On the 23rd of January, a longtime member of Elton's group celebrated his birthday.
On Facebook, Nigel Olsson wished John Mahon a happy one. The percussionist responded to his bandmate and others, writing, ''Thank you everyone for all the beautiful birthday messages. I am truly blessed with wonderful friends and family.''
Another music-maker celebrated his big day a day later. Neil Diamond turned 80 on January 24, and was saluted by the Rocket Man.
Elton said, ''Neil is one of the all-time great singer/songwriters and performers. He introduced me on stage at my first ever show in America at the Troubadour in L.A. and wrote me a lovely note. That show changed my life and Neil was a huge part of it--I will never forget the kindness he showed me.''
You can hear the message here: