Elton John

English musician Elton John

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.
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How Elton John and Grammy producers kept the magic going long after the award show ended
LATimes - 24 days
“Let’s make sure there’s a keyboard in Elton’s dressing room,” Ken Ehrlich, the longtime executive producer of the Grammy Awards, ordered before ducking away to meet Elton John and Miley Cyrus. Ehrlich was on his way to oversee a soft run-through of “Tiny Dancer,” which would ultimately be performed...
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Music stars collide on Grammys red carpet
Reuters.com - 26 days
Elton John, Camila Cabello and DJ Khaled share their excitement ahead of music's biggest night. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Grammy rehearsals aim to be true to the political climate while celebrating music - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 28 days
Los Angeles Times Grammy rehearsals aim to be true to the political climate while celebrating music Los Angeles Times Elton John rehearses for the 60th Grammy Awards show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 25. Note the keyboard eyelashes. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times). 1 / 15. "Can I have more [sound] in my ear?" Miley Cyrus asked as she went over notes ... The Grammys' Big Four Categories: Who Should Win, and Who Will Win? Billboard Editors DebateBillboard Lorde Grammys Won't Let Me Go Solo ... So I'm Not Performing!!!TMZ.com How to Make the Stale Grammy Awards Relevant AgainDaily Beast NPR -PEOPLE.com -New York Times -New York Daily News all 907 news articles »
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Elton John Reveals The Moment Prince Harry Confessed: 'I'm In Love'
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Too cute!
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Elton John supports #MeToo movement, but denounces lack of 'due process'
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Elton John says he supports the men and women coming forward amid the #Metoo movement, but warns against passing judgment on the accused without 'due process.'
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Elton John Makes Writing A Pop Masterpiece Look Easy In This Vintage Clip
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Watch him explain the music to "Tiny Dancer."
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Goodbye yellow brick tours; Elton John announces farewell world concerts
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elton John on Wednesday announced a three-year farewell world tour, saying he would quit traveling afterward to focus on life with his family.
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Elton John says upcoming tour will be his last
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Davos elite tap Cate Blanchett, Elton John, Shah Rukh Khan for human rights awards
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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Film star Cate Blanchett, singer-songwriter Elton John and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received awards at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday for their work raising awareness about human rights issues.
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U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys
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London Jewelry Gets an Awards Event: The Leopards
NYTimes - 3 months
The first awards, intended to raise jewelry’s profile among a wider audience, honored Elton John, Daphne Guinness, “The Crown” and others.
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Elton John is 'never going to stop,' but will 'take a breather,' says manager
ABC News - 3 months
The singer's two children are nearly 7 and 5, and they need their parents.
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    John will play piano on "Sick Love", a song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Getaway, released in June 2016.
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  • 2015
    In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.
    In October 2015, it was announced Elton John would release his 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, on 5 February 2016.
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    On 24 September 2015, the Associated Press reported that President Putin called John and invited him to meet in the future about LGBT issues in Russia.
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  • 2014
    After gay marriage became legal in England in March 2014, John and Furnish married in Windsor, Berkshire, on 21 December 2014, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership.
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    In a January 2014 interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke of John in an attempt to show that there was no gay discrimination in Russia, stating; "Elton John – he's an extraordinary person, a distinguished musician, and millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation."
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    In 2014, he claimed Jesus would have been in favour of same-sex marriage.
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    He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2014 had a stand named after him at the club's home stadium.
  • 2013
    In September 2013, John received the first Brits Icon Award for his "lasting impact" on UK Culture.
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    Later in 2013 he collaborated with rock band Queens of the Stone Age on their sixth studio album Like Clockwork, contributing piano and vocals on the song "Fairweather Friends".
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    In February 2013, John performed a duet with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
    He has received five 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 Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
  • 2012
    But by 2012 John had changed his position and become a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom.
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    At the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards on 30 October, Elton John, along with Michael Caine, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell and Stephen Fry, recited Rudyard Kipling's poem "If—" in tribute to the 2012 British Olympic and Paralympics athletes.
    An album containing remixes of songs that he recorded in the 1970s called Good Morning to the Night was released in July 2012.
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    On 4 June 2012, he performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, performing a repertoire including "Your Song", "Crocodile Rock" and "I'm Still Standing".
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    On 3 February 2012, Elton John visited Costa Rica for the first time when he performed at the recently built National Stadium.
  • 2011
    In 2011, John performed vocals on Snowed in at Wheeler Street with Kate Bush for her 50 Words for Snow album.
    He performed his 3000th concert on Saturday 8 October 2011 at Caesars.
    He began his new show The Million Dollar Piano at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on 28 September 2011.
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  • 2010
    He released The Union on 19 October 2010.
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    On 6 June 2010, John performed at the fourth wedding of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for a reported fee.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    In 2008, John stated he preferred civil partnerships over marriage for gay people.
    In a September 2008 interview with GQ magazine, John said: "I'm going on the road again with Billy Joel again next year", referring to "Face to Face", a series of concerts featuring both musicians.
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    On 21 June 2008, he performed his 200th show in Caesars Palace.
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  • 2007
    On 1 July 2007, John appeared at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London in honour of the late Diana, Princess of Wales on what would have been her 46th birthday, with the proceeds from the concert going to Diana's charities as well as to charities of which her sons Princes William and Harry are patrons.
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    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.
  • 2006
    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.
  • 2003
    In October 2003, he announced that he had signed an exclusive agreement to perform 75 shows over three years at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.
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    In August 2003, he scored his fifth UK number one single when "Are You Ready for Love" topped the charts.
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  • 2002
    He stepped down in 2002 when the club needed a full-time chairman although he continued as president of the club.
  • 2001
    At the 2001 Grammy Awards, Elton performed "Stan" with Eminem.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, he and Tim Rice teamed again to create songs for DreamWorks' animated film The Road to El Dorado. he released his 27th album, Songs from the West Coast, in October 2001.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In addition to The Lion King, John also composed music for a Disney musical production of Aida in 1999 with lyricist Tim Rice, for which they received the Tony Award for Best Original Score at the 54th Tony Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards.
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  • 1998
    It would win Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" was released as a double A-side.
  • 1997
    In November 1997, John performed in the BBC's Children in Need charity single "Perfect Day", which reached number one in the UK. In the musical theatre world, The Lion King musical debuted on Broadway in 1997 and the West End in 1999. In 2014, it had grossed over $6 billion and became the top-earning title in box-office history for both stage productions and films, surpassing the record previously held by Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera.
    On 15 September 1997, John appeared at the Music for Montserrat charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, performing "Your Song", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and "Live Like Horses" solo before finishing with "Hey Jude" alongside fellow English artists Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler and Sting.
    Elton John has publicly performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" only once, at Diana's funeral, vowing never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons.
    On 6 September 1997, John performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" at the funeral of Princess Diana in Westminster Abbey.
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    Early in 1997, he held a 50th birthday party, costumed as Louis XIV, for 500 friends.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    John performed "Believe" at the 1995 Brit Awards, and picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
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    In 1995 he released Made in England (number 3, 1995), which featured the single "Believe".
  • 1994
    In 1994, Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.
    Along with Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, he began hosting his annual Academy Award Party, which has become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry, and has raised over.
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    In 1993, he began a relationship with David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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  • 1992
    In September, John performed "The One" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and closed the ceremony performing "November Rain" with Guns N' Roses.
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    In April 1992, John appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, performing "The Show Must Go On" with the remaining members of Queen, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses and Queen.
    In 1992, he released the US number 8 album The One, featuring the hit song "The One".
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  • 1991
    At the 1991 Brit Awards in London, Elton John won the award for Best British Male.
  • 1990
    In April 1990, John performed his 1968 ballad "Skyline Pigeon" at the funeral of Ryan White, a teenage haemophiliac he had befriended.
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    In 1990, he achieved his first solo UK number one hit single, with "Sacrifice" (coupled with "Healing Hands") from the previous year's album Sleeping with the Past; it would stay at the top spot for six weeks.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    In 1988, he performed five sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York, giving him 26 for his career.
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  • 1987
    He sold the club to Jack Petchey in 1987, but remained president.
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    In 1987 he won a libel case against The Sun which published false allegations of sex with rent boys.
  • 1986
    In 1986, he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon's album Rock the Nations.
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  • 1985
    Elton John also recorded material with Millie Jackson in 1985.
    In 1985 he released Breaking Hearts which featured the hit song "Sad Songs (Say So Much)", No. 5 in the US and No. 7 in the UK.
    In 1985, he was one of the many performers at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium.
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  • 1984
    He married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on 14 February 1984, in Darling Point, Sydney, with speculation that the marriage was a cover for his homosexuality.
    He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel, on Valentine's Day 1984 – the marriage lasted three years.
  • 1983
    In October 1983, Elton John caused controversy when he broke the United Nations' cultural boycott on apartheid-era South Africa by performing at the Sun City venue.
    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.
  • 1982
    His 1982 hit "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)", came from his Jump Up! album, his second under a new US recording contract with Geffen Records.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    On 13 September 1980, Elton John, with Olsson and Murray back in the Elton John Band, performed a free concert to an estimated 400,000 fans on The Great Lawn in Central Park in New York.
  • 1979
    In 1979, John and Taupin reunited, though they did not collaborate on a full album until 1983's Too Low For Zero. 21 at 33, released the following year, was a significant career boost, aided by his biggest hit in four years, "Little Jeannie" (number 3 US), with the lyrics written by Gary Osborne.
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    In 1979, accompanied by Ray Cooper, Elton John became one of the first Western artists to tour the Soviet Union, as well as one of the first in Israel.
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  • 1978
    Now only producing one album a year, John issued A Single Man in 1978, employing a new lyricist, Gary Osborne; the album produced no singles that made the top 20 in the US but the two singles from the album released in the UK, "Part-Time Love" and "Song for Guy", both made the top 20 in the UK with the latter reaching the top 5.
  • 1977
    In November 1977, Elton John announced he was retiring from performing; Taupin began collaborating with others.
  • 1976
    John came out as bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, but after his divorce from Blauel in 1988, he told the magazine that he was "comfortable" being gay.
    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.
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  • 1975
    On 9 August 1975, John was named the outstanding rock personality of the year at the first annual Rock Music Awards at ceremonies held in Santa Monica, California.
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    In June 1975, John introduced the line-up before a crowd of 75,000 in London's Wembley Stadium.
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    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.
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  • 1974
    Caribou was released in 1974 and became John's third number one in the UK, and topped the charts in the US, Canada and Australia.
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    In 1974, a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Lennon appearing on Elton John's single cover of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", the B-side of which was Lennon's "One Day at a Time."
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    In 1974, MCA released his Greatest Hits album, a UK and US number one which is certified Diamond by the RIAA for sales of 16million copies in the US.
    When the contract was signed in 1974, MCA reportedly took out a insurance policy on John's life.
  • 1972
    Released in 1972, Honky Château became John's first US number one album, spending five weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, and began a streak of seven consecutive US number one albums.
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    In 1972, Davey Johnstone joined the Elton John Band on guitar and backing vocals.
  • 1970
    Backed by former Spencer Davis Group drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray, Elton John's first American concert took place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in August 1970, and was a success.
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    Elton John was released in April 1970 on DJM Records/Pye Records in the UK and Uni Records in the US, and established the formula for subsequent albums – gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads.
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  • 1969
    In 1969, with Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Tony Murray, John recorded another single, "Lady Samantha", and an album, Empty Sky.
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    In 1969, John provided piano for Roger Hodgson on his first released single, "Mr. Boyd" by Argosy, a quartet that was completed by Caleb Quaye and Nigel Olsson.
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    In 1969 his debut album, Empty Sky, was released.
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  • 1968
    The team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin joined Dick James's DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968, and over the next two years wrote material for various artists, like Roger Cook and Lulu.
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  • 1967
    When the two first met in 1967 they recorded what would become the first Elton John/Bernie Taupin song: "Scarecrow".
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  • 1966
    In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry's supporting band, and played 16 times at the Marquee Club.
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  • 1962
    In 1962, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology.
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  • 1956
    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.
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  • 1947
    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 (née Harris), and was raised in a council house of his maternal grandparents, in Pinner.
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