I can't think of any other musician that is quite as flamboyant and flashy as Elton. In the last decade or so he's toned it down a bit but still has a unique style of his own. For anyone who's had the pleasure to see him perform live (I have!) you've seen his showmanship in action. I can't file him under the category of "classic rock", I think "pop rock" would fit better. But whatever you call it - his talent as a pianist and songwriter is exceptional. He's an icon.
Here's some interesting tidbits from This Day in Music:
1947, Born on this day, Elton John, singer, songwriter, pianist, (Reginald Dwight), 1971 UK No.7 single 'Your Song', 1973 US No.1 single 'Crocodile Rock' seven other US No.1's. Biggest selling single of all time with 1997 'Candle In The Wind 97', plus over 50 UK Top 40 hit singles. Sold over 150m records worldwide. He auditioned for prog-rock band King Crimson. Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. Some of the aliases Sir Elton has used checking into hotels include, Prince Fooboo, Sir Humphrey Handbag, Lillian Lollipop, Lord Choc Ice, Lord Elpus, Binky Poodleclip and Sir Henry Poodle. Elton John’s official nickname is Rocket Man - but Rod Stewart calls him Sharon.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~