We all have our favorite singers and entertainers, but the most famous singers, some of who earned their notoriety in life – others in death, leave a mark on the world and their songs go on forever. Here are a just a handful of tidbits about some of the most famous singers to date.
Bing Crosby crooned his way to fame and is henceforth dubbed Mr. Christmas. His recording of White Christmas has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and was, until 1998, the best-selling music single of all time. Crosby’s birth name was Harry Lillis Crosby and his nickname Bing evolved from a comic strip titled The Bingville Bugle that he read as a child. His gold record credits include Don’t Fence Me In, Swinging On a Star, and Pistol Packin’ Mama.
Sir Elton John, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, may arguably one day be the most famous singer ever. His career has spanned decades. And while “Mum’s the Word”, his homage to the late Queen Mother, was in industry terms, a flop, the release of “Candle in the Wind 1997” as a tribute to Princess Diana sold over 33 million copies making it the number one selling single of all time. Couple this with his long list of chart toppers and musical accomplishments and his fame will last an eternity.
In the late fifties, a king was born. Undeniably and forever known as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel was his first number one hit. Accredited for popularizing rock and roll, Presley went on to eternal fame even though his performing career was short-lived. He holds the record for the most weeks at number one, most consecutive number one hits, and the most top ten hits. Elvis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
There are plenty of famous singers who are women as well. Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, and Shania Twain, each with their own musical accomplishments, are but a few. However, world wide, Madonna is possibly the most famous female singer, having sold over 120 million albums worldwide.