Elton John

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Sir Elton John
Elton John on stage, 2008.jpg
Background information
Birth nameReginald Kenneth Dwight
Born (1947-03-25) 25 March 1947 (age 72)
Pinner, Middlesex, England, UK
GenresRock, glam rock, progressive rock, soft rock
OccupationsComposer, musician, singer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active1965–present

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE[1][2] (birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, born 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England), better known simply as Elton John, 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?]

Outside of music, John has raised millions of pounds for people living with HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Awards[change | change source]

John has received the following awards.

Academy Awards[change | change source]

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

Tony Awards[change | change source]

  • 2000: Best Original Musical Score for Aida

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Change of Name". The London Gazette. No. 45571. 11 January 1972. p. 403.
  2. "New year honours". BBC News. The British Broadcasting Corporation. 1997-12-31. Retrieved 08-07-2009. KNIGHTS BACHELOR ...Elton Hercules John, CBE. Musician and Composer. For services to Music and for charitable services. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Elton John's biography on eltonjohn.com". Retrieved 08-07-2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "A biography of Elton John". Retrieved 08-07-2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. Rolling Stone
  6. Briggs, Caroline (21 December 2005). "Sir Elton celebrates his big day". BBC. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  7. Barbara Miller (2014-12-21). "Sir Elton John marries partner David Furnish in ceremony at their home". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-12-21.