Elton John

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Legal name: Elton Hercules John, 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 "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, 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 Commander 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. On 24 January 2018, it was announced that John would be retiring from touring and would soon embark on a three-year farewell tour, which began in September 2018.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Greatest Love, Volume II Various Artists 1
1989 The Hits Album 10 Various Artists 1
1989 The Love Collection, Volume I Various Artists 1
1989 The Love Collection, Volume III Various Artists 1
1989 The Love Collection, Volume VI Various Artists 1
1989 The Singer & The Song Various Artists 2
1990 The Best of the Greatest Love: Fifty Classic Love Tracks Various Artists 1
1990 The Greatest Popsongs of the Century, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 That Loving Feeling, Volume III Various Artists 1
1990 The Greatest Love, Volume IV Various Artists 1
1990 Now That’s What I Call Music! 18 (UK) Various Artists 1.5 3
1990 A Kick Up the Eighties, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Alf's Super Hitparade Various Artists 1
1990 All By Myself Various Artists 1
1990 Always Various Artists 1
1990 Back in Time... The Sound of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1990 De Pre Historie 1982, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1990 Festivalbar '90 Various Artists 1
1990 Gänsehaut & Herzklopfen Various Artists 1
1990 Glam Crazee! 20 Original Glam Rock Hits Various Artists 1
1990 Great Romantic Hits of the 70s and 80s Various Artists 1
1990 Guitar Rock Various Artists 1
1990 Het beste uit de Top 40 van '90 Various Artists 1
1990 High Life: Himmlische Top-Hits Various Artists 1
1990 Just the Two of Us Various Artists 1
1990 K-SHE95 Summer Classics 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Lennon & McCartney Songbook Various Artists 1
1990 Les Tubes 4 Various Artists 1
1990 Les Tubes, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1990 Love Time 3 Various Artists 1
1990 Merry Christmas Everybody Various Artists 1
1990 Milestones: 20 Rock Operas Various Artists 1
1990 Molten Metal Various Artists 1
1990 Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal Various Artists 1
1990 Phonogram Promotion CD Nr. 3 Various Artists 1
1990 Phonogram Promotion CD Nr. 4 Various Artists 1
1990 Pop Classics: 28 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
1990 Seventies Collection 1979 Various Artists 1
1990 Sounds of the Seventies: 1973 Various Artists 1
1990 Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 Various Artists 1
1990 Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 Various Artists 1
1990 Super Songs Various Artists 1
1990 The 80's Collection, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1990 The Gift of Song Various Artists 1
1990 The Glory of Love 2 Various Artists 1
1990 The Greatest Hits, Part 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Today's Most Requested Love Songs 90 Various Artists 1
1991 Missing You 2: An Album of Love Various Artists 1
1991 Hit Fascination 2/91 Various Artists 1
1991 Billboard Top Hits: 1975 Various Artists 1
1991 Billboard Top Hits: 1976 Various Artists 1
1991 70’s Greatest Rock Hits, Volume 3: High Times Various Artists 1
1991 Hits of the World 1984/1985 Various Artists 1
1991 Heart Rock: Rock für’s Herz, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1991 Mega Hits Dance Classics, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
1991 Reelin' in the Years, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1991 The Power of Jennifer Rush Jennifer Rush 2
1991 25 Years of #1 Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Arista: A 15 Year History of Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Bonjour les 70 : 1978-79 Various Artists 2
1991 Boulevard des slows, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1991 Christmas Collection 1 Various Artists 1
1991 De Pre Historie 1973 Various Artists 1
1991 For Our Children Various Artists 2
1991 Formel Eins: Mega Hits! Various Artists 1
1991 Good Times Various Artists 1
1991 Hifi Visionen: Spezial-CD 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Hit News 91, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 In Love: Greatest Love 5 Various Artists 1
1991 Kuschelrock 5 Various Artists 3
1991 La Fabuleuse Histoire du Rock Various Artists 1
1991 Moods: A Contemporary Soundtrack Various Artists 1
1991 Phonogram News 5/91 Various Artists 1
1991 Q the Album, Volume One Various Artists 1
1991 Reelin' in the Years, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Reelin’ in the Years, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1970 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1972 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1973 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1975 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Christmas Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1991 Rock of the 70’s, Volume Five Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Romances, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Sahnestücke '91: Soft-Rock Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Simply Love Various Artists 1
1991 Sun Jammin' Various Artists 2
1991 Sweet Emotions Various Artists 1
1991 The Best of the Old Grey Whistle Test Various Artists 1
1991 The Brits 1991: The Magic of British Music Various Artists 1
1991 The Glory of Love 3 Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Night Rock Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Heroes Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Stars Various Artists 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1991 Thinking of You... Various Artists 1
1991 TM Century: GoldDisc 196 Various Artists 1
1991 Vragen staat vrij Various Artists 1
1991 Wild Attraction Various Artists 1

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