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 Princess Diana, 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 is set to begin in September 2018.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Power & Sound - The Best Of Symphonic Rock Various Artists 1
1993 Reasons to Believe: Love Songs Various Artists 1
1993 Rock Times, Volume 18: 1989-1990 Various Artists 1
1993 Schön, daß es Dich gibt ! Various Artists 1
1993 Songs of Heaven Various Artists 1
1993 Tempted Various Artists 1
1993 The 80's Collection: 1983 Various Artists 1
1993 The 80’s Collection: 1984 Various Artists 3.5 1
1993 The 80’s Collection: 1985 Various Artists 3 1
1993 The Best Christmas... Ever! Various Artists 2
1993 The Best Years of Your Life, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Chart Show: Ultimate Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Greatest Hits Of The '80's Volume 2 - The Definitive Singles Collection 1980 - 1989 Various Artists 4 1
1993 The Greatest Hits of the 70's, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1993 The Rock Collection: The Heart of Rock Various Artists 1
1993 The Singer & The Song Various Artists 1
1993 Together Forever Various Artists 1
1993 Tomorrow and Always Various Artists 1
1993 Tribute Various Artists 1
1993 Unchained Melody Various Artists 1
1994 A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield Various Artists 2
1994 Secret Lovers Various Artists 2
1994 Braun MTV Eurochart: August 1994 Various Artists 1
1994 Missing You Various Artists 1
1994 The Best of Chris Rea Chris Rea 1
1994 100% Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 That's Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Sounds of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1994 70's Best Of: De Woodstock au Walkman Various Artists 1
1994 100% Pure Love Various Artists 1
1994 A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Various Artists 2
1994 Absolute More Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Broadway Today Various Artists 1
1994 Do You Believe in Love Various Artists 1
1994 Guitar Rock: 1972–1973 Various Artists 1
1994 Hits Collection Various Artists 1
1994 Instrumental Classics Louis Clark and The BBC Concert Orchestra 1
1994 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... but We Like It! Various Artists 1
1994 Lost in Love Various Artists 1
1994 No. 1 Hit Mix Various Artists 1
1994 Party Power Pack, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Precious Moments, Volume 2: 18 Classic Love Songs Various Artists 1
1994 Radio City Love Songs 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Various Artists 1
1994 Shared Vision: The Songs of the Beatles Various Artists 3 2
1994 That Loving Feeling, Volume VII Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1971 Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1972 Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1973 Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1974 Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1978: Back in the Groove Various Artists 2
1994 The 70's: 1979 Various Artists 1
1994 The 70’s: 1975 Various Artists 1
1994 The 80's Collection: 1982 Various Artists 1
1994 The 80’s Collection: Whatever You Want…18 Hits of the 80’s Various Artists 2
1994 The 80s Collection Various Artists 1
1994 The Love Album Various Artists 1
1994 The Movies Greatest Love Songs Various Artists 1
1994 The No. 1 Hits 1973 Various Artists 1
1994 The Ultimate Eighties Various Artists 1
1994 The Very Best of Kiki Dee Kiki Dee 1
1994 The Vorspiel Collection 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Top of the Spot (1994) Various Artists 1
1994 Ultimate Love Various Artists 1
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Various Artists 1
1994 World Hits 1971 Various Artists 1
1994 World Hits 1972 Various Artists 1
1995 Endless Love Various Artists 2
1995 1995 Grammy Nominees Various Artists 2 2
1995 The No.1 70's Rock Album Various Artists 1
1995 Earthrise II Various Artists 3
1995 The No. 1 Movies Album Various Artists 1
1995 Christmas of Hope Various Artists 3 1
1995 Bravo Hits: Best of 92 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best Party… Ever! Various Artists 1
1995 Les Voix en or Various Artists 1
1995 38 Songs of Pure Attraction Various Artists 1
1995 80's on the Rocks Various Artists 1
1995 Absolutely Disney Various Artists 1
1995 AM Gold: 1970 Various Artists 1
1995 Christmas Wishes Various Artists 1
1995 Die Grössten Hits Aus 25 Ronny's Pop Show Various Artists 1
1995 Eat Me Various Artists 1
1995 Every Song Tells a Story Various Artists 1
1995 Everything ’80s Various Artists 1
1995 Guitar Rock: FM Classics Various Artists 1
1995 Het Beste uit de Top 100 Allertijden: Editie ’95 Various Artists 1
1995 Island Radio Holiday Sampler Various Artists 1
1995 Island Treasures Various Artists 1
1995 Knuffelrock 3 Various Artists 1
1995 Lady in Red: A Collection of Great Ballads Various Artists 1
1995 Mega Top 50 1995 Various Artists 1
1995 Now That's What I Call Music! 18 of the Best Various Artists 1
1995 Original Megahits of the 70’s Various Artists 1
1995 Rock Christmas: Best Of Various Artists 1
1995 Sol en si : Solidarité enfants sida Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: 1980 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1982–1983 Various Artists 1
1995 Super ’70s Various Artists 1
1995 The 70's: 1972: Back in the Groove Various Artists 1

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