Elton John

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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.

Elton John: 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.

Elton 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.

Elton John: Discography (Albums)

Empty Sky (1969)

Elton John (1970)

Tumbleweed Connection (1970)

Madman Across The Water (1971)

Honky Château (1972)

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973)

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Caribou (1974)

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

Rock of The Westies (1975)

Blue Moves (1976)

A Single Man (1978)

Victim of Love (1979)

21 at 33 (1980)

The Fox (1981)

Jump Up! (1982)

Too Low For Zero (1983)

Breaking Hearts (1984)

Ice On Fire (1985)

Leather Jackets (1986)

Reg Strikes Back (1988)

Sleeping With The Past (1989)

The One (1992)

Duets (1993) [Featuring K.D. Lang, Kiki Dee, P.M. Dawn, Little Richard, Chris Rea, Leonard Cohen and George Michael, among others]

Made In England (1985)

The Big Picture (1997)

Songs From the West Coast (2001)

Peachtree Road (2004)

The Captain & The Kid (2006)

Elton John: 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.

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3rd April 2014 -

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13th February 2014 -

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20th November 2013 -

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26th October 2013 -

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24th October 2013 -

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24th October 2013 -

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24th October 2013 -

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14th September 2013 -

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11th September 2013 -

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Sir Elton John, I am looking for people to sponsor me with a donation for an Aids Walk on Sept 30, 2006 in Dover, NJ 07801 Sponored by THE HOPE HOUSE Trying to raise funds for this program to serve clients in the community. This donation is Tax deductable. Sure could use help. It would be greatly appreciate. Make check out to HOPE HOUSE 19-21 Belmont Avenue Dover, NJ 07801 www.hopehousenj.org. Please Ref. my name Peggy FlattSincerely, Peggy

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Javey

My partner and I have had an illegal commitment ceremony here in australia.We will be in London Nov13 an d i wanted to surprise Matt with at least we are legaly married in UK.Do you have any ideas as we dont know any one in UK.My late partner of 20yrs never had that luxury and as I am getting older (66) I want to leave Matt at least that memory.I have been a fan forever when my teenage lover (a radio dj) used to dedicate all your releases to me.

5 years 10 months ago
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Dear SIRELTONJOHNS i think you should check out a guitar player known as JOE MAVETY,I'd swear he is Jimmi's double,WWW.JOEMAVETY.COMIt would be a blast to see yous linked up ,,,Seing is believing as my tougue draged itself across the floor after seeing this man play,yours truly the Berl ,I'M NOT REALLY A LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE NOW SIR. Take Care.

7 years 8 months ago
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The concert of a lifetime, Elton John playing in the Nickel Mining Capitol of Sudbury Ontario. We commoners recently learned that members of our city council were given the opportunity to buy more than a hundred tickets to his precious appearance in our little city. Many of us (the papers have been reporting extensively), were not able to get tickets despite freezing in line or being online for hours trapped in a "virtual waiting room". Our Mayor says this preferential treatment is common practice in other cities. Pity.

6 years 5 months ago
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY MORE!Definition of a consamite* artist, outrageous get ups, songs, first time i saw u was in central park.awesome!!!! everyone was dancing however, this four foot tall fan who weighed 98 lb soaking wet, thought I was going to be smooched! I wouldnt have missed even one of your performances.deinition of a consumate* performer: elton john

7 years 3 months ago
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Last day to bid for Elton John ties being auctioned on e-bay for the charity Cancer Vaccine Institute. Just go to e-bay and type in Elton John ties into the search box and you will find the link. Good luck!

7 years 9 months ago
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was there any doubt that sir elton would extend himself to others???Sure hope emmmiem* is donating to ejaf!!!

5 years 2 months ago
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We have two Elton John ties available on ebay for Cancer Vaccine Institute (Registered Charity No: 1080343). The 100% silk ties were donated to the CVI by a supporter who bought them at Sir Elton John’s “Out of the Closet” clothing sale held in London in November 1997 for his AIDS Foundation. One is from Italy and the other from Japan. Just go to ebay and enter Elton John ties in the search box. All funds raised will help the CVI in their efforts to find, develop and offer patients a better treatment for cancer through vaccines to increase survival rates and improve quality of life. For further information about the CVI please visit www.cancervaccine.org.uk

7 years 9 months ago
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I was so bummed that I couldn't go to the show at Gillete but thanks to Boston Music Spotlight's great review I felt like I was there! If you missed the show you should definitely check out the review here:bostonmusicspotlight.com/article.php?id=2391

5 years 5 days ago
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My mother was a young girl with Elthon's mother and has a photo of her in swimsuit on a Sunday school trip to the beach. Any interest ?

4 years 7 months ago
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