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Sir Elton Hercules John was born on March 25, 1947 under the real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Great Britain. Even in his early childhood, Elton John showed a keen interest and talent for music. He started playing the piano at the age of three and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of eleven. Although his parents were very musical themselves and also played instruments, Elton John was only able to really live out his talent after his parents separated, as his father was rather reserved about his son's ambitions.
At fifteen, a year after his parents' divorce, Elton John began his professional music career as a pianist in a local pub. In the mid-sixties Elton John spent his time primarily with his first own band "Bluesology", with which he was able to gain some tour experience as a supporting act and with solo appearances in a London hotel bar The composer was hired where he was to work with Bernie Taupin for the first time. Elton John and Bernie Taupin's professional partnership continues to this day and has shaped some of Elton John's most successful albums.
So far Elton John and Bernie Taupin had only written music for other musicians, but soon began to record their own pieces at the insistence of their record company. In 1968 they released their first single "I've Been Loving You" and a year later the album "Empty Sky". Although the record was not a commercial success, it was nonetheless received positively by critics. The following albums often made it into the charts, but the album "Honkey Chateau" was the first album that really reached the top position of the American album charts and finally helped Elton John achieve his breakthrough. The following albums also climbed consistently at the top of the charts in the USA, but it was only with the album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" that he managed to spread his popularity across the Atlantic in his home country.
On the rise of his success Elton John founded his own record label "Rocket Records" in 1974 and in the same year he collaborated with John Lennon and released his next album "Caribou", which promptly reached the top of the charts. In the following years he was able to continue his streak of success and composed a whole series of number one hits. Many of his most famous albums such as "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" date from this time.
In 1984 Elton John married his former sound engineer Renate Blauel, from whom he divorced three years later. Two years after his wedding, he also had to undergo an operation on his vocal cords that would permanently change his voice.
In the early 1990s, the single "Sacrifice" made it into the UK charts as number one. His next big hit came in 1994 when he recorded the soundtrack for the Disney movie "The Lion King" with Tim Rice. In addition to immense commercial success, the album brought Elton John an Oscar and a Grammy Award and reached diamond status by 1999 with over 15 million units sold. His next big success was overshadowed by the tragic accident of Princess Diana in the summer of 1997. The single "Candle in the Wind", which he set to music in memory of Lady Diana, is still the best-selling single of all time with more than 33 million units sold . At the end of the nineties he also ventured to Broadway with the musical adaptation of "The Lion King" and the musical "Aida".
After the turn of the century, Elton John continued his career on Broadway and composed the music for the musicals "Billie Elliot the Musical" and "Lestat: The Musical". He entered into a civil partnership with longtime partner David Furnish in 2005, the same year same-sex civil partnerships were legalized in the UK. Her son "Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John" was born in 2010 with the support of a surrogate mother. In addition to his music career, Elton John is also involved in charitable causes, particularly through the "Elton John AIDS Foundation", which he founded in 1992.
In the course of his successful career, Elton John has garnered a number of awards. He received his star on the Hollywod Walk of Fame in 1975. In 1994 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one year later he was named "Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire". The accolade by Queen Elizabeth II, which allowed him to bear the title "Sir", was to follow three years later. In addition to an Oscar, Elton John also earned six Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Tony Award.
2016: Wonderful crazy night
2013: The diving board
2012: Good Morning to the Night (with Pnau)
2011: Gnomeo & Juliet OST
2010: The Union , If It Wasn't for Bad (with Leon Russel)
2008: Australia OST
2007: Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits, Calling it Christmas (with Joss Stone)
2006: The Captain & the Kid , Lestat the Muscial OST , The Bridge [Singel], Tinderbox
2005: Billy Elliot the Muscial OST , Elton John's Christmas Party , Turn the Lights Out When You Leave , Answer in the Sky , Electricity , Where We Both Say Goodbye (with Catherine Britt)
2004: Peachtree Road , All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)
2003: Are You Ready for Love (remix) , The Heart of Every Girl
2002: Greatest Hits 1970-2002 , This Train Don't Stop There Anymore , Original Sin , Your Song (with Alessandro Safina)
2001: Songs from the West Coast , I want love
2000: Elton John One Night Only - The Greatest Hits , The Road to El Dorado OST , Someday Out of the Blue (Theme form El Dorado) , Friends Never Say Goodbye
1999: Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (with Tim Rice) , Muse OST , Written in the Stars (with LeeAnn Rimes) , A Step Too Far
1998: Recover Your Soul , If the River Can Bend
1997: The big picture , Something About the Way You Look Tonight , Candle in the Wind 1997
1996: Chartbusters Go Pop! 20 Legendary Covers from 1969/70 as Sung by Elton John , Love songs , Please , You Can Make History (Young Again) , Live Like Horses (with Luciano Pavarotti)
1995: Made in England , Believe , Made in England , Blessed
1994: The Lion King EAST (with Hans Zimmer) , Don't Go Breaking My Heart (with RuPaul) , Shakey Ground (with Don Henley) , Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (with Marcella Detroit) , Can You Feel the Love Tonight , Circle of Life
1993: Duets , Simple Life , True Love (with Kiki Dee)
1992: The One , Rare Masters , Greatest Hits 1976-1986 , The One , Runaway Train (with Eric Clapton) , The Last Song
1991: Dont 'Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with George Michael)
1990: To Be Continued ... , The Very Best of Elton John , Club at the End of the Street , Sacrifice / Healing Hands , You Gotta Love Someone , Easier to Walk Away
1989: Sleeping with the past , The Complete Thom Bell Sessions , Through the Storm (with Aretha Franklin) , Healing Hands , Sacrifice
1988: Reg strikes back , Take Me to the Pilot (live) [Sinlge], I Don't When Go on with You Like That , Town of Plenty , A Word in Spanish , Mons Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)
1987: Elton John live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra , Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume III , Flame of Paradise (with Jennifer Rush) , Your Song (live) , Candle in the Wind (Live)
1986: Leather jackets , Cry to Heaven , Heartache All Over the World , Slow Rivers (with Cliff Richards)
1985: Ice on Fire , Your Songs , Act of War (with Millie Jackson) Nikita , Wrap Her Up
1984: Breaking Hearts 'Too Low for Zero , Sad Songs (Say So Much) , Passengers , Who Wears These Shoes? , In neon , Breaking Hearts (Ain't What it Used to Be
1983: Too Low for Zero , I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues , I'm still standing , Kiss the Bride , Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year) / Crystal
1982: Jump up! , Love songs , Blue eyes , Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny), Ball and Chain , All Quiet on the Western Front
1981: The Fox , November 28, 1974 EP (with John Lennon) , Nobody wins , Just Like Belgium , Chloe
1980: 21 at 33 , Lady Samantha , The Very Best of Elton John , Little Jeannie , Sartorial Eloquence (Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?), Dear God
1979: Victim of Love , The Thom Bell Sessions , Return to Paradise , Are You Ready for Love , Mama Can't Buy You Love , Victim of Love , Johnny B Goode
1978: A single man , Ego , Part-Time Love , Song for Guy
1977: Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II , Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!) , Crazy Water , The Goaldigger's Song
1976: Blue moves 'Here and There , Grow Some Funk of Your Own , I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford) , Pinball Wizard , Don't Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee) , Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
1975: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy , Rock of the Westies , Philadelphia Freedom , Someone Saved My Life Tonight , Island Girl
1974: Caribou , Elton John's Greatest Hits , Candle in the Wind , Bennie and the Jets , Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me , The Bitch is Back , Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
1973: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player , Goodbye Yellow Brick Road , Daniel , Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting , Goodbye Yellow Brick Road , Step into Christmas
1972: Honkey Château , Tiny Dancer , Rocket Man , Honkey Cat , Crocodile Rock
1971: Madman Across the Water , 17-11-70 , Friends OST , Friends , Levon
1970: Elton John , Tumbleweed Connection , Border Song , Rock n 'Roll Madonna , From Denver to L.A. , Your Song
1969: Empty sky , Lady Samantha , It's Me That You Need
1968: I've Been Loving You
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