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Elton John
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Background information
Birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Born (1947-03-25) 25 March 1947 (age 74)
Pinner, Middlesex, UK
Genres Rock, glam rock, progressive rock, soft rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1965–present

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (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. Elton John was the biggest music star in the 1970s.


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.


John has received the following awards.

Academy Awards

Grammy Awards

  • 1987: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "That's What Friends Are For", performed by Dionne Warwick & Friends (award shared with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
  • 1991: Best Instrumental Composition for "Basque", performed by James Galway
  • 1995: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  • 1997: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Candle in the Wind 1997"
  • 1999: Grammy Legend Award
  • 2001: Best Musical Show Album for Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida (award shared with Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev & Chris Montan (producers), Tim Rice (lyricist) and the original Broadway cast with Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott)

Tony Awards

  • 2000: Best Original Musical Score for Aida

Personal life

John has had treatment for alcoholism and bulimia nervosa.

In 2005, John entered a civil partnership with David Furnish. They had been together for 12 years. 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.


Studio albums
  • Empty Sky (1969)
  • Elton John (1970)
  • Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
  • Madman Across the Water (1971)
  • Honky Chateau (1972)
  • Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973)
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
  • Caribou (1974)
  • Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
  • Rock of the Westies (1975)
  • Blue Moves (1976)
  • A Single Man (1978)
  • Victim of Love (1979)
  • 21 at 33 (1980)
  • The Fox (1981)
  • Jump Up! (1982)
  • Too Low of Zero (1983)
  • Breaking Hearts (1984)
  • Ice on Fire (1985)
  • Leather Jackets (1986)
  • Reg Strikes Back (1988)
  • Sleeping with the Past (1989)
  • The One (1992)
  • Duets (1993)
  • Made in England (1995)
  • The Big Picture (1997)
  • Songs from the West Coast (2001)
  • Peachtree Road (2004)
  • The Captain & the Kid (2006)
  • The Union (2010)
  • The Diving Board (2013)

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