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

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Legal name: Elton Hercules John


Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time. According to Billboard in 2019, John is the top solo artist in US chart history (third overall), and the top Adult Contemporary artist of all time.

Raised in the Pinner area of Greater London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967. He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for other artists, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1969, John's debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970, his first hit single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, became his first top ten in both the UK and the US. His most commercially successful period, 1970–1976, included Honky Château (1972), Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (1973), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) and his first Greatest Hits compilation — the latter two among the official best-selling albums worldwide. John has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. In 2018, John began his ongoing farewell tour. His music career was dramatised in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.

John has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and a year later he began hosting his annual Academy Awards Party, which has since become one of the biggest high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over £300 million. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary life president of the club. 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. 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; they married after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2014.

John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards; including for Outstanding Contribution to Music; two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. 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 British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. Presenting John with France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, in 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron called him a "melodic genius" and praised his work on behalf of the LGBT community.

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1969Empty SkyElton John313
1970Elton JohnElton John3.225
1970Tumbleweed ConnectionElton John3.2519
1971Madman Across the WaterElton John3.418
1972Honky ChâteauElton John3.817
1972Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano PlayerElton John3.6520
1973Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John447
1974CaribouElton John2.7518
1975Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt CowboyElton John3.522
1975Rock of the WestiesElton John315
1976Blue MovesElton John310
1978A Single ManElton John210
1979Victim of LoveElton John26
198021 at 33Elton John212
1981The FoxElton John2.516
1982Jump Up!Elton John210
1983Too Low for ZeroElton John215
1984Breaking HeartsElton John214
1985Ice on FireElton John212
1986Leather JacketsElton John2.255
1988Reg Strikes BackElton John311
1989Sleeping With the PastElton John2.7514
1989The Complete Thom Bell SessionsElton John2.53
1992The OneElton John2.659
1993DuetsElton John27
1995Made in EnglandElton John38
1997The Big PictureElton John2.57
2001Songs From the West CoastElton John26
2004Peachtree RoadElton John2.57
2006The Captain & The KidElton John27
2010The UnionElton John / Leon Russell2.510
2013The Diving BoardElton John2.58
2016Wonderful Crazy NightElton John210
2021Regimental Sgt. ZippoElton John1

Album + Compilation

1971A Very Special CollectionElton John1
1974Greatest HitsElton John3.3519
1977Elton John’s Greatest Hits, Volume IIElton John2.511
1980Lady SamanthaElton John13
1980MilestonesElton John11
1981The AlbumElton John2.52
1982Love Songs (1982 compilation)Elton John14
1982Love SongsElton John1
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 John14
1987The Very Best of Elton John, Part 2Elton John12
1988Honky CatElton John1
1988Your SongElton John1
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 John314
2002Greatest Hits 1970–2002Elton John3.313
2004Cotton Fields - 16 Legendary Covers From 1969/70Elton John11
2004Greatest Hits: One Night Only (Exclusive 2004 Asian Tour Edition, not live)Elton John11
2006Greatest HitsElton John11
2007Rocket Man: The Definitive HitsElton John112
2007Rocket Man: Number OnesElton John14
200716 Legendary Covers as Sung by Elton JohnElton John13
2007Greatest HitsElton John11
2007Just Like BelgiumElton John11
2007Rocket Man: 18 Norske Hits!Elton John1
2010The Covers RecordElton John11
20125 Classic Albums: 1970–1973Elton John12
2015Legendary Covers ’69/’70Elton John11
2017Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Celebration / Super Deluxe)Elton John1
2017DiamondsElton John511
2019'Rocketman' Celebration Songs Sung By Elton JohnElton John1
2020Jewel BoxElton John5
2020Jewel Box (And This Is Me...)Elton John1
2021The Lockdown SessionsElton John1
BalladsElton John1
Best ofElton John1
Crocodile RockElton John1
Greatest HitsElton 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 Zimmer326
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 Zimmer3
1994El Rey León (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Spanish version)Elton John, Hans Zimmer43
1994Król lew (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Polish 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 Rice7

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