Elton credits Rice and The Lion King with big career break
Sir Elton John has celebrated lyricist Sir Tim Rice to thank for transforming him into a superstar, because he had grown bored of his career before agreeing to write music for Disney hit The Lion King.
Rice reached out to the Rocket Man in 1993 and invited him to pen tracks for the popular animation, producing tunes including Circle of Life and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which earned Elton a Best Song Oscar and a Grammy.
The rocker teamed up with Rice again for another Disney film, Aida, in 1999, before going on to compose music for projects such as the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical, and new animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet.
And Elton insists he owes his big break to Rice, because his career "took off" after The Lion King.
He tells American breakfast show Today, "I've been very lucky, very fortunate. Fate plays a huge hand in your career and you have to have the instinct to follow it. I had a phone call in 1993 from Tim Rice and he said, 'Disney are making this brand new film called The Lion King.' I said, 'Of course I'll do it, I've never done anything like this.'
"That opened a huge door for me and it opened the door for Broadway, making our own animation, opened the door for me scoring movies. At that time, I was just making records, touring, making videos, so in 1993 with The Lion King, my career completely changed and took off and thank God it did, because it was boring doing the former three all the time...
"There's no end to what you can do really, if you're lucky enough to be offered the chance."
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