Elton John

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Legal name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

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Sir Elton Hercules John, (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.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Pop-Art: Pop Rarities and Other Jewels, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Pro Various Artists 1
Pure Love, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Pure Rock Ballads 2 Various Artists 1
Rediscover The 70's - Rockin' All Over The World (disc 1) Various Artists 1
Return to Fantasy Various Artists 1
Rock & Roll Hits Various Artists 1
Rockin' 70's Various Artists 1
Rockin' Down the Highway Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection (Ballads) Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection Golden, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection Instrumental Various Artists 1
Romantic Collection: Golden 80s Various Artists 1
Sentimental Hits Various Artists 1
Shades of Red Various Artists 1
Siemens: Hits der 70er Jahre Various Artists 2
Singers and Songwriters Collection Various Artists 1
Smash Singles of the 70's Various Artists 1
So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross Various Artists 1
Songs from the 70's: All Time Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Sounds of the Season Various Artists 1
Stompin Party Various Artists 1
Studio Hits No.23 Various Artists 1
T784 Various Artists 1
Temas De Peliculas De Disney Various Artists 1
That's Freedom: Rock For The Road Various Artists 1
That's the 70's Various Artists 1
The 70s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Best Love Songs of the 70's 80's and 90's Various Artists 1
The Best Of Chris Rea 1
The Best Seventies Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
The Cliff Richard Collection (1976-1994) Cliff Richard 1
The Greatest Hits of 1978 Various Artists 1
The Greatest Hits of the 70’s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
The Kings of Romance, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
The Last Dance Various Artists 1
The No. 1 Love Album Various Artists 1
The One & Only Rock Ballads Album Various Artists 1
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
This Is My Song Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 102 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 162 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 251 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 265 Various Artists 1
Together Forever Various Artists 1
Top of the Morning With Terry Wogan Various Artists 1
Top of the Pops 2001, Volume Two Various Artists 1
Total Relaxed Various Artists 1
Two Hearts Various Artists 1
Ultimate Rock, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
Unforgettable Various Artists 1
Universal Records 2001 Sampler Various Artists 1
Universal Records A&R Sampler May 2002 Various Artists 1
VH1 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
Volume 2 Various Artists 1
With Love: A Collection of Timeless Romantic Classics Various Artists 1
With Love: Classic Love Songs Various Artists 1
X Factor: January 2003 Various Artists 1
Your Song Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Ministry of Sound: The Annual 2004 (USA) Various Artists 1
2005 Edit Music for a Film UNKLE Sounds 4
2012 Ibiza Annual 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Ministry of Sound: Chillout Sessions XV Various Artists 1
2014 Nile Rodgers Presents Disco Inferno Nile Rodgers 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Best of King Biscuit Live, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 The Unplugged Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 3
1997 Pavarotti & Friends: Best Pavarotti & Friends 1
2004 Live Aid Various Artists 1
2011 T-Bone Burnett Presents: The Speaking Clock Revue - Live From the Beacon Theatre T‐Bone Burnett 1
2011 The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition Various Artists 2
Come Together Guns N’ Roses 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Classic Disney, Volume I: 60 Years of Musical Magic (Pink) Various Artists 4
1995 Classic Disney, Volume II: 60 Years of Musical Magic (Blue) Various Artists 2
1997 Disney's Hit Singles & More Various Artists 2
1998 Walt Disney Records Presents Love Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Disney's Superstar Hits Various Artists 4
2002 O Clone: Internacional Various Artists 1
2004 Senhora do destino: Internacional Various Artists 1
2015 Molly Various Artists 1

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Grandmaster Mashed Up! 2 Various Artists 1
Mastermix DJ Beats Vol 21 Mastermix 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 (Recorded Highlights of) The Prince’s Trust Concert 1987 Various Artists 1
1987 The Prince's Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party Various Artists 1
1990 Knebworth Various Artists 2
1991 Farm-Aid Various Artists 1
1991 Alles Live! Various Artists 1
1992 The Freddie Mercury Tribute Various Artists 6
1992 A Tribute to Freddy Mercury Various Artists 1
1996 Pavarotti & Friends for War Child (live, 1996-06-20: Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy) Pavarotti & Friends 3
1996 Superstars in Concert Various Artists 1
1996 The Best Live Various Artists 1
1997 Music for Monserrat (Benefit Concert) Various Artists 1
1997 Music for Montserrat Various Artists 1
2001 The Concert for New York City Various Artists 3
2002 Party at the Palace Various Artists 2
2002 Live at Knebworth 1990 Various Artists 1
2006 The Bridge School Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2007 Concert for Diana Various Artists 1
1971-06-27: Live at the Fillmore East The Beach Boys 1
1974-06-14: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA The Beach Boys 1

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