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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.
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)
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 called stewards who were trying to make fans sit down during Leicester gig as "pr***s", and threatened to storm off the stage.
Sir Elton John launched into an expletive-laden rant at security guards at his concert in Leicester this weekend, threatening to walk off stage when personnel started preventing fans from getting out of their seats and dancing.
The veteran star was performing in front of 17,000 fans at Leicestershire County Cricket Ground on Saturday night (June 11th). However, concert-goers observed Elton becoming agitated at what was going on in the front row, as stewards started instructing fans to sit down when they began standing up to dance.
Sir Elton John performing live in 2016
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The singer says his husband has proved ‘unpopular’ after taking over his business affairs.
Elton John has said he’s nicknamed husband David Furnish ‘Yoko’ because he’s proven so unpopular after taking over the singer’s business affairs. Speaking to The Sun, Elton said David had "changed some assistants” since taking over, but while he’s been unpopular with some, record company Universal have never been happier.
Elton John says he refers to husband David Furnish as ‘Yoko’.
“I call him Yoko now because a lot of people don’t like what he’s doing,” Elton said. “David has taken over the complete reins. We’re a family business now and we’re trying to get rid of people we really don’t need.”
Continue reading: Elton John Referes To 'Unpopular' Husband David Furnish As 'Yoko'
It will be the singer’s first non-cameo film role since 1975’s ‘Tommy’.
Elton John has confirmed he will have a role in the upcoming sequel to British spy comedy Kingsman, The Golden Circle. The singer was first rumoured to be appearing in the film last month and his confirmation comes just as shooting on the sequel has begun in London.
Elton John has confirmed he will have a role in sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
On Instagram John posted a parody poster which featured his iconic star glasses in Union Jack colours, along with the phrase ‘Wednesday night's alright for fighting’, a reference to his 1973 hit ‘Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)’.
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The annual list shows the most charitable Britons and was once again topped by the Sainsbury family.
Sir Elton John and Jk Rowling are officially Britain’s most charitable celebrities, according to the Sunday Times’ Giving List. The music icon and the author both gave away a hefty amount of their fortune to charities over the past year to top the list, which also included One Direction and David Beckham.
Elton John has topped the list of Britain’s most charitable celebrities.
The Sunday Times reports that John gave an estimated £26.8m to charity last year, mainly to his Aids foundations in the UK and the US. The singer established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 and it is said to have raised over $200m so far to support HIV/AIDS programs around the world.
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Leonard Lauder , Elton John - Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Hot Pink Party 'BCRF Goes Wild' at the Waldorf Astoria - Arrivals at Warldorf Astoria - Manhattan, New York, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016
Details of his role are unclear, but it could be the first time that the 69 year old pop legend takes a character role in a movie.
Sir Elton John is reportedly set to make a move to the big screen, with new reports indicating that the pop legend is in talks to star in the forthcoming sequel to Kingsman alongside Taron Egerton.
The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the 69 year old singer could be lined up for a role in Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to the comic-book adaptation original, which became a hit at the end of 2014. However, it isn’t clear exactly what the role would be - i.e. whether he’d be playing a character or starring as himself.
Is Sir Elton John heading for a cameo in the 'Kingsman' sequel?
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Elton John , David Furnish - Final performance of 'Billy Elliot' at the Victoria Palace theatre after being in London's West End for eleven years. Several former cast members were in attendance. at Victoria Palace Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th April 2016
John vehemently denies the allegations, which his lawyers describe as "patently untrue" and an "abuse of the legal system".
Sir Elton John’s legal representatives have strongly denied the claims of sexual harassment made against the singer by a former security guard, slamming the allegations as “patently untrue”.
Jeffrey Wenninger, who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department and worked off-duty on Sir Elton’s security detail until September 2014, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the 69 year old pop legend alleging sexual harassment and battery, following repeated instances of groping and inappropriate behaviour.
Sir Elton John with his husband David Furnish in 2015
An artist who genuinely requires no introduction, Sir Elton John is one of few living musicians who can genuinely justify the tag of being a legend. He has sold more than 250 million records, played over 3,500 concerts and has the biggest selling single of all time. He is currently touring this, his 32nd studio album, in North America, with UK shows lined up in June.
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Highlights from Sir Elton's private collection of more than 7,000 photographs will go on display in the Tate Modern in November 2016.
Sir Elton John has announced that he’s teaming up with the Tate Modern art museum to showcase a selection of images from his private collection of 20th century photography later this year.
The exhibition, to be entitled ‘The Radical Eye’, is to feature more than 150 images from masters of modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s, such as Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko and Dorothea Lange.
The Tate Modern says that the selection made available is “unrivalled”, though it constitutes just a scratch on the surface of the singer’s massive collection, reportedly containing more than 7,000 artworks. The catalogue, which he began collecting more than 25 years ago, is “one of the world's greatest private collections of photography” according to the museum.
The special show was to benefit the Elton John AIDS foundation, which the singer founded in 1992.
Elton John delighted fans in LA on Saturday afternoon when he gave a surprise concert in the parking lot of the iconic Tower Records building on Sunset Boulevard. But that’s not all, as the singer also welcomed a very special guest to the stage, Lady GaGa, as the pair raised awareness for the Elton John AIDS foundation.
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Elton said the two fell out after Bowie called him ‘rock’n’roll’s token queen’.
They're two of the biggest icons of British music, but Elton John has revealed that he and David Bowie had not been ‘the best of friends’ for decades, after comments made by Bowie in an interview with Rolling Stone in the 70s.
Elton John has revealed a 40 year feud with David Bowie.
Speaking to The Evening Standard Elton said: “David [Bowie] and I were not the best of friends towards the end. We started out being really good friends. We used to hang out together with Marc Bolan, going to gay clubs, but I think we just drifted apart.”
Continue reading: Elton John Reveals 40 Year Feud With David Bowie
Date of birth
25th March, 1947
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