Elton John

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

25th March, 1947







Sir Elton John CBE (born Reginald Dwight, 25.3.1947) Elton John is an English singer and songwriter, who rose to fame in the 1970s and has continued his career over four decades.

Childhood: Elton John was born in Middlesex, in a house belonging to his mother's parents. Although his father tried to encourage him toward a conventional career, such as banking, Elton decided to pursue his musical career after leaving Pinner County Grammar School at 15.

Elton's parents were keen followers of popular music and were responsible for introducing him to the likes of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley in the 1950s.

Elton's piano playing began when he was three years old and lessons started when he was seven. Aged 11, Elton won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.

It wasn't until 1972 that he legally changed his name to Elton Hercules John.

His Musical Genesis: Aged 15, Elton (still known as Reginald Dwight) began playing piano at weekends in his local pub. He included his own compositions alongside covers of Jim Reeves as well as old pub standards such as 'Roll Out the Barrel.'

He went on to perform in hotel bars and formed a band in 1964, called Bluesology. Bluesology became a backing band for the likes of The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle

In 1967, Elton's relationship with Bernie Taupin began. They had both answered an ad placed in the New Musical Express, by the A&R manager of Liberty Records. Elton wrote the music to a number of Bernie's lyrics, posted them to him, and their long-lived partnership began there and then. For two years, they wrote songs for the likes of Lulu and Roger Cook as well as Britain's 1969 Eurovision entry, 'Can't Go On (Living Without You).

Eventually, the songwriting duo began writing songs for Elton to perform. In 1969, the single 'Lady Samantha' and an album, Empty Sky were released, to great reviews, but poor sales. However, the pair eventually found massive success on both sides of the Atlantic. Elton briefly retired from performing in 1976 but returned to the limelight, working again with Taupin as well as other lyricists such as Judy Tzuke and Tom Robinson.

Discography (Albums)

Empty Sky (1969)

Elton John (1970)

Tumbleweed Connection (1970)

Madman Across The Water (1971)

Honky Château (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 For 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) [Featuring K.D. Lang, Kiki Dee, P.M. Dawn, Little Richard, Chris Rea, Leonard Cohen and George Michael, among others]

Made In England (1985)

The Big Picture (1997)

Songs From the West Coast (2001)

Peachtree Road (2004)

The Captain & The Kid (2006)

Personal Life: In 1976, Elton John announced, in a Rolling Stone interview that he was bisexual. On Valentine's Day, 1984, Elton married Renate Blauel, a German recording engineer, much to many people's surprise. They divorced four years later. Elton went on to renounce his bisexuality and came out as a homosexual. In 1993, Elton met David Furnish. Furnish was formerly an advertising executive, now a filmmaker. In 2005, the couple had a civil ceremony to legally bind their partnership. Their low-key wedding ceremony was followed by a lavish party at their mansion in Berkshire.

Elton John has ten godchildren, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son, Sean Ono Lennon, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian Charles, Seymour Stein's daughter and David and Victoria Beckham's son, Brooklyn.

Elton has battled a number of addictions throughout his life. His rock n' roll lifestyle began to take its toll in the 1970s and he suffered a drug overdose during Los Angeles' 'Elton Week' in 1975. He is also known to have suffered from the eating disorder, bulimia. In 1999, Elton was fitted with a pacemaker. It has been reported that this was due to an irregular heartbeat.

In 2000, Elton John sued his former manager, John Reid and his accountants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. During the case, he admitted having spent £30 million in just under two years. Evidence provided in court showed that he had spent $9.6 million on property and £293,000 on flowers between January 1996 and September 1997. Elton lost the case and was ordered to pay £8 million in legal fees.

Elton John's fortune has been estimated at £250 million, making him one of the entertainment industry's wealthiest figures, despite his excessive spending habits.

In 1976, Elton John became the chairman and director of Watford Football Club. He invested a great deal of money into the club and still holds shares in the organisation, though he is no longer the main shareholder.

Since the deaths of his friends, Freddie Mercury and Ryan White, from AIDS, Elton has been a long-time supporter of various AIDS charities. In 1986, he teamed up with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder to release 'That's What Friends Are For' (written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager). The single won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal, as well as Song of The Year, for its writers.

In 1992, Elton created the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which funds research programmes seeking to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Each year, since 2004, Elton has sold a number of his second hand clothes in a shop called 'Elton's Closet', to raise money for charity.

Elton John Launches Tirade Against Brexit

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 25 July 2018

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People "weren't told the truth" during the 2016 referendum, Sir Elton claims.

Sir Elton John has sounded off about the ongoing painful Brexit negotiations, saying that the Leave campaign made “completely ridiculous” promises and that voters didn’t know what they were getting.

The songwriting legend was speaking to Channel 4 News on Tuesday evening (July 24th) and said that the current state of negotiations, just over two years on from the referendum back in June 2016, is like “walking through Hampton Court maze blindfolded, being turned around 16 times and trying to find your way out.”

“I don’t think people in Britain were told the truth to start with,” Elton continued. “I don’t think they knew exactly what they were voting for. They were promised something that was completely ridiculous and wasn’t economically viable.”

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Sir Elton John Warns Ed Sheeran His "Heyday" Won't Last Forever

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 09 May 2018

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Ed Sheeran's ubiquity and popularity will wane eventually, Sir Elton warned when talking on George Ezra's podcast.

Ed Sheeran may be the biggest male pop star in the world right now, but his friend and mentor Sir Elton John has warned the young British singer that his fame won’t last forever, and neither will his songs be so loved.

The 71 year old pop legend was speaking about the nature of massive worldwide fame on fellow singer George Ezra’s podcast this week, and said that 27 year old Ed’s music won’t be popular forever, and that he must be prepared for that eventual downturn.

“You have a heyday and you have a rest, and the heyday can never be replaced,” Sir Elton explained about his own experiences. “After that I had the common sense to know I’m not going to have a number one every time straight away. I knew someone else would take over. It’s cyclical.”

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Elton John To Read A Bedtime Story For Children's TV

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 26 April 2018

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The star is the latest to join the 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories' elite.

Sir Elton John joins an elite group of celebrity storytellers as he is selected to read the next CBeebies bedtime story. It may not seem like such a big deal, but for a family man like this legendary musician, it's a wonderful opportunity to show a side of himself usually reserved for his children.

Image caption Elton John and David Furnish at a 'Sherlock Gnomes' screening

The 71-year-old unveils his fatherly persona for the public on 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories', for which he'll read 'The Dog Detectives: Lost in London' by Fin and Zoa, illustrated by Monika Suska, next month.

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Steve Hamilton Shaw, John Stevenson, Carolyn Soper, Jamie Demetriou, David Furnish, Sir Elton John, James McAvoy, Ashley Jensen and Stephen Merchant at a gala screening of 'Sherlock Gnomes' held at the Cineworld Leicester Square in London. The sequel to 'Gnomeo & Juliet', the movie sees the couple hire a detective to investigate the case of the missing garden ornaments - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd April 2018

Rod Stewart Criticises Elton John's Farewell Tour

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 22 March 2018

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The rocker said his friend's retirement announcement was "dishonest"

International singing superstar, Elton John, thrilled and saddened fans in equal measure when he announced his retirement via a three year farewell tour but his friend and contemporary, Rod Stewart, has had an interesting reaction to the revelation - and said it stinks of selling tickets.

Image caption Rod Stewart has been critical of Elton John's retirement plans

The legendary Scottish rocker appeared on Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen and Cyndi Lauper and revealed he had contacted Elton after the Tiny Dancer star provided fans with information on his 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

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Elton John and David Furnish on the red carpet at the 2018 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park. This year's event raised $5.9 million for his AIDS charity - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 4th March 2018

Elton John Announces Retirement From Touring - But Not Before A 300 Date Tour

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 24 January 2018

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The hitmaker has been touring for 50 years

Iconic singer, pianist and composer Elton John has announced his retirement from touring after half a century of performing. The star has been on the stage for 50 whole years and has revealed he will be hanging up his microphone for good - but not until he has finished his current 300 show tour.

Image caption Elton John is retiring from touring

The Tiny Dancer hitmaker, who has a staggering catalogue of 30 albums, will visit every continent in the next three years during his farewell tour which will start in September.

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Elton John Compares Eminem To Sir Mick Jagger

By Clive King on 08 December 2017

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Sir Elton John says seeing Eminem perform live in person was like watching Sir Mick Jagger fronting the Rolling Stones.

Sir Elton John has compared Eminem to Sir Mick Jagger after seeing him perform for the first time.

The iconic 'Rocket Man' singer collaborated with the 45-year-old rapper - whose real name is Marshall Mathers III - on his hit single 'Stan' at the Grammy Awards in 2001, and he was left in awe of the star, and he has likened the performance to seeing the Rolling Stones band member wow crowds.

Speaking to Eminem for Interview magazine, Elton said: ''I was just mesmerized by you and your performance; it made the hairs on the back of my arms stand up.

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Elton John Mourns The Death Of His Mother After Recent Reconciliation

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 December 2017

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They had only recently reunited after a long feud.

Just months after the pair reconciled following a near 10-year bitter relationship, Sir Elton John expresses his shock and his sadness that his mother Sheila Farebrother has passed away this week at the age of 92. The last time he saw her was just one week ago.

Image caption Elton John at his AIDS Foundation Gala

Sheila died this morning (December 4th 2017), around 8 months after getting back into contact with her 70-year-old son. Sir Elton revealed the news in a moving post on social media just hours after he became aware of the tragic news.

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Will Beyonce Sing Reworked Lion King Hits?

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 November 2017

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The award-winning hitmaker will play Nala in the live-action remake of the Disney classic

Fans of Disney, fans of Beyonce and fans of the epic classic, The Lion King had all their Christmasses come at once when it was revealed there was to be a live action remake of the tearjerker with Queen Bey playing Nala due for release in 2019.

Image caption Elton John at the AIDS Foundation Gala

The 25th Anniversary gala of Elton John's AIDS Foundation took place at Manhattan's Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Tuesday evening (November 7th 2017), with a number of famous faces joining in the celebrations including Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Clinton, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Sharon Stone.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review


Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers as it took an anarchic, often transgressive approach to the super-spy genre and made a star of Taron Egerton. Now Matthew Vaughn is back with a sequel, and it's rather clear that he has a franchise in mind. The new movie is still wildly energetic and eye-catching, but it also has a more predictable plot that takes fewer risks.

We catch up with Eggsy (Egerton) as he's a respectable member of the Kingsman juggling his private life with his serious girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom). But megalomaniacal drug lord Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her part-cyborg henchman Charlie (Edward Holcroft) launch a vicious attack on Kingsman bases, leaving Eggsy and his colleague Merlin (Mark Strong) on their own. For help, they turn to their American counterpart Statesman, run by Champ (Jeff Bridges). His agents Tequila, Whiskey and Ginger (Channing Tatum, Pablo Pascal and Halle Berry) offer help getting Kingsman back on its feet. And they also reveal that they've rescued fallen agent Harry (Colin Firth), who is recovering from a brain injury. Meanwhile, Poppy launches a global assault.

To tell this rather simple story, Vaughn indulges in all kinds of flashy visual trickery. The action sequences are choreographed like wacky cartoons, as the camera swoops through the complicated mayhem with acrobatic skill. And the characters are vividly played by the top-notch cast with maximum personality flourishes. Egerton is terrific at the centre, as adept at physicality and comedy as he is at finding a touch of emotion here and there. His scenes with Firth are especially strong. And Moore makes the most of her goofy kingpin, who is trying to recreate 1950s Americana in the jungle, plus added madcap 1970s flair with a riotous Elton John, who gets stuck right into the mayhem.

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Elton John at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party held at The City of West Hollywood Park - West Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Elton John performing with his band live onstage at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Elton still has a handful of European dates to play before Christmas - Friday 2nd December 2016

Sir Elton John seen alone and with David Furnish and Diana Krall arriving at his 15th annual AIDS Foundation benefit held at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, United States - Wednesday 2nd November 2016