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Elton John

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Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, the eldest child of Stanley Dwight and only child of Sheila Eileen (Harris), and was raised in a council house of his maternal grandparents, in Pinner. … Read More
1956 9 Years Old The Dwights were keen record buyers, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, and John remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956. … Read More

TEENAGE

1962 15 Years Old In 1962, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. … Read More
1966 19 Years Old In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry's supporting band, and played 16 times at the Marquee Club. … Read More

TWENTIES

1967 - 1972 9 More Events
…  When the contract was signed in 1974, MCA reportedly took out a $25 million insurance policy on John's life.
Drawing on power chords, John's version was recorded and used for the movie release in 1975 and the single came out in 1976 (1975 in the US). The song charted at number 7 in the UK. Bally subsequently released a "Captain Fantastic" pinball machine featuring an illustration of John in his movie guise. The 1975 autobiographical album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy debuted at number one in the US, the first album ever to do so, and stayed at the top for seven weeks. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old 1 More Event
His biggest success in 1976 was "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", a duet with Kiki Dee that topped both the UK and US charts. … Read More

THIRTIES

1977 - 1982 6 More Events
1983 36 Years Old 1 More Event
With original band members Johnstone, Murray and Olsson together again, he was able to return to the charts with the 1983 hit album Too Low for Zero, which included "I'm Still Standing" (No. 4 UK) and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", the latter of which featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and reached No. 4 in the US and No. 5 in the UK.
1984 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel, on Valentine's Day 1984 – the marriage lasted three years.
In 1985, he was one of the many performers at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium. … Read More

FORTIES

1987 - 1991 6 More Events
In 1992 he released the US number 8 album The One, featuring the hit song "The One". … Read More
1993 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, he began a relationship with David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker originally from Toronto, Canada. … Read More
1994 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Along with Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995 he released Made in England (number 3, 1995), which featured the single "Believe".

FIFTIES

…  John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012. … Read More
1998 - 2002 5 More Events
2003 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2003, he scored his fifth UK number one single when "Are You Ready for Love" topped the charts. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old Elton John was named a Disney Legend for his contributions to Disney's films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by the Walt Disney Company.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2007 he performed at Madison Square Garden for a record breaking 60th time for his 60th birthday, the concert was broadcast live and a DVD recording was released as Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden; a greatest-hits compilation CD, Rocket Man – Number Ones, was released in 17 different versions worldwide, including a CD/DVD combo; and his back catalogue – almost 500 songs from 32 albums – became available for legal paid download.
On 21 June 2008, he performed his 200th show in Caesars Palace. … Read More
2010 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On 6 June 2010, John performed at the fourth wedding of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for a reported US$1 million fee. … Read More
He began his new show The Million Dollar Piano at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on 28 September 2011. … Read More
On 3 February 2012, Elton John visited Costa Rica for the first time when he performed at the recently built National Stadium.
He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his "lasting impact on British culture", an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
…  He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2014 had a stand named after him at the club's home stadium.
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