Fact: Elton John has written a new song with Lady Gaga for her upcoming A Star is Born movie musical. The Poker Face singer will be directed by Bradley Cooper.
Fact: Elton John's 25th annual Academy Awards viewing party raised $7 million (£5.6 million) for his AIDS Foundation. The event, hosted by Elton and his husband David Furnish at Los Angeles' West Hollywood Park on Sunday (26Feb17), was attended by stars including, Ava DuVernay, Caitlyn Jenner, Ciara, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Seth MACFarlane, Sharon Stone, Smokey Robinson, Ruby Rose and Vanessa Hudgens.
Quote: "Eminem just did a show in which Drake introduced him in Detroit as 'the greatest rapper of all time'. It's very hard to disagree with that. I love him, and he's a dear friend." Elton John is a huge fan of Eminem.
Fact: Sir Elton John has been named the co-host of the upcoming Evening Standard Theatre Awards. He will front the British stage prizegiving with Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the London newspaper. The ceremony is set to take place on 13 November (16) at London's Old Vic theatre and the nominations shortlist will be unveiled at the end of October (16).
Tweet: This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. #Prince #RIP". Elton John joins a long list of celebrity fans and collaborators to pay tribute to Prince, who died on Thursday (21Apr16). The singers joined forces onstage in London in 2007, during the late soul icon's 21-day residency, to perform a cover of The Beatles' The Long and Winding Road.
Quote: "I probably have about 10,000 pairs of glasses and they're either in the warehouse or in the house... (But) you always end up wearing the same thing!" Sir Elton John has a huge collection of eyewear.
Quote: "I don't like to be called 'Sir', I never tell people to call me 'Sir', and there's no, 'Don't you know who I am?' I hate that. Unlike Sir Ben Kingsley, right? Or Dame Shirley Bassey! I love Shirley, she is a real dame. Sir Ben I'm not sure about!" Elton John takes a swipe at the revered British actor for enjoying being referred to by his prestigious title.
Quote: "The Prince of Darkness and the Rocket Man... All we do is laugh, basically.... We've been friends for a long time... and when we go out, Sharon and Ozzy and I do not stop laughing. The world is such a serious place and it's just great to have a laugh sometimes, and that's what we do. We talk about our families, we talk about Sharon's kids and my kids; normal stuff." Sir Elton John is guaranteed a good time whenever he gets together with longtime pals Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.
Fact: Katy Perry and Sir Elton John will headline a campaign fundraiser for U.S. presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton next month (Mar16). The pop pair will perform as part of the I'm With Her benefit at New York's Radio City Music Hall on 2 March (16). Perry has already shown her support for the former First Lady by performing at a campaign stop in Iowa last year (15).
Quote: "I'm hoping to go to Vegas and write with Brandon for the new Killers record. I’m leaving today. So that'll be interesting." Sir Elton John is planning a collaboration with Las Vegas rockers The Killers.
Quote: "The c**ks I can take but the roaches..." Sir Elton John jokes about the bugs he found in his dressing room the last time he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in America on his return on Monday (18Jan15).
Quote: "They love (Drake's) Hotline Bling and (Bruno Mars') Uptown Funk. And Zachary loves (German electronic band) Kraftwerk, which is a bit worrying. I love Kraftwerk myself, but it's very strange for a five year old. They sing my songs too; they sing Rocket Man, Don't Go Breaking My Heart and Bennie and the Jets." Sir Elton John opens up about his young sons Zachary and Elijah's taste in music.
Quote: "If you'd have said to me 10 years ago I'd be sitting on your show, married to the man I love and have two beautiful children, I'd have said you put acid in my drink!" Sir Elton John tells U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres he still pinches himself whenever he considers his personal successes.
Fact: British pop star Ed Sheeran stunned fans at his concert in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night (09Dec15) by bringing out his friend Sir Elton John for a duet. They previously performed together during Ed's run of gigs at London's Wembley Stadium in July (15).
Fact: Sir Elton John and One Direction are to headline London's Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall next month (Nov15). The big show, which will also feature performances from Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Josh Groban and Kacey Musgraves, will take place on the same day as the release of One Direction's new album. Prince Harry will attend the show.
Fact: Sir Elton John has reteamed with drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist Davey Johnstone for the first time in almost a decade for his new album. Wonderful Crazy Night, which will be released in February (16), will also mark the rocker's return to Island Records, where he enjoyed success with the albums The Captain & The Kid and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
Fact: Sir Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS Foundations are teaming up to help young Kenyans battling HIV. Officials at the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will help fund a new project in Kisumu, Kenya. The rocker says, "It warms my heart to think that the Foundation established by my wonderful friend Elizabeth is partnering with my Foundation to save the lives of young people who might otherwise die of AIDS."
Fact: Elton John, Drake, Van Halen and Sam Smith will headline the 2015 Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia's Piedmont Park in September (15). The line-up also features sets by Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Panic! At The Disco, Run The Jewels and Icona Pop
Quote: "It's an honour to follow one of my heroes. He made me want to start playing." SIR Elton John heaps praise on Jerry Lee Lewis following his performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in Louisiana on Saturday (02May15).
Quote: "If he was in England, he would have a sword, he would be Sir Leonard by now... It’s easy to give, but it’s not so easy to give time. And Evelyn and Leonard, when I had my civil partnership with David (Furnish), my partner, in England nine years ago, they flew over... It was more so an endorsement of our love for each other. And when I came to New York at my 60th birthday at Madison Square Garden, Evelyn and Leonard threw me a huge lunch." SIR Elton John pays tribute to cosmetics king Leonard Lauder at Thursday’s (30Apr15) Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hot Pink Party in New York City. The pop star also teamed up with Tony Bennett to perform at the bash.
Fact: Britney Spears has moved into the luxury Las Vegas property where SIR Elton John lived during his Caesers Palace residency. The Piece Of Me hitmaker, who has a residency at the Planet Hollywood resort in Sin City, moved in on Wednesday (15Apr15) just a day after the Rocket Man singer left.
Tweet: "@EltonJohnDotCom: Happy Birthday to you my darling friend. Love you loads." SHARON OSBOURNE sends her best wishes to SIR Elton John as he turns 68.
Quote: "This man came up to him (Elton John) and said, 'If Elizabeth kisses my son, I'll give you $80,000 for the foundation'. And Elton yelled, 'Get up!' I had no choice!" Elizabeth Hurley reveals how her pal SIR ELTON JOHN sold her kiss sold for $85,000 (£50,000) at a fundraiser last year (14).
Quote: "I sang it for Elton and played it for him the other day after we just finished doing a gig together. He says, 'Queen? Did you write this about me?'" Chic star Nile Rodgers is glad Sir Elton John saw the funny side after he played him a new song called Queen.
Quote: "Elton rang me completely out of the blue. He says, 'Hi, it's Elton'. Then he tells me he pre-ordered my album. I freaked out. And now he invites me to things and we hang out. It's crazy." Country singer Hunter Hayes was overwhelmed to receive a surprise phone call from Sir Elton John.
Fact: Sir Elton John's representative has confirmed reports suggesting the rocker is set to marry longtime partner David Furnish this weekend (20-21Dec14). The couple, parents to sons Zachary, three, and Elijah, one, was rumoured to be planning to exchange vows in front of 50 of its closest friends and family members at its home in Windsor, England on Sunday (21Dec14) after more than 21 years together. John and Furnish entered into a civil partnership in 2005, but same sex marriage legislation was only passed in the U.K. last week (10Dec14).
Quote: "Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against Aids was the Catholic Church. Today we have a Pope that speaks out about it. He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God. It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today... Make this man a saint now, Ok?" Sir Elton John heaped praise on Pope Francis at his Elton John Aids Foundation benefit in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday night (28Oct14).
Quote: "This was one record that saved my life. That record helped me get sober so she played a big part in my rebirth. That record helped me so much. I never told her that but it did." Sir Elton John took comfort from Kate Bush's 1986 duet with Peter Gabriel, Don't Give Up, while he was recovering from drink and drug addiction.
Fact: Elton John gets drenched with fake blood in the promo for Save Rock And Roll by Fall Out Boy. The veteran singer features on the track and performs with the band but the clip concludes with the Rocket Man having blood thrown over him.
Fact: Sir Elton John performed for prospective buyers at a multi-million dollar property development on Wednesday (30Apr14). The Rocket Man played a string of hits at a lavish marquee party near the redeveloped Battersea Power Station in London, where 3,500 homes have been built.
Quote: "Sometimes a song just keeps having a life. There's this track now by Aloe Blacc, which is top 10 now, called The Man, that samples Your Song. I love that, for me it's such a flattering thing for an artist to do, to sample your music." Sir Elton John is overjoyed to have younger musicians cover his tracks.
Quote: "Who'd have known that I'd be around, playing this album, 40 years on? I've been very lucky; I've been very blessed. It's the finest album... It's the most pop album I've ever done. It was just the right time and the right place. It was happenstance, it was luck." Sir Elton John reflects on the huge success of his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which has been recreated as a tribute piece featuring fellow Brits Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande.
Quote: "Imelda May made Your Sister Can't Twist much more rockabilly than we ever did, and Emeli Sande made All the Girls Love Alive into a slow song, which really took me by surprise." Sir Elton John on the stand-out tracks featured on his upcoming Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tribute album.
Fact: Sir Elton John raised $5.1 million (£3.2 million) for charity from his 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday (02Mar14). The Rocket Man singer and his partner David Furnish were joined by the likes of Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Lady GaGa, Ozzy Osbourne and Taylor Swift for the big Hollywood bash, which also featured a silent auction.
Quote: "With reality television, you get all these nightmare people who want to be successful, when you really want them to be assassinated." Sir Elton John isn't a fan of most reality Tv celebrities.
Quote: "The type of celebrity that television shows give you these days, without the experience of playing live, means you are just thrown to the wolves. Getting experience by being in a band and earning very little from what you love doing gives you the backbone, mettle and experience you will need later in life. I don't dislike the people on these shows, but I feel sorry for them." Sir Elton John on the stars of reality Tv talent contests.
Quote: "Everything's too flawless now. Everything's autotuned, there's no trace of humanity. If you go and see a Britney Spears concert, you might as well stay at home and watch the video." Sir Elton John is not impressed by modern pop performers.
Quote: "I don't do anything online. I've never downloaded anything in my life, I don't have a phone, I don't Twitter... My life is fabulous... I just have an iPad for the kids, and I keep Skyping them if I'm not with them... Zachary is two years, nine months and he's got his own iPad." Sir Elton John admits he's not a fan of technology.
Quote: "We had a big reception and a small (ceremony)... It was just eight people. And this one will be the same. I don't want a big flash wedding... but it will be an incredibly moving occasion." Sir Elton John is planning a low-key wedding to his long-time partner David Furnish, who became his legal civil partner following a ceremony in London in 2005.
Quote: "I've got such small hands, I tried to play the guitar and I can't get them round the fret... I can just about get over an octave on a piano. Most pianists have beautiful long fingers; I have little chipolata fingers... That's why I never could have been a classical pianist; I don't have the equipment, but I have the rock 'n' roll fingers." Sir Elton John admits his tiny hands have prevented him from becoming a multi-instrumentalist.
Quote: "It's helped make me a nicer person and it's helped settle me down. It's helped me musically, too, because I'm so happy in my own skin." Sir Elton John on fatherhood.
Quote: "I'm lucky to be alive... You feel (like) you're giving birth to an alien at any moment." Elton John on his recent inflamed appendix health scare.
Fact: Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant showed off their lip syncing skills on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (24Sep13) as part of a fun competition. Gordon-Levitt performed Elton John's Tiny Dancer and Nicki Minaj's Super Bass, while Merchant belted out Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and Dj Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's Boom! Shake The Room.
Fact: British pop star Harry Styles shunned his luxury lifestyle on Thursday night (12Sep13) in favour of taking public transport. The One Direction hunk was photographed on the London Underground as he headed by train to Sir Elton John's iTunes Festival gig at the city's Roundhouse venue. He hit headlines at the show after the veteran rock icon cursed at the crowd for booing Styles.
Quote: "They are a great British pop band. I just hope they are getting good money because they are working b**dy hard." Sir Elton John hopes the members of One Direction are being properly compensated for their success.
Quote: "Elton John phoned me up the other day... 'Cos the reception in my house is so bad, the woman putting us in touch was standing in my front garden on her phone saying, 'Is Elton there?' I thought, 'What the hell are the neighbours going to think?' But we had a really good chat." Former Dr. Feelgood star Wilko Johnson counts Sir Elton John among his pals.
Fact: Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are moving into the bar business by launching a posh Champagne lounge at the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas. The venue will launch in autumn (13).
Fact: Sir Paul McCartney is heading to Las Vegas next month (Sep13) to join the likes of Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Sir Elton John and Bruno Mars at the annual iHeart Radio Music Festival. The two-day event will take place on 20 and 21 September (13) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Fact: Sir Elton John, the Arctic Monkeys, John Legend and Robin Thicke are among the artists who have been added to the line-up for the U.K.'s iTunes festival in London. Pop stars Justin Timberlake and Jessie J are among the acts who had already signed up for the shows, which run throughout September (13).
Quote: "The Voice is all about watching the judges, it is in America... Nobody on The Voice in America has had a hit record. Nobody on The Voice in England has had a hit record - they're nonentities." Sir Elton John insists the Tv talent show is a waste of time for aspiring artists.
Fact: Sir Elton John's new album The Diving Board, produced by T Bone Burnett, will hit stores in September (13).
Quote: "He's a workaholic. He's a music fan who's constantly searching for new music to get involved with. He's signing acts from YouTube, it's really intense. He's always playing 200 plus shows a year and he's an amazing piano player." Queens Of The Stone Age star Josh Homme is a big fan of Sir Elton John, who teamed up with him for the track Fairweather Friends, which appears on the group's new album.
Fact: Garden gnomes decorated by stars including Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Maggie Smith for this year's (13) Chelsea Flower Show in London have raised $43,000 (£28,000) for charity. Sir Elton John's gnome was the star attraction - it sold for $7,900 (£5,100).
Quote: "We did it in a restaurant in France... We just happened to be in the same restaurant. She came in, I sent over a note, she was very gracious, I apologised profusely, she accepted the apology, we all had dinner and it was all over and done with." SIR Elton John on ending his longtime feud with Madonna.
Quote: "I love getting up in the morning and having breakfast with Zachary... Everything I thought I would find annoying about having children, like screaming and shouting, and tantrums... I don't find any of it annoying, I find it all enchanting... And I'm a good bath cleaner... A ritual I love is 6.30 tubby time. I know every children's book back to front." Sir Elton John on the joys of fatherhood.
Fact: Celebrities at Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish's Oscars Viewing Party on Sunday (24Feb13) helped the couple raise $6 million (£3.8 million) for Hiv/Aids research. Dozens of celebrities were on hand to watch the awards ceremony telecast and participate in a lively auction, among them rockers Steven Tyler, Bono and Dave Grohl.
Fact: Comedian Jim Carrey turned heads at Sir Elton John's charity Oscars viewing party on Sunday (24Feb13) by wearing oversized prosthetic feet and a pair of tiny angel wings to the bash. The Mask star took to Twitter.com in an attempt to explain his odd accessories, writing "(It was) an expression of my somewhat awkward spiritual journey".
Fact: Scottish singer Emeli Sande has agreed to perform at Sir Elton John's Academy Awards viewing party in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Feb13). She says, "He's been such a big supporter ever since the album came out. It's amazing to go out there - and I'll probably be singing with him as well."
Quote: "We read him storybooks about new baby brothers and being a big brother. We introduced the subject of the new baby and explained, in simple terms, what was happening." Sir Elton John reveals how he and his partner David Furnish prepared their eldest son Zachary for the arrival of his sibling Elijah, who was born earlier this month (Jan13).
Quote: "(We were) thrilled to hear about our dear friend Lily Rose Cooper's new baby daughter, who was born in the same week as Elijah. We have shared in some of Lily's struggles during her pregnancies so it is wonderful news to hear of the safe arrival of Marnie." Sir Elton John is delighted his pop star pal, formerly known as Lily Allen, safely gave birth to her second daughter earlier this month (Jan13), just days before he became a dad for the second time. The Smile hitmaker has previously suffered two miscarriages.
Fact: Elizabeth Hurley, Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay and David Hasselhoff were among the stars who turned out for Sir Elton John's Winter Ball charity event in London on Saturday night (10Nov12). The gala was hosted by Kevin Spacey as the singer is away on tour in Australia.
Quote: "I love you Gary. You're a great friend. We drifted apart in recent years because you're so busy and successful and I'm still playing in pubs. You're a truly great guy. If you were gay, I'd marry you." Sir Elton John jokes about his close friendship with Take That star Gary Barlow.
Quote: "I literally had to put my hand over my mouth at times because it was such a big secret... It was really hard. I even went on an American tour and didn't tell anyone. I heard the reports that it was going to be Sir Elton John or Jay Z performing at their reception while all the while it was me." Ellie Goulding's performance at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge last year (11) was a hard secret to keep.
Fact: Sir Elton John will stream his upcoming Peace One Day concert at London's Wembley Arena direct to fans around the world via YouTube.com. The gig will be beamed out over the Internet on 21 September (12).
Quote: "He was amazingly informed about Aids and he treated us with such kindness. I had so much respect for him. One of the old adages in life is never judge someone until you meet them. I found him charming. I found him well informed. And I found him determined to do something about the Aids situation. So I changed my opinion of him. I learned a lesson." Sir Elton John on his first meeting with former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Quote: "It’s incredible that it’s been a year. It’s one of the greatest tragedies. I saw her at the Shepherds Bush Empire... It was a sensational show. I saw her afterwards and said, 'I’ve seen all the great singers, and you’re up there with all of them'." Sir Elton John remembers tragic Amy Winehouse as the first anniversary of her death approaches (23Jul).
Quote: "If I had to give them advice I would say keep your original friends, keep good counsel with them. Try not to get too carried away with the clubs and all that c**p... Just make sure you don’t get too drunk... There are five of them together, they have each other to keep strong... (But) enjoy it, for f**k’s sake, enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it then there’s no point." Sir Elton John offers boy band One Direction advice on avoiding the pitfalls of fame.
Quote: "He loves the piano, he sits down and plays it. He doesn't just bang it, he plays it like I play it. He's never seen a show, he's too young, but he comes out when the stadium is empty and sits down on the piano stool with me and he plays and looks into the microphone and thinks, 'What the hell is going on here?'" Sir Elton John reveals his baby son Zachary is following in his footsteps.
Quote: "I spent it in my room, listening to music if my parents were (arguing). I think it’s difficult to be an only child, and to be an only child of someone famous. I want him to have a sibling so he has someone to be with." Sir Elton John wants to give his son a sibling to keep him company after his own lonely childhood.
Fact: Sir Elton John turned prankster at a party to celebrate the 3,000th performance of London's Billy Elliot stage show on Wednesday (30May12) - he was photographed playfully pushing a child actor's face into a huge cake.
Fact: Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday (26Feb12) raised $5.25 million (Gbp3.3 million) for the fight against Hiv/Aids. Dozens of celebrities were on hand to watch the Oscars telecast and participate in a lively auction, among them Steven Tyler, Quincy Jones, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus and Smokey Robinson.
Quote: "I was oblivious to it all. It was brought to my attention afterwards... I don't pay no mind to things like that. I was really surprised, I have to say, I always say, 'Don't expect to win and if you do, you're pleasantly surprised.'" Madonna on her apparent feud with Sir Elton John following her big Best Song win at the Golden Globes earlier this month (Jan12).
Quote: "We've got a lot of of competition and I think Mary J. Blige will win it for The Help, Madonna hasn't got a f**king chance." Nominee Sir Elton John's money is on Blige to win Best Song at the Golden Globes.
Quote: "I love him so much. It's a different kind of love for your child than you have for your partner. Everyone kept saying that, and now I realise that, having had Zachary. He's the light of our lives. I've had an amazing professional life, personal life, but at 64 to have a son who gives us that much love and enjoyment is, wow!" Sir Elton John pays tribute to his son Zachary, who celebrated his first birthday on Christmas Day (25Dec11).
Quote: "If we get nominated, I guess Gaga and I would have to perform. If we're nominated, I'll say, 'You design the outfits'." Elton John on his plans for the Oscars if he and Lady Gaga's Hello Hello duet from Gnomeo & Juliet is nominated.
Quote: "Have I changed a nappy? I did assist. I assisted in nappy-changing. It was more of a supervisor's role. It was a management position." Lady GaGa on her Godmother diaper duties to Sir Elton John's son Zachary.
Fact: Sir Elton John has been parodied in a cartoon strip in the latest edition of British adult comic Viz. The Rocket Man is depicted as a rogue builder targeting old ladies in the strip, titled Elton John and his Tarmac Con.
Fact: Elton John's Million Dollar Piano show in Las Vegas on Saturday night (08Oct11) was the rocker's 3,000th concert. The Brit celebrated onstage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, more than 41 years after his debut in London.
Fact: Sir Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez have all been interviewed for a new documentary about the paparazzi. Wire Image photo agency boss Kevin Mazur shot the film, called Sellebrity, over three years. Anthony narrates the film.
Quote: "When I'm singing at night, I sometimes think of him during a set and burst out laughing. He's a great antidote to feeling miserable. Every single second he's just adorable. He just makes me smile so much." Sir Elton John on his six-month-old son, Zachary.
Fact: Daniel Radcliffe is stepping in front of the camera for a good cause - he's lending his image to Sir Elton John for a book to benefit the singer's Aids Foundation. The Harry Potter star will pose alongside fellow actors Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the coffee table book, iCon, due out later this year (11). The book will feature a total of 100 stars and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Rocket Man's charity.
Quote: "I don't want Zachary to ever be afraid of me. I want to come home and rush into my arms... If I'm on the road for a week or so and come home, I want him to be excited and not be afraid. I want the complete opposite of what I had to go through." Sir Elton John vows to be a loving father to baby son Zachary after experiencing a strained relationship with his own dad while he was growing up.
Fact: Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish threw a star-studded party in New York last week (ends10Apr11) to say goodbye to friends in the U.S. as they prepare to leave America and spend the summer (11) in London. Guests included Sharon and Kelly Osbourne and Glee star Matthew Morrison.
Fact: Sir Elton John's partner David Furnish has gone under the needle in honour of his new son Zachary, who was born via a surrogate in December (10). The film producer has had the tot's name tattooed on the inside of his right forearm.
Quote: "I don't go to parties. I don't like parties very much. I don't drink, so they're not much fun. I used to love parties but now I like to stay home and just be with David and be with the little boy." Teetotal Sir Elton John prefers a quiet night in with his partner David Furnish now they are parents.
Quote: "I just like that name. It's John The Baptist's childhood name... and my favourite church in Venice is called St. Zacharias... He was gonna be Zachary Jackson Furnish John but he was born on Christmas Day and, in the words of Levon, 'He was born a pauper to a pawn on Christmas Day'." Sir Elton John on the name of his baby son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish John.
Quote: "A year ago, Elton found me in a ditch on the side of the highway of life and took me in... treated me like a king. I'd just like to say thank you very much. I appreciate it and Hallelujah." 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honouree Leon Russell owes his career revival to Sir Elton John, who approached the ailing singer/songwriter last year (10) to record their joint album, The Union.
Quote: "If Jackson Pollock could paint, I mean, he could paint... If Jackson Pollock could sing, he'd be Tom Waits." Sir Elton John makes a blunder as he praises his peer at the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday (14Mar11).
Quote: "Tonight is, for me, the culmination of an effort on my behalf to try and get this man recognised for his incredible achievements as a musician, as a writer, as a singer... To see him here tonight is very emotional to me, because this is where he belongs." Sir Elton John was beaming with pride on Monday (14Mar11) as he prepared to induct his pal, Leon Russell, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York.
Quote: "Elton can do no wrong because he did so much right for my life. He was one of my mentors in every way as a child who really wanted to write and sing. He will always have a special place, regardless of if we have our tiffs." George Michael will always remain pals with Sir Elton John, no matter how many times they fall out.
Quote: "Mum decided it'd be funny to give a little tug on everyone's hair as we walked past all the tables. We had such a giggle - until she tugged one man and his hair came clean off. Turns out it was a toupe, which she immediately put back on his head and patted before going on her way." Kelly Osbourne reveals her mother Sharon got into trouble at a recent party hosted by Sir Elton John.
Quote: "I had a new room built with industrial holders on rollers to keep them in. I have a librarian to look after them. What if I want to hear something obscure and it's not there? I'll go nuts." Sir Elton John has hired an assistant to help him organise his enormous CD collection.
Quote: "I'm like a gibbering wreck in front of (the baby)... I make up songs and sing to him in gibberish. I'm very good at gibberish now." New dad Elton John loves baby talk with his son Zachary, who turns two months on Friday (25Feb11).
Quote: "I so value my own childhood now, and the sense of wonder and personal discovery that I enjoyed, that we want to give Zachary - as much as we possibly can - the same thing. A solid old-fashioned childhood, if you like. So we don't intend to spoil him - we're going to try to give him a fun, carefree time of innocence, freedom, love and stability." SIR Elton John on his plans for bringing up son ZACHARY with partner David Furnish.
Quote: "It was great together. The only thing is, when we sang the song originally, I had a different voice. I had an operation on my voice a couple of years later so it's completely the wrong key for me now, so I squawked my way through it." SIR Elton John struggled through his performance of That's What Friends Are For at a New York charity gala on Wednesday (09Feb11), when he reunited with Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.
Quote: "The only difference between vaudeville and rock 'n' roll is a microphone. You're just entertaining people. You can please some of the people some of the time. If you like it, you like it, if you don't, you don't. But it's showbiz." Ozzy Osbourne fires back at critics who think his decision to voice a deer character in SIR Elton John's new animated Disney movie GNOMEO & JULIET is a bad idea.
Quote: "Elton's Your Song is my favourite of his, but I was glad they only played a few bars of it in the film and not the whole song. It always makes me weep. I put it on whenever I want a good cry - a happy cry." Actress Ashley Jensen was glad she didn't have to sit through SIR Elton John's sentimental YOUR SONG in the rocker's new animated film GNOMEO & JULIET.
Quote: "Candle in the Wind I didn't sing for a while after Diana's death because it was too painful." SIR Elton John was touched by the tribute track he sang for the princess after she passed away in 1997.
Quote: "All lip-synchers should be shot. Only drag queens are allowed to lip-synch." SIR Elton John isn't a fan of artists miming their songs.
Quote: "I never get bored. I'm a fidget. Like Jack White. I love people like that... And Brandon Flowers and Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl. We should start a band. We'll call ourselves the Fidgets. I'll play keyboards." Elton John likes to stay busy.
Quote: "I don't like pianos very much... They take up a lot of space, and I never play them." SIR Elton John doesn't like playing his trademark instrument when he's at home.
Quote: "We call each other c**ts." Elton John on his term of endearment for rap pal Eminem.
Quote: "It's like a calamari." Squeamish Elton John on cutting his baby son's umbilical cord on Christmas Day (25Dec10).
Quote: "My biopic would actually need two or three actors who vary in weight I think. I would love Robert Downey, Jr. to play me at a certain stage, he would be fantastic." SIR Elton John wants ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. to portray him on the big screen.
Quote: "He should do something with Jane Lynch. I think he should maybe play her boyfriend or some kind of love interest for her. I think that would be funny." Actor/singer Matthew Morrison is fully supportive of SIR Elton John's wish to appear on Glee and would love to see him on screen opposite Lynch's character, Sue Sylvester.
Quote: "I love Glee! I would love to be on Glee, but you have to be asked to be on Glee." SIR Elton John, one of many celebrity fans of the hit TV show, appeals to creator Ryan Murphy for a guest role on the musical comedy. The Rocket Man has already had the chance to sing with one castmember - he recently recorded a duet with Matthew Morrison for the actor's upcoming solo album.
Quote: "I just did it! It's a duet. It's great, really fantastic. He sings great on it. It's a medley of Mona Lisas and Madhatters going into Rocket Man. I did it on Monday." SIR Elton John is delighted with his collaboration with Glee star Matthew Morrison for the singer/actor's upcoming solo album, Bringing It to the Masses.
Quote: "As I get older, I get more angry about it. In this country (America), we need more dialogue. We don’t need any more stone throwing. We don’t need any more vitriol. We need people to say, ‘OK. I’m straight. You’re gay. Let’s get along. I’m Republican. You’re Democratic. Let’s work together.’ I’m sick and tired of people being hateful to each other in this country.” SIR Elton John wants unity in the U.S.
Quote: "I'm a techno-phobe, so that'll have to change. I don't have a mobile phone or a computer - but I'm going to have to be able to Skype (video call) with him, because I'm not going to want to go a day without seeing him." SIR Elton John wants to learn about technology to keep in touch with his son Zachary while he is away working.
Quote: "Elton is an only child, and in the past he's said... 'I wished I'd had a brother or a sister.' But we're taking it one day at a time. This is a big change in our life. We have to see how we cope and adapt with one child before we even consider a second." SIR Elton John's partner David Furnish is adamant they aren't thinking about expanding their family just yet after welcoming a baby son at Christmas (10).
Quote: "I've never felt anything like it in my life. You're awestruck... The feeling, the joy, the warmth of his body, his breathing. Clinging on to you, not crying, just nuzzling his little head into the crook of your neck, so tiny..." SIR Elton John describes holding his son Zachary for the first time.
Quote: "The fact he was born on the 25th (of December). I mean, my birthday is the 25th (of March), David's is the 25th (of October) and now Zachary's is the 25th. He couldn't have been born on a better day, really." SIR Elton John is convinced his new son's birthday is lucky because of the numerical connection with the superstar and his partner David Furnish.
Tweet: "Had great chat with Elton and David and I was right - they ARE absurdly happy. They'll be terrific parents." Broadcaster Piers Morgan describes new dads SIR Elton John and David Furnish's glee after spotting the pair in a Los Angeles restaurant.
Quote: "A friend gave us a book of baby names, and we started to flick through it, but we have always loved the name Zachary and kept coming back to it. In the end, we looked at each other, and put the book back on shelf, and said, "This is it!'" SIR Elton John reveals how he and partner David Furnish decided on the name for their new son.
Tweet: "Big congrats to David & Elton on their baby. Great way to start the year..." Actress/novelist Jackie Collins send her wishes to SIR Elton John and partner David Furnish on their new surrogate son, who was born on Christmas day (25Dec10).
Quote: "If it was just me and the band and nothing else I'd probably throw myself off a cliff." SIR Elton John loves being able to reinvent his shows.
Fact: SIR Elton John has signed up to perform at a gay marriage fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. The singer will take to the stage for a full concert in Los Angeles on 19 January (11).
Fact: SIR Elton John will guest edit Britain's The Independent newspaper on 1 December (10) - World Aids Day. All circulation revenue from that day's edition will go towards the Rocket Man's AIDS foundation.
Fact: SIR Elton John's charity ball on Saturday night (30Oct10) raised more than $900,000 (£600,000) for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Quote: "I don't have an iPod and I don't know how to work one." SIR Elton John isn't a fan of modern music technology.
Fact: Music legends SIR Elton John and LEON RUSSELL thrilled New York City fans with a free show at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on Wednesday morning (20Oct10). The duo performed songs from their new album The Union, which marks the first time they have worked together in over 40 years, as part of a TV broadcast on U.S. breakfast programme Good Morning America.
Quote: "I want his name written in stone, I want him in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I want his name to be on everybody's lips again, like it used to be." Elton John on working with his hero LEON RUSSELL.
Fact: Former Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant has joined the star-studded line-up for the BBC Radio 2 Electric Proms in London. He will play the city's Roundhouse venue with his Band Of Joy and the London Oriana Choir on October 29 (10). SIR Elton John will be performing at the same venue the following night.
Fact: SIR Elton John, Justin Bieber and David Beckham led a star-studded video tribute to veteran U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters on Tuesday (07Sep10), when she made a full return to her chat show The View. The 80 year old underwent heart surgery May (10) and has since made a full recovery.
Fact: Jimmy Fallon paid bizarre tributes to SIR Elton John, Greenday frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and R&B group Boyz II Men during his hosting duties at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. The comedian dressed up as the singers while crooning their hits in a farewell montage to defunct U.S. TV series 24, Law & Order and Lost.
Fact: Elton John and LEON RUSSELL's new album THE UNION is a star-studded affair - it features guest spots from Don Was, Booker T. Jones, Robert Randolph, Brian Wilson and Neil Young, who sings on the ballad Gone to Shiloh.
Quote: "My greatest achievement in life was getting sober and clean because I was a real mess... It paved the way for me to have a relationship with a person I love because I'd never have been able to have one in that state of mind and being so immature." SIR Elton John's decision to give up drink and drugs allowed him to find love with partner David Furnish.
Fact: Elton John presented Lady GaGa with a china tea set she took a fancy to at his home in Windsor, England as a thank you for performing at his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball last week (beg21Jun10).
Fact: Conservative U.S. talk show host Rush Limbaugh reportedly paid Elton John a cool $1 million (£666,600) to perform at his wedding ceremony at the weekend (05Jun10). The broadcaster wed his longtime girlfriend, 33-year-old Kathryn Rogers, at the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Quote: "Elton has sold out Madison Square Garden more than anyone ever has, more than the Knicks and the Rangers. Even though he doesn't know what either of those things are." Bette Midler is a big fan of SIR Elton John.
Fact: British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley helped raise $4 million (£2.6 million) for a cancer charity on Tuesday night (27Apr10), with help from her pal, SIR Elton John. The beauty hosted the Estee Lauder bash in New York and convinced the Rocket Man to perform at the event, held to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Fact: SIR Elton John, Annie Lennox and Alicia Keys are joining forces for an American Idol fundraiser this week (begs19Apr10). Justin Bieber, former Idol winner Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas and Jeff Beck are also set to appear onscreen for the Idol Gives Back charity show, set to air in America on Wednesday (21Apr10).
Quote: "I wish I could get into them again. It was a part of my life that was so much fun." SIR Elton John is very fond of the wild stage costumes he was famed for early on in his career.
Fact: SIR Elton John has given his support to Oprah Winfrey's No Phone Zone campaign by taking a pledge vowing not to use his cell phone while driving during a live appearance on her talk show on Friday (16Apr10).
Quote: "I got sober in a hospital in Chicago. It was the best six weeks I ever did for myself." The city of Chicago, Illinois holds a special place in SIR Elton John's heart.
Quote: "I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly." Elton John's romance with husband David Furnish was a love-at-first-sight deal.
Quote: "Everytime I sing The Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes onstage (in the U.S.), I say that this is a song written about a time when people in America started getting AIDS and your president, Ronald Reagan, did nothing about it. I get boos. There's a lot of hate in the world." Elton John on courting controversy when he tours America.
Quote: "Every Saturday for 16 years, we've sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other." Elton John on how he and husband David Furnish keep their romance on track.
Fact: SIR Elton John is selling his luxury car online for $64,000 (£39,995). The Rocket Man's Maserati Quattroporte S boasts massage chairs, an entertainment system and picnic tables.
Quote: "Elton's on the Academy Awards committee and I'm on the BAFTA committee, we get sent DVD screeners of all the latest films that have come out - so we spend a lot of time watching those." David Furnish and SIR Elton John spend the holidays watching movies.
Quote: "We have a one present rule. And in the desire to make Christmas as simple and hassle-free as possible, we spend the year looking. The thing with Elton is he doesn't have a wish list, so if he sees something he likes, then he usually goes and buys it for himself. I have to get there before he does and snap it up before he does." David Furnish has real problems finding presents for his partner SIR Elton John.
Quote: "We don't give presents to each other for the day, we exchange cards instead. It's a very special day to us, but I really think written words on a card are the best present you can give." David Furnish and his husband SIR Elton John have their own simple tradition when it comes to celebrating the anniversary of their civil partnership.
Fact: British singer Lily Allen's foray into interior design has proved successful - the cocktail bar she designed for SIR Elton John's charity ball raised $160,000 (£100,000) at auction on Sunday night (13Dec09).
Fact: SIR Elton John hit the courts to square off against sports star Anna Kournikova in his annual charity tennis match at the Advanta World Team Tennis event on Wednesday (09Dec09) at Louisiana State University. The duo later teamed up for a doubles game.
Quote: "I would either go bald or call up Elton John and see what weaver he uses. His hair is stunning close up. It's quite a harvest." Rod Stewart pokes fun at his follically-challenged pal when asked what he'd do if he started to lose his famous hair.
Quote: "I've never had an E.coli infection before, it wasn't pleasant. It just completely knocked me out." Elton John on his recent illness, which left him hospitalised for nine days.
Quote: "After Sharon got over her cancer, she started this charity and threw a party in our Beverly Hills garden. Elton played at the event and our neighbour complained about having to listen to him." Ozzy Osbourne was shocked when his neighbours moaned about a private performance from SIR Elton John.
Fact: Stars including Eva Herzigova, Elizabeth Hurley and David Walliams helped raise $365,000 (£228,000) for the Elton John Aids Foundation at a fundraiser in London. SIR ELTON JOHN was unable to attend the Emerald Ball on Thursday night (05Nov09) as he is recovering from illness.
Quote: "Elton John sent me this huge ghettoblaster (stereo) when I was there and I couldn't have it, unfortunately. It was very sweet. People were sending me teapots and kettles!" Boy George was flooded with presents from friends and fans while he was in prison earlier this year (09).
Fact: SIR Elton John has a private, Alice in Wonderland-themed art gallery at his home in Berkshire, England - stocked with millions of dollars worth of works by British artists including Damien Hirst.
Fact: SHARON and Ozzy Osbourne, RICKY LAKE and Cindy Crawford were among the stars who turned out to celebrate SIR Elton John's 62nd birthday on Saturday (28Mar09) night. The rocker hired out Hamlet restaurant in Los Angeles for the bash.
Quote: "I can't dance like Usher, sing like Beyonce or write songs like Elton John. But we can do the best with what we've got. And we're enthusiastic." Coldplay frontman Chris Martin on his band's strengths and weaknesses.
Fact: SIR Elton John, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney have donated their time to help a charity aimed at bringing Bosnia War criminals to justice. California-based businesswoman Diana Jenkins, whose brother was killed during the conflict, has created the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Justice Clinic and she is planning a star-studded Oscar-week party to launch a new photobook, Room 23, which features the celebrities.
Fact: SIR Elton John's six-year-long Red Piano tour is coming to an end in April (09). John has performed the show around the world and at a residency in Las Vegas. The final performance will take place in Sin City on 22 April (09).
Fact: SIR Elton John has been voted the world's most iconic glasses wearer, beating off competition from bespectacled BEATLE John Lennon. The ROCKET MAN star has owned more than 20,000 pairs over the years.
Quote: "I'm not a snob. Anyone records my songs and I love it. (American Idol flop) WILLIAM HUNG did two of my songs and I was thrilled. You never lose that thrill, 'I wrote that'. I love that." SIR Elton John
Quote: "It was a suit of armour. I did enjoy becoming ELTON. I was so happy to change my name. You know if you're ever going to make a record, you know REG DWIGHT isn't going to make it. I wanted something very American and something original. Eric Clapton called me Reg for a long time. Eventually I plucked up the courage to ask him to stop." SIR Elton John on shedding his birth name REGINALD KENNETH DWIGHT.
Quote: "Dancing? No way, baby! I have no dancing ability. On a scale of one to 10, I'm a one. It's pitiful." Rock and roll legend SIR Elton John is convinced his moves don't match that of the young stars playing Billy Elliot in his hit Broadway musical.
Quote: "I wanted a name that sounded American and also I wanted a name that no one else had; the only person I knew that was a guy called Elton Hayes who was an English folk singer who recorded The Owl + The Pussycat. I thought, 'I'm all right there because he's not going to have a resurgence." REG DWIGHT, aka Elton John, on the birth of his famous moniker.
Quote: "It seems incredible to me that I'm turning 60. Where has the time gone? People ask me how I've managed to stay relatively young and fresh-looking - I take care of myself." British singer Lulu - who celebrated her 60th birthday bash in London on Thursday night (20Nov08) with friends including SIR Elton John and his partner David Furnish.
Quote: "I'm 61 and I love playing music more than ever. When you're young and you're healthy, you have to take advantage of it." Music legend SIR Elton John vows to rock until he drops.
Fact: A sapphire and diamond brooch once owned by SIR Elton John and worn by the rocker in his video for 1988 song I DON'T WANNA GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT is expected to fetch more than $22,200 (GBP12,000) when it goes up for auction in London on Thursday (25Sep08).
Fact: A sapphire and diamond brooch owned by SIR Elton John is expected to fetch $22,120 (GBP12,000) when it goes under the hammer at London auction house Bonhams. The singer wore the brooch in his 1987 video I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That.
Fact: Elton John was paid $4 million (GBP2 million) to play at the 70th birthday party of former Ukraine president LEONID KUCHMA.
Fact: SIR Elton John's 10th annual White Tie and Tiara Ball raised a record $20 million (GBP10 million) for charity. The proceeds from the celebrity-packed event, which took place in London on Thursday night (26Jun08), will go to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Fact: U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey paid $2.2 million (GBP1.1 million) for a handwritten quote from Nelson Mandela at a charity auction following the former South African president's birthday dinner in London on Wednesday (25Jun08) - after fighting off stiff competition from singer SIR Elton John.
Fact: Legendary rocker SIR Elton John reached a milestone 200th performance on Saturday (21Jun08) when he performed his Red Piano Show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Fact: SIR Elton John is auctioning off the piano he used to write his hit 1971 single DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART. The Steinway grand will go under the hammer in London on 18 June (08).
Fact: In the last 12 months, SIR Elton John has donated $60.4 million (GBP30.2 million) to charities benefiting Aids, medicine, children and music.
Quote: "I try to be nice to them now but some nights you're grumpy and you don't feel like it." Elton John can't always promise he'll be pleasant to the paparazzi.
Quote: "That was the hardest professional thing I ever had to do. I didn't want to forget the words. I sang CANDLE IN THE WIND so many times for Marilyn Monroe. I had only just rewritten the lyric. I had to have a teleprompter there, because I thought, if I make a mistake and I sing 'Good-Bye Norma Jean,' I'm going to be lynched." SIR Elton John was determined not to slip up while singing at the funeral of late royal DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES.
Quote: "I have a pride in my country and I love my country. And I've always loved being there and I've always loved being British." SIR Elton John is proud of his heritage.
Quote: "I think he's the best entertainer in the world at the moment by far. The greatest musician, the greatest showman. There's no one in the same league as him. And, you know, he's his own man." SIR Elton John is full of praise for fellow singer PRINCE.
Fact: Actress-turned-celebrity auctioneer Sharon Stone helped raise a record $5.1 million (GBP2.55 million) for Aids research at SIR Elton John's post-Oscars party on Sunday night (24Feb08). The Basic Instinct star put one of her own vintage cars, a 1970s Corvette, under the hammer at the party auction.
Fact: Music mogul SIR Elton John has put in an order with Hollywood jewellery designer LOREE RODKIN for 20 pairs of her jewel-encrusted spectacles - each costing $50,000 (GBP25,000).
Fact: A car, once owned by singer SIR Elton John, is up for sale on the Internet for $50,000 (GBP25,000). The Bentley, which was used by the star in his music video for the 1985 hit Nikita, is up for sale on auction website E-bay.
Fact: SIR Elton John is teaming up with French soccer star Thierry Henry for a charity dinner next Thursday (31Jan08) to raise $2 million (GBP1 million) in funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Celebrities invited to the lavish dinner at London's Dorchester Hotel include DAVID and Victoria Beckham, and John will treat the guests to a live performance.
Fact: SIR Elton John and husband David Furnish have toured the HIV/AIDS projects funded by the ROCKET MAN's Aids Foundation charity ahead of his concerts in Johannesburg on Friday (18Jan08) and Saturday (19Jan08).
Fact: Veteran singer Shirley Bassey hosted a glitzy $1 million (GBP500,000) bash for her 70th birthday on Sunday (16Dec07). Guests included SIR Elton John, Madonna, ELLE MCPHERSON, Kevin Spacey and GEORGE MICHAEL.
Fact: A new book by photographer ALISON JACKSON, named CONFIDENTIAL, offers sneak-peeks of celebrities including Michael Jackson, SIR Elton John, SIR Mick Jagger, and Eminem going about their daily lives. The staged images, taken of celebrity lookalikes, also includes photos of Britney Spears lighting a cigarette while holding her baby son, Jennifer Lopez on the toilet, and Madonna ironing.
Quote: "I was sitting there looking at them interact, and I'm thinking, 'These people have raised millions of dollars to save people.' The potential power of celebrity is astounding." Ryan Phillippe on his private meeting with philanthropists SIR Elton John and ELIZABETH TAYLOR.
Fact: Supermodel Naomi Campbell helped SIR Elton John's partner David Furnish celebrate his 45th birthday in Las Vegas on Friday night (26Oct07) - she was a special guest at the producer's party at gay nightclub Krave. John joined the bash after performing at Caesar's Palace.
Fact: Kindhearted Elton John has backed a campaign to save a fire station near his England home from closure.
Fact: Joss Stone, Aimee Mann, LLOYD COLE and The Raconteurs star Brendan Benson will take part in an all-star tribute to the music of SIR Elton John at New York's Carnegie Hall in October (07). Each artist will perform a cover of one of Elton's hits.
Quote: "I think people should be shot if they blog." Elton John hates Internet bloggers.
Fact: Aerosmith's ARMAGEDDON anthem DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING has beaten Eric Clapton's WONDERFUL TONIGHT and Elton John's YOUR SONG to top a new U.K. online poll to find the nation's Favourite Wedding Tune.
Fact: British royals Prince William and Prince Harry are to auction guitars as part of the charity celebrations to commemorate the 46th birthday of their late mother DIANA, Princess Of Wales. Fans can bid for three Gigson guitars signed by acts at Sunday's (01Jul07) Concert for Diana, including Take That and SIR Elton John, from Tuesday (03Jul07) on internet auction site eBay.
Fact: SIR Elton John ordered 12 portions of fish and chips backstage before a gig in Plymouth, England, on Saturday night (26May07) - despite having a top chef at his disposal for any pre-concert dishes.
Fact: Pop singer SIR Elton John is Britain's most generous star according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The Candle in the Wind hitmaker - worth $550 million (GBP225 million) - recently donated $44.8 million (GBP22.4 million) to Aids charities, children's groups and musical causes.
Quote: "He was very subdued. This is a guy who usually makes Liberace look Amish." Robin Williams was surprised SIR Elton John wasn't more outrageous at his recent 60th birthday celebrations at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Quote: "She's got a voice like a Nina Simone or a Mary J. Blige or a Dusty Springfield, and she's steeped in history - this girl has old bones in her." Elton John is a big fan of fellow Brit Amy Winehouse.
Quote: "She's got a voice like a Nina Simone or a Mary J. Blige or a Dusty Springfield, and she's steeped in history - this girl has old bones in her." Elton John is a big fan of fellow Brit Amy Winehouse.
Quote: "F**k Elton John. My 40th birthday party is gonna be bigger and better than his - he hasn't seen nothing. Mine's gonna be the dog's b**locks!" Oasis star Noel Gallagher is determined to welcome his 40s in style.
Fact: SIR Elton John's jewellery stylist has gifted the rocker with a $40,000 (GBP20,500) diamond-encrusted Tiret watch for his 60th birthday. The one-of-a-kind timepiece features a face made from rare precious stone Aventurine.
Fact: British singer Elton John will wrap up his 60th birthday celebrations this weekend (23-24MAR07) at New York's Cathedral of St John the Divine, the largest Gothic church in the world.
Quote: "People were snoozing across the country... It was boring! I've never seen such a pile of rubbish." SIR Elton John on the almost four-hour Oscars telecast last night (25FEB07).
Quote: "I really liked her. I thought she was a good girl. I feel incredibly sad for her. She became kind of a freak show on her own reality show (but) I was really upset when she died." Elton John pays tribute to late Anna Nicole Smith.
Fact: Doctor Who star David Tennant and British DEAL OR NO DEAL host NOEL EDMONDS are celebrating after being included in this year's (07) edition of Who's Who, which lists noteworthy and influential people. Also featured are SIR Elton John and David Furnish in a new gay marriages section.
Fact: SIR Elton John and comedian David Walliams were among the guests who bought children's presents to a Christmas party hosted by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in London last night (19DEC06). The gifts will be donated to kids' charities.
Fact: A Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by a glittering array of rockers including David Gilmour, Nick Cave, Jon Bon Jovi, Brian May and SIR Elton John sold for GBP1,950 ($3,800) on auction website eBay.co.uk yesterday (09DEC06). Proceeds from the sale will benefit the War Child Charity.
Fact: Star fans SIR Elton John, DAME Shirley Bassey, SIR Cliff Richard and OLIVIA NEWTON filled Kylie Minogue's dressing room with flowers and messages of support ahead of her comeback concert in Sydney, Australia on Saturday (11NOV06), after beating breast cancer.
Quote: "I can't sing about falling in love with a girl - everyone knows I'm gay, so that would be ridiculous... but BERNIE (TAUPIN) is a genius at writing lyrics that could apply to both of us." Elton John is impressed with his songwriting partner's ambiguous sexual lyrics.
Quote: "It's a song about bigotry, hatred and intolerance. And just coming from the United States, I can tell you there's a lot of that going on there." SIR Elton John introduces new song BELIEVE in Toronto, Canada, with a blistering attack on the country's neighbour.
Quote: "If you're a common-or-garden homosexual, then maybe, but not if you're a fag like I am. I'm not an Elton John type of gay. I'm not vanilla (into boring sex)." Former Culture Club singer Boy George doesn't count Sir Elton John as a gay role model.
Fact: The editors of US magazine Interview are getting their money's worth of SIR Elton John this month - the regular contributor not only pens his own pop music column, but interviews Keith Urban and The Killers in the publication.
Quote: "I've dodged so many bullets. Not only because of unsafe sex, but because of the amount of drugs I did or alcohol. By all rights I shouldn't be here, but I am so I'm going to put my time here to good use." SIR Elton John plans to continue the good work of his AIDS Foundation charity.
Fact: The editors of US magazine Interview are getting their money's worth of SIR Elton John this month - the regular contributor not only pens his own pop music column, but interviews Keith Urban and The Killers in the publication.
Quote: "I live pretty large... I'm an extremely rich man and I don't have any children, I don't have any people to leave it (fortune) to." Elton John has no plans to pass on his wealth.
Quote: "There have been so many rumours about CLAY (AIKEN) in certain tawdry papers he has to expect that if he's being interviewed... that questions gonna come up." SIR Elton John warns American Idol star Clay Aiken he'll always face questions about his homosexuality.
Fact: The Lincolnshire, England, cottage where SIR Elton John wrote some of his best hits is on the market for GBP250,000 ($450,000). It currently belongs to the ROCKET MAN star's songwriting partner BERNIE TAUPIN.
Quote: "I play the piano, I write songs and I'm choosing fragrances; I know I'm gay but this is ridiculous." SIR Elton John when selecting the fragrance of his vanilla Elton John Aids Foundation candle, which is being sold to raise funds for the charity.
Quote: "Elton is so amazing. He nicknames me Britney, as in BRITNEY SHEARS. But when he's not calling me that he calls me by my proper name, JASON." Scissor Sisters frontman JAKE SHEARS loves SIR Elton John's sense of humour.
Quote: "It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try." SIR Elton John on his plans to record an all hip-hop album.
Quote: "An overview of my career is usually... glasses... homosexuality... Watford Football Club... tantrums... flowers... But the music was pretty phenomenal." SIR Elton John is aware of what people think of him.
Fact: SIR Elton John will celebrate his 60th birthday next March (07) by performing his 60th show at New York's Madison Square Garden. All 60 of the ROCKET MAN's concerts at the famous venue have been sell-outs.
Quote: "Lauren Bacall will do the one-armed push-up bit to Elton John's ROCKET MAN. Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown will take the staff down to the basement and teach them how to freebase myrrh (corr). It's festive." Funnyman Martin Short jokes about his famous celebrity Christmas parties.
Fact: SIR Elton John will kick off this year's (06) New York Fashion Week with a benefit for his AIDS Foundation charity. The rock legend is set to perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on 7 September (06). He will be joined by celebrities including Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Kanye West and NELLY FURTADO.
Fact: Rocker Rod Stewart's fiancee Penny Lancaster is launching a new charity calendar featuring celebrities and their pets. She says of the photography project, which includes Stewart, SIR Elton John and acid-tongued pop mogul Simon Cowell, "I hope the animals will behave better than their owners."
Fact: Scissor Sisters will launch the release of their new album with a little help from their biggest fan - SIR Elton John. John, who has always been a vocal fan of the camp stars, will duet with the New Yorkers on new single I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCIN'. The group has also reportedly recorded a song with ROXY MUSIC star Bryan Ferry for the album TA-DAH.
Fact: SIR Elton John appeared on US talk show ELLEN Monday (24APR06), where talk show host Ellen Degeneres presented him with two wedding gifts - a large ornate framed photo of herself and a $50 (GBP29) gift certificate for US homewares chain Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Fact: Elton John was so thrilled to hear illusionists SIEGFRIED + ROY were in the audience for a recent Las Vegas, Nevada Red Piano performance he dedicated DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME to them.
Fact: SIR Elton John raised $2.9 million (GBP1.7 million) for his Aids Foundation at his annual post-Oscars party on Sunday night (05MAR06).
Fact: Elton John went high-class Mexican for the menu at his postOscars party last night (05MAR06) - treats for his guests included maine lobster, goat cheese and caviar quesadillas.
Fact: <p>SIR Elton John will play his famous red piano for the last time at his Oscar party on 5 March (06), before it is auctioned off to raise funds for his AIDS foundation charity. </p>
Quote: <p>"There were a lot of beautiful people, so it was nice to sing them that song." British singer/songwriter James Blunt on performing his hit YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL at SIR Elton John's December (05) wedding reception. </p>
Quote: <p>"Our second gig ever was in front of 25,000 people. It felt like a summer festival." British singer/songwriter James Blunt admits opening for SIR Elton John on his first proper tour was mind blowing. </p>
Fact: <p>Ben and Jerry's ice-cream employees LISA DALE and PHILIPPA MARSHALL served up a special treat at SIR Elton John and David Furnish's Windsor, England wedding yesterday (21DEC05) - the girls presented the gay couple with an apple and vanilla ice-cream cake as they left the registry office. </p>
Fact: <p>Former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately has organised a hot-air balloon flight for SIR Elton John and David Furnish as a wedding gift. The pair will exchange vows at a civil union ceremony in Windsor, England, later today (21DEC05). </p>
Quote: <p>"I must admit I do enjoy actually going to football matches, sitting next to the director's box with the other wives." David Furnish is happy to accompany partner SIR Elton John to support his favourite UK soccer team Watford FC. </p>
Fact: <p>SIR Elton John is turning his hit Las Vegas, Nevada, show into a TV special - ELTON JOHN: THE RED PIANO will be the rocker's first US TV special when it airs on 4 December (05). </p>
Fact: <p>VIP guests at last night's Country Music Awards in New York City received gift bags containing products worth $15,000 (GBP8,3000). Guests including SIR Elton John, Dolly Parton and Kenny Chesney were treated to Skechers shoes, Wrapture cigars, Wrangler Jeans and much, much more. </p>
Quote: <p>"I will be 88 and still playing somewhere. I feel as vibrant and energetic as ever. I just want my music to be as honest as possible." SIR Elton John reveals what he'll be doing in thirty years time. </p>
Quote: <p>"I decided to wear those kind of glasses, I wore them all the time and my eyesight got worse, so that was my vanity thing. That was Buddy Holly's fault." SIR Elton John on copying his hero Buddy Holly's spectacles style as a teenager. </p>
Quote: <p>"I was only allowed to have a bicycle with a basket on the front. I mean, please... No wonder I'm gay." SIR Elton John is still feeling the effects caused by riding an effeminate bike as a child. </p>
Fact: <p>Star-studded Hurricane Katrina benefit concerts, staged at New York's Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden on 20 September (05) raised over $9 million (GBP5 million) for the cause. The shows featured SIR Elton John, Tom Waits, Jimmy Buffett and The Dave Matthews Band. </p>
Fact: <p>Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin are planning a musical sequel to hit 1975 album CAPTAIN FANTASTIC + THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY. The new project will be called CAPTAIN FANTASTIC + The Kid. </p>
Fact: <p>Celine Dion, Elton John, Loretta Lynn and George Clinton are among the stars scheduled to perform at comedian Jerry Lewis' 40th annual TV telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The eight-hour marathon of performances and pledges airs on Sunday (04SEP05) in America. </p>