Elton John (English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer)

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Legal name: Elton Hercules John, Seras Eltonas Džonas


Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is a British singer, songwriter and pianist. Acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his work during the 1970s and for his lasting impact on the music industry, his music and showmanship have had a significant impact on popular music. His songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin is one of the most successful in history.

John was raised in Pinner and learned to play piano at an early age, winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for five years. He formed the blues band Bluesology in 1962, but left in 1967 to embark on a solo career and met Taupin the same year. For two years, they wrote songs for other artists, and John worked as a session musician. In 1969, John released his debut album Empty Sky, and a year later formed the Elton John Band, also releasing his first hit single, "Your Song". John's critical success was at its peak in the 1970s, when he released a string of chart-topping albums both in the US and UK, which began with Honky Château (1972) and culminated with Rock of the Westies (1975). His success continued in the 1980s and 1990s, having several hit singles and albums in both decades, and he has continued to record new music since. John has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing music for The Lion King, Aida, and Billy Elliot the Musical. John's final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road (2018–2023), became the highest-grossing tour ever at the time. His life and career were dramatised in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.

John is an HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser and has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. He established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, which has raised over £300 million since its inception, and a year later he began hosting his annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Party, which has since become one of the biggest high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. John was the chairman and director of Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987, and again from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary life president of the club. From the late 1970s to the late 1980s, John developed a severe addiction to drugs and alcohol, but has been clean and sober since 1990. In 2005 he entered a civil partnership with his long-term partner, the Canadian filmmaker David Furnish. They married in 2014, when same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales.

John has more than fifty top-40 hits on the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including nine number ones in both countries, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. He has sold over 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He is the most successful solo artist in the history of the US Billboard charts. His tribute single to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997", a rewritten version of his 1974 single, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time. In 2021, he became the first solo artist with UK Top 10 singles across six decades. Among John's numerous awards, he is one of 19 entertainers to win the EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, and a Tony Award. He also won two Golden Globes, a Laurence Olivier Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and is a fellow of The Ivors Academy. He was knighted by Elizabeth II for services to music and charity in 1998 and was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2020, being invested at Windsor Castle in 2021 by the Prince of Wales.

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1969Empty SkyElton John3.414
1970Elton JohnElton John3.4528
1970Tumbleweed ConnectionElton John3.6521
1971Madman Across the WaterElton John3.723
1972Honky ChâteauElton John4.221
1973Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano PlayerElton John420
1973Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John456
1974CaribouElton John3.220
1975Rock of the WestiesElton John3.516
1975Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt CowboyElton John3.8529
1976Blue MovesElton John3.510
1978A Single ManElton John313
1979Victim of LoveElton John38
198021 at 33Elton John312
1981The FoxElton John3.2516
1982Jump Up!Elton John310
1983Too Low for ZeroElton John3.514
1984Breaking HeartsElton John314
1985Ice on FireElton John312
1986Leather JacketsElton John35
1988Reg Strikes BackElton John3.512
1989Sleeping With the PastElton John3.516
1992The OneElton John3.612
1993DuetsElton John2.757
1995Made in EnglandElton John3.89
1997The Big PictureElton John3.357
2001Songs From the West CoastElton John37
2004Peachtree RoadElton John3.358
2006The Captain & The KidElton John29
2010The UnionElton John / Leon Russell2.510
2013The Diving BoardElton John2.59
2016Wonderful Crazy NightElton John210
2021Regimental Sgt. ZippoElton John3
2021The Lockdown SessionsElton John2.521

Album + Compilation

1971A Very Special CollectionElton John1
1974Greatest HitsElton John3.521
1977Elton John’s Greatest Hits, Volume IIElton John312
1980Lady SamanthaElton John13
1980MilestonesElton John11
1981The AlbumElton John2.52
1981Elton John (La grande storia del rock)Elton John1
1982Love Songs (1982 compilation)Elton John15
1982Your Songs: Die große Edition seiner romantischen WelthitsElton John11
1983The Superior Sound of Elton John: 1970-1975Elton John12
1983The New CollectionElton John11
1985BiggestElton John11
1985Greatest HitsElton John11
1985Your SongsElton John11
1987Greatest Hits, Volume III: 1979–1987Elton John27
1987Honky CatElton John42
1987The Very Best of Elton John, Part 2Elton John12
1987Твоя песняElton John42
1987Элтон Джон / Ансамбль “Дип Перпл”Elton John / Deep Purple1
1989The CollectionElton John11
1990The Very Best of Elton JohnElton John16
1990To Be Continued…Elton John14
1991Love Songs (Pickwick compilation, 1969–86 era)Elton John11
1991The Rock Collection: Elton JohnElton John11
1992Rare MastersElton John14
1992Dick James Demos, Volume 2Elton John11
1992Greatest Hits 1976-1986Elton John2.53
1992SongbookElton John1
1992Super Stars Best CollectionElton John11
1994Classic Elton JohnElton John11
1994Chartbusters Go Pop!!Elton John12
1994Reg Dwight’s Piano Goes PopElton John12
1994Saturday Sun SessionsElton John11
1995Love SongsElton John3.6515
1998Cotton Fields - 16 Legendary Covers From 1969/70Elton John17
2001Golden BalladsElton John1
2002Greatest Hits 1970–2002Elton John3.413
2004Greatest Hits: One Night Only (Exclusive 2004 Asian Tour Edition, not live)Elton John11
2006Greatest HitsElton John11
2007Rocket Man: The Definitive HitsElton John117
2007Greatest HitsElton John11
2007Just Like BelgiumElton John11
2007Rocket Man: 18 Norske Hits!Elton John1
20125 Classic Albums: 1970–1973Elton John12
2017DiamondsElton John516
2019'Rocketman' Celebration Songs Sung By Elton JohnElton John1
2020Jewel BoxElton John6
BalladsElton John1
Best ofElton John1
Crocodile RockElton John1
Greatest HitsElton John1
Love SongsElton John1
The Best of Elton JohnElton John1

Album + Soundtrack

1971FriendsElton John1
1994The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994 film soundtrack)Elton John, Tim Rice & Hans Zimmer323
1994Der König der Löwen (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, German version)Elton John, Hans Zimmer3
1994Le Roi Lion (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, French version)Elton John, Hans Zimmer6
1994Król lew (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Polish version)Elton John, Hans Zimmer2
1994Lejonkungen (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Swedish version)Elton John & Hans Zimmer2
1994O Rei Leão (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Brazilian Portuguese version)Elton John & Hans Zimmer54
1994O Rei Leão (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Portuguese version)Elton John, Hans Zimmer1
1997The Lion King: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1997 original Broadway cast)Elton John & Tim Rice47
1999The MuseElton John1
2000The Road to El DoradoElton John37
2000Aida (2000 original Broadway cast)Elton John2
2000Aida (Original Broadway Cast Recording)Elton John & Tim Rice1

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