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.
Sir Elton criticised Luigi Brugnaro's decision to remove books featuring same sex relationships from primary schools.
Sir Elton John has taken to social media to brand the mayor of Venice as “boorishly bigoted” after the official’s decision to ban books about homosexuality from the city’s primary schools.
The multi-million selling musical veteran, 68, married his long-term partner David Furnish in December 2014, and used his Instagram page to criticise newly appointed right-wing Venetian mayor Luigi Brugnaro for the decision he took in June that all primary schools and nurseries would not be allowed to make books featuring same-sex couples and themes to pupils.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish
The singer believes that being able to change his parents' lives makes it all worth it.
He may be one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, but it's not the money, or the awards, or even the screaming fans that make the climb to the top worth all the hard work. Rather, Ed Sheeran says the biggest reward of fame is his ability to change his parents' lives for the better.
Ed Sheeran, family man
The 'Thinking Out Loud' singer told The Mirror that the highlight of his career so far is "being able to really pay my parents – not just financially – but being able to give them the things they wouldn't have ever dreamed of...
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Lady Gaga will be honoured by the Songwriters Hall of Fame when she receives their Contemporary Icon Award in a ceremony on 19th June.
Lady GaGa's status as an iconic singer has been confirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall will present Gaga with the Contemporary Icon Award which is presented to a singer "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture".
Lady Gaga will receive the Contemporary Icon Award.
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A pair of the singer's heart-shaped glasses have been stolen from a US museum
A pair of Elton John’s glasses have done what the singer once asked people not to do: they have gone and broke his heart.
A pair of Elton's sunglasses, worth thousands of dollars, have been stolen
The Don’t Go Breaking My Heart singing legend has had a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses stolen from the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
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The singer’s mother Sheila Farebrother hired an Elton impersonator to entertain her guests at her 90th birthday.
Sheila Farebrother, the 90 year old mother of singer Elton John, has revealed the reason why she and her superstar son have not spoken in seven years. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mrs Farebrother blamed the singer’s husband David Furnish for straining the mother-son relationship, but said the final straw came when she wouldn't give up two of her oldest friends.
Elton John has allegedly not spoken to his mother in seven years
Mrs Farebrother said the end of her relationship with Elton came over a ‘petty’ reason which sparked a a catastrophic argument between the pair. “It's seven years now in June”, Sheila told the newspaper. “But you know, I've got used to it. And it was all so stupid — so petty.”
Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
Elton John had called for a boycott of the Italian designers after they made controversial comments regarding IVF during a magazine interview.
Actress Zoe Saldana has weighed in on the Dolce And Gabbana boycott debate, saying she wont let the designers' comments on IVF affect her fashion choices. Saldana made the comments to E! News during the GLAAD Media Awards, which were held in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Zoe Saldana at the GLAAD Media Awards
When asked if she would be joining the boycott led by Elton John Saldana said, "No! Not at all, that would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing.”
Madonna has weighed in on the Dolce and Gabbana IVF controversy. Which other celebrities have offered their views?
Madonna has offered her opinion on the Dolce And Gabbana controversy and firmly supports Elton John's views. The controversy stems from a comment made by designer Domenico Dolce in an interview in an Italian magazine, Panorama. In the interview, Dolce described children born by IVF as "synthetic babies". The March issue of the magazine was released on 12th March but the backlash against the duo continues with many celebrities and LGBT groups calling for a boycott of the label and protesters picketing D&G stores.
Madonna at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2015.
After a director of the fashion house resigned earlier this week, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sought to clear the air over the controversial IVF comments.
Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have sought to defuse the uproar over their comments about children born through IVF by saying they respect how all people choose to live their lives.
Comments made by Dolce in the Italian magazine Panorama last week, describing IVF babies as “chemistry children” and “synthetic children”, exploded in a celebrity feud on social media over the weekend, resulting in a boycott of the fashion house’s products led by Sir Elton John.
Dolce & Gabbana defended and clarified their comments to CNN
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The designers spoke out to clarify that statement.
So Dolce and Gabbanna (the designers, not the company) have made some eyebrow-raising statements recently and received some backlash – from Elton John, of all people.
Elton John almost got an apology out of Dolce and Gabbana. Almost.
The Italian design duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, whose romantic union lasted 23 years until 2005, told Italy's Panorama magazine: "We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one."
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Date of birth
25th March, 1947