Elton John

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Legal name: Reginald Dwight (Elton John)

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

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Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, musician 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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Discography

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Face to Face Live in Columbia 2003 Elton John & Billy Joel 1
2005 2005-04-09: The Red Piano: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, USA Elton John 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
2009 2009-09-24: Nantes, France Elton John 1
2009 2009-06-06: Live 2009: Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland Elton John 1
1998-06-02: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Elton John & Billy Joel 1
Face to Face Elton John & Billy Joel 2
Live in Las Vegas 1999 Elton John 1
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
1997 The Lion King (1997 original Broadway cast) Elton John 3
1998 ライオン・キング (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Japanese version) Elton John & Hans Zimmer 2
1999 The Muse Elton John 1
2000 The Road to El Dorado Elton John 3 5
2000 Aida (2000 original Broadway cast) Elton John 2
2001 Aida (2001 original Dutch cast) Elton John 1
2003 Der König der Löwen (2002 Hamburg cast) Elton John 1
2003 De Leeuwenkoning (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Dutch version) Elton John & Hans Zimmer 1
2003 Leijonakuningas (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Finnish version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 1
2004 Aida Elton John & Tim Rice 1
2004 The Lion King: Het Nederlandse cast album (2004 Netherlands cast) Elton John 1
2005 Lestat (2005 San Francisco cast) Elton John 1
2006 Billy Elliot (2005 original London cast) Elton John 2
2006 Lejonkungen Elton John & Hans Zimmer 1
2007 Le Roi Lion (2007 original Paris cast) Elton John 2
2011 El Rey León (2011 original Madrid cast) Elton John & Tim Rice 1
Billy Elliot (2005-05-21 London cast) Elton John 1
Billy Elliot (2006-07-18 London cast) Elton John 1
Billy Elliot (2006-07-22 London cast) Elton John 1
O Rei Leão (The Lion King 1994 film soundtrack, Portuguese version) Elton John, Hans Zimmer 1

Album + Soundtrack + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Der König der Löwen (spoken word for children) Elton John 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Border Song Elton John 1
1970 Your Song Elton John 1
1972 Crocodile Rock Elton John 1
1972 Levon / Goodbye Elton John 1
1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 1
1973 Step Into Christmas Elton John 1
1974 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds / One Day at a Time Elton John 1
1975 Island Girl / Sugar on the Floor Elton John 1
1975 Philadelphia Freedom Elton John 1
1975 Pinball Wizard Elton John 1
1976 Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!) Elton John 1
1976 Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance) Elton John & Kiki Dee 1
1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John & Kiki Dee 1
1976 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Elton John 1
1978 Ego Elton John 1
1978 Song For Guy Elton John 1
1979 The Thom Bell Sessions '77 Elton John 1
1981 Nobody Wins Elton John 1
1983 Cold as Christmas (in the Middle of the Year) Elton John 1
1983 I'm Still Standing Elton John 2
1984 Passengers Elton John 1
1985 Nikita Elton John 1
1986 Heartache All Over the World Elton John 1
1987 Candle in the Wind Elton John 1
1988 I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That Elton John 5
1990 Easier To Walk Away Elton John 1
1990 Sacrifice Elton John 1
1990 You Gotta Love Someone Elton John 1
1991 Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me George Michael & Elton John 2
1992 The Last Song Elton John 1
1992 Runaway Train Elton John & Eric Clapton 2
1992 The One Elton John 1
1993 True Love Elton John & Kiki Dee 2
1994 Can You Feel the Love Tonight Elton John 3
1994 Circle of Life Elton John 3
1994 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John & RuPaul 1
1994 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John 2
1995 Believe Elton John 2
1995 Made in England Elton John 2
1996 Live Like Horses Elton John & Luciano Pavarotti 1
1997 Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997 Elton John 3 6
1998 Recover Your Soul Elton John 1
1999 Written in the Stars Elton John & LeAnn Rimes 3
2000 Someday Out of the Blue Elton John 1
2001 I Want Love Elton John 1
2002 This Train Don't Stop There Anymore Elton John 1
2002 Sport Relief Elton John & Alessandro Safina 1
2002 Your Song Elton John 1
2003 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Blue feat. Elton John 3
2003 Are You Ready for Love Elton John 3
2005 Electricity Elton John 2
2005 Turn The Lights Out When You Leave Elton John 1
2012 Good Morning to the Night Elton John & Pnau 1
2013 Can't Stay Alone Tonight Elton John 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Poker Face / Speechless / Your Song (live from the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards) Lady Gaga featuring Elton John 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 The Thom Bell Sessions Elton John 1
1999 The Sweet Suggestions of the Pink Moon Elton John 1
2000 The Road to El Dorado Elton John 1
2001 West Coast Songs Elton John 2

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