Elton John

~ Person

Legal name: Reginald Dwight (Elton John)

Also performs as: Ann Orson (a.k.a. Elton John)


Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His tribute single, re-penned in dedication to the late Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987, and 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2014 had a stand named after him at the club's home stadium.

Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology. John met his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in 1967, after they had both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years they wrote songs for other artists, including Lulu, and John also worked as a session musician for artists such as the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1969 his debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970 a single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US, his first hit single. After decades of commercial chart success, John has also achieved success in musical theatre, both in the West End and on Broadway, composing the music for The Lion King (film and musical), Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical.

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. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists (third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Order of the British Empire in 1996, John was made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. 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.

He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$200 million. John, who announced he was bisexual in 1976 and has been openly gay since 1988, entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005, and after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2014, wed Furnish on 21 December 2014. He continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Empty Sky Elton John 6
1970 Elton John Elton John 5 15
1970 Tumbleweed Connection Elton John 11
1971 Madman Across the Water Elton John 5 14
1972 Honky Château Elton John 5 12
1972 Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player Elton John 13
1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 4 31
1974 Caribou Elton John 4 11
1975 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Elton John 5 14
1975 Rock of the Westies Elton John 5 10
1976 Blue Moves Elton John 5 7
1978 A Single Man Elton John 6
1979 Victim of Love Elton John 2
1980 21 at 33 Elton John 7
1981 The Fox Elton John 5
1982 Jump Up! Elton John 7
1983 Too Low for Zero Elton John 8
1984 Breaking Hearts Elton John 6
1985 Ice on Fire Elton John 8
1986 Leather Jackets Elton John 1 3
1988 Reg Strikes Back Elton John 6
1989 Sleeping With the Past Elton John 3 6
1989 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions Elton John 2
1992 The One Elton John 5
1993 Duets Elton John 2 3
1995 Made in England Elton John 4 3
1997 The Big Picture Elton John 3
2001 Songs From the West Coast Elton John 5
2004 Peachtree Road Elton John 5
2006 Disney’s Sing-Along: The Lion King Elton John 1
2006 The Captain & the Kid Elton John 4
2010 The Union Elton John & Leon Russell 7
2012 Good Morning to the Night Elton John vs Pnau 3
2013 The Diving Board Elton John 6
2016 Wonderful Crazy Night Elton John 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Greatest Hits Elton John 4 11
1977 Elton John’s Greatest Hits, Volume II Elton John 7
1980 Lady Samantha Elton John 2
1980 Milestones Elton John 1
1982 Love Songs (1982 compilation) Elton John 3
1983 The New Collection Elton John 1
1983 The Superior Sound of Elton John: 1970-1975 Elton John 1
1985 Biggest Elton John 1
1985 Greatest Hits Elton John 1
1985 Your Songs Elton John 1
1987 Greatest Hits, Volume III: 1979–1987 Elton John 3
1987 The Very Best of Elton John - Part II Elton John 1
1989 The Collection Elton John 1
1990 The Very Best of Elton John Elton John 3
1990 To Be Continued... Elton John 3
1991 Love Songs (Pickwick compilation, 1969–86 era) Elton John 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Elton John Elton John 1
1992 Rare Masters Elton John 3
1992 Dick James Demos, Volume 2 Elton John 1
1992 Greatest Hits 1976-1986 Elton John 4 2
1992 Super Stars Best Collection Elton John 1
1994 Chartbusters Go Pop!! Elton John 2
1994 Classic Elton John Elton John 1
1994 Reg Dwight's Piano Goes Pop Elton John 1
1994 Saturday Sun Sessions Elton John 1
1995 Love Songs (European version) Elton John 5 10
2002 Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John 3.9 12
2007 Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Elton John 9
2007 Rocket Man: Number Ones Elton John 2
2007 16 Legendary Covers as Sung by Elton John Elton John 2
2007 Greatest Hits Elton John 1
2007 Just Like Belgium Elton John 1
2010 The Very Best of Magic Elton John Elton John 1
2012 5 Classic Albums: 1970-1973 Elton John 2
Ballads Elton John 1
Crocodile Rock Elton John 1
Dream Ticket Elton John 1
Greatest Hits Elton John 1
Greatest Hits 1970-2002 Elton John 1
Songbook Elton John 1
The Best of Elton John Elton John 1
Your Songs: Die große Edition seiner romantischen Welthits Elton John 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 17-11-70 Elton John 5 6
1976 Here and There Elton John 7
1977 Live 17-11-70 Elton John 1
1981 Elton John & John Lennon Live! 28th November 1974 Elton John & John Lennon 1
1987 Live in Australia Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 4
1999 Live at The Ritz Elton John 1
2000 One Night Only Elton John 6
2001 Face to Face Live in Vancouver 2001 Elton John & Billy Joel 1
2003 Face to Face Live in Columbia 2003 Elton John & Billy Joel 1
2007 Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden Elton John 1
2008 The Red Piano Elton John 2
2009 The Piano Men: Live in Tokyo Elton John & Billy Joel 2
Face to Face Elton John & Billy Joel 2
Live in Verona: 7th July 2009 Elton John 1
The Red Piano: Live in Barcelona 20.10.2009 Elton John 1
The Red Piano: Live in Rotterdam 17.10.2009 Elton John 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Friends Elton John 1
1994 The Lion King (1994 film soundtrack) Elton John & Hans Zimmer 3.35 13
1994 Der König der Löwen (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, German version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 3
1994 Le Roi Lion (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, French version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 3
1994 El Rey León (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Spanish version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 4 2
1994 Król lew (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Polish version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 2
1994 O Rei Leão (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Brazilian Portuguese version) Elton John & Hans Zimmer 2

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