BetteBack 1975: Bette And Elton Age For The Upcoming Cher Special

Feb. 3, 1975

The kind of schlock-rock life led by Elton John, 27, was bound to age him fast. Still, his fans may be startled to see him looking like a grizzled ancient in his forthcoming appearance on the Cher TV special. Wearing a satin-lapelled dressing gown and high-heeled clunkers, John plays a senile rock-‘n’-roller incarcerated in a rest home along with an equally decayed Bette Midler and Flip Wilson. John’s eyeglasses, a particular fetish, are surprisingly modest. Of his 100 pairs, he has chosen tinted aviators, rather than the giant shades even larger than himself that he once staggered onstage with, or the sporty diamanté numbers with pin wheels sparkling at the corners that he liked to show off before doing a handstand on the keyboard.

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