Elton John

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Elton John
Background information
Birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Born 25 March 1947 (1947-03-25) (age 68)
Pinner, Middlesex, UK
Genres Rock, glam rock, progressive rock, soft rock
Occupations Composer, musician, singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1965–present

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE[1][2] (birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, born 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England) is a British rock musician. He started his music career immediately after leaving school.[3] Elton John was the biggest music star in the 1970s.[4]

Career[change | change source]

John became famous in the early 1970s when he and songwriter Bernie Taupin wrote several songs which he performed and recorded. John became a huge star, not only for his musical abilities, but for his flamboyant stage personality. He composed several musicals. He also composed the music for the animated movies The Lion King (1994) and The Road to El Dorado (2000). He is active in charity work. In 1997, in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales, John released a version of his hit Candle in the Wind. That became the world's biggest selling single of all time. It sold 37 million copies within two months.[source?]

Personal life[change | change source]

John has had treatment for alcoholism, drug abuse and bulimia nervosa.[5]

In 2005, John entered a civil partnership with David Furnish. They had been together for 12 years.[6] On 21 December 2014, John and Furnish married. Guests at their wedding included English former footballer David Beckham along with his wife Victoria Beckham and their younger sons and their daughter. Their eldest son, who is also John's godson, was not present.[7]

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums

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