Elton John

Elton John

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Elton John Ends Nine-Year Feud With His Mum


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Sir Elton John has revealed he and his mother have ended their bitter nine-year feud after the singer’s recent brush with death that saw him put in intensive care with a bacterial infection he contracted in South America.

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The superstar singing sensation revealed he and his mother, Sheila Farebrother, were back in touch with a poignant message on Twitter in which he wished her Happy Mother’s Day.

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For those who knew him, Gary Unwin (better known as Eggsy to his friends), was never a likely candidate for a spy. After stealing a car and being a bit of a hooligan (who's always up for a laugh) eventually Eggsy landed himself in trouble with the police. What the outside world didn't know about Eggsy was his father was an incredibly brave probationary secret agent and Eggsy displays many of his father's strengths. Kingsman Harry Hart sees Eggsy's potential and trains him up as a Kingsman spy. Only Eggsy and one other trainee, Roxy, succeed in proving that they have what it takes to become a Kingsman. Together, with the help of Harry and their quartermaster, Merlin, they defeat psychopathic billionaire Richmond Valentine. Their mission is a success but in the process Harry is shot in the head.

Though Eggsy loses his mentor, life continues for the young spy and he becomes the Kingsman that Hart always knew him to be. As worldwide threats become known, the Kingsman are once again placed as the brink of extermination. Their headquarters and training grounds are blown up and Eggsy and Merlin must once again find a way to save the world.

Their hunt takes them to America and it's revealed that The Kingsman aren't the only highly secret organisation looking to protect the world; the two Brit's are introduced to Champagne, Jack Daniels and Tequila - three agents working for the Statesman, the US equivalent to Kingsman. With the help of their new American counterparts, Eggsy, Merlin and some other familiar faces might just stand a chance of saving the world all over again.

Elton John Recovers From A Life-Threatening Infection


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Elton John has been forced to cancel several of his upcoming Las Vegas performances after being hospitalized following his tour of South America. The singer had to undergo treatment for an illness that could have been lethal after his flight home from Chile ended in disaster.

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The 70-year-old singer had a number of dates lined up for his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace entitled 'The Million Dollar Piano', but those will have to be rescheduled as he recovers from his recent hospital stay. He was in intensive care for two days after contracting a potentially life-threatening infection.

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Sir Elton John Insists Vinyl 'sounds Better' Than CDs And Streaming


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Sir Elton John says vinyl ''sounds better'' than CDs and streaming.

The 'Tiny Dancer' hitmaker gushed about his favourite audio format after being named Record Store Day Legend ahead of the annual event on April 22.

Speaking to the BBC, he mused: ''It does sound better. I know people say it doesn't, but it does. I've been around long enough to know. I've been in so many studios, I've made so many records. It just sounds better.''

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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

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Rag 'n' Bone Man Surprised By Elton John Phone Call


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Rag 'n' Bone Man was shocked when Elton John told him he liked his music.

The 'Human' singer was amazed when he received a call from the 'I'm Still Standing' hitmaker - who he dubbed ''one of the best songwriters of all time'' - to praise his songs.

He said: ''He called me up on the phone, he's Elton John, he can get anyone's number.

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Sir Elton John Credits The Late George Michael As A 'brilliant Songwriter'


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Sir Elton John has praised the late George Michael as a ''brilliant songwriter''.

The 69-year-old musician dedicated his selected playlist on his radio show 'Elton John's Rocket Hour Show' on Apple's Beats 1 network on Tuesday (07.02.17), which saw him praise the fellow musician - who passed away in December last year - as a ''good friend'' and vocalist.

Speaking on the programme about the 'Club Tropicana' hitmaker, he said: ''I wanted to do a little tribute to him on the show because not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country's ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever. One of the best in the world.''

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Taron Egerton Loves Singing Elton John And John Legend


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British actor Taron Egerton is usually renowned for his great physical performances in Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle, but many have observed how good his vocal skills are in his new animated movie Sing.

Nominated for a couple of Golden Globes already, a few weeks after its release in America, Sing sees 27 year old Egerton play Johnny, a Cockney gorilla, who gets to sing Elton John and Sam Smith songs in the film. In a new interview, he opened up about why he was able to bring such joy to the part.

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A Memorial Concert Is Set To Take Place As A Tribute To The Late George Michael


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Dame Esther Rantzen has revealed plans to hold a concert in memory of the late George Michael.

The late musician tragically died at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day (25.12.16) and to commemorate the star the Childline founder is organising a show with an all-star line up as a tribute to George - who made a number of generous donations over the years - and to coincide with the organisation's 30th anniversary.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Esther said: ''I think it would be wonderful to celebrate him with a tribute concert next year. George helped us to reach out to hundreds of thousands of children through his generosity. I met him a couple of times, he approached us, rather than us going cap in hand to him, but it was an intensely personal gift.''

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Sam Smith Pays Homage To George Michael


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Sam Smith has credited George Michael for helping to shape him as an artist.

The 'Stay With Me' singer broke his social media silence on Monday (26.12.16) - his first post since June - to pay his respects to the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker, who was just 53-years-old when he passed away at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, South East England on Christmas Day (25.12.16).

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ''Words can't express how much you and your music meant and means to me. Please play his music as loud as you can today..& celebrate one of the most magical, talented, bravest & important figures in music & life as I know it. Your music & message will live on

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Elton John Denies Retirement Reports


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Elton John has hit back at reports he is set to announce his retirement after his 70th birthday next year.

Taking to Instagram, the singer assured fans there were ‘no truth’ to the reports and added that he was looking forward to celebrating 50 years of working with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

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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

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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

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Sir Elton John performs live at the Apple Music Festival 2016 held at Camden's Roundhouse, - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th September 2016

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Elton John making a live performance at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom - Sunday 11th September 2016

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Elton John

Date of birth

25th March, 1947

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.72




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