he was more than a little buzzed in this bee costume.

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For his 50th birthday, Sir Elton made an entrance fit for a queen, er, king, serving Louis XIV eleganza — complete with a 15-ft feather train and a 3-ft powdered wig. It’s unlikely he’ll repeat this outfit for his 66th since he reserves it for laundry day.

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