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 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. 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
2001 Les Voix en or, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
2001 Magic Various Artists 1
2001 Mastermix Classic Cuts: 90s Night Various Artists 1
2001 Music 4 You, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Music of the Millennium II Various Artists 5
2001 One Shot Easy, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 Passion: Songs for Lovers Various Artists 1
2001 Simply the Best Love Songs Various Artists 1
2001 Singers and Songwriters: 1975-1979 Various Artists 1
2001 Singers and Songwriters: Classics Various Artists 1
2001 Singers and Songwriters: Early ’70s Various Artists 2
2001 Singers and Songwriters: Mid-'70s Various Artists 1
2001 Singers and Songwriters: The '70s Various Artists 1
2001 Sounds of the 70s: More Hits From 1973 Various Artists 1
2001 Super Ballads 2 Various Artists 1
2001 The All Time Greatest Love Songs, Volume II Various Artists 1
2001 You Light Up My Life: Gentle Memories of the '70s Various Artists 1
2002 Love So Strong Various Artists 1
2002 Disney's Princess Favorites Various Artists 1
2002 GRAMMY Nominees 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 New Woman 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Pure Genius: 40 of the World's Greatest Songwriters Various Artists 1
2002 Capital Gold Legends III Various Artists 1
2002 The Magic of Disney Various Artists 1
2002 Casey Kasem Presents America's Top 10 - 1970s: The Singer/Songwriters Various Artists 1
2002 Ballermann Hits: WM-Party 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Best of British: 50 Golden Years of British Popular Music Various Artists 1
2002 Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 3
2002 The Magic of Disney: 20 Superstar Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Emotions Various Artists 1
2002 Disney's Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Love Lights 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Simply the Best of the 90's Various Artists 1
2002 Kuschelrock 16 Various Artists 4
2002 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists 1
2002 Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs, Volume 3: The New Collection Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 20 Various Artists 1
2002 Wow! Movie: Disney’s Superstar Hits Various Artists 1
2002 50 Years of No. 1 Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Best of British Various Artists 1
2002 Classic Rock Various Artists 1
2002 Guitar Rock: Hot Guitar Licks Various Artists 1
2002 Het beste uit alle 13 goed, Deel 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Het beste uit alle 13 goed: deel 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Hot! Hot! Hot! Various Artists 1
2002 Je t’aime Various Artists 1
2002 Kuschelrock Special Edition: The Most Beautiful Duets Various Artists 2
2002 Love Album Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Music of the Millennium III Various Artists 1
2002 No molestar Various Artists 1
2002 Selección Gen Vol. II: Bien lento Various Artists 1
2002 Songs 2: The Best of the Singer/Songwriters Various Artists 1
2002 Songs: The Best of the Singer Songwriters Various Artists 1
2002 The Best of 70’ Rock Edition, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The No.1 DJ Collection: 70's, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2002 The Power of Love II Various Artists 2
2002 The Ultimate Acoustic Collection Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of James Galway James Galway 2
2003 Wintertijd Various Artists 1
2003 FriendsReunited.co.uk: 42 Classroom Classics From the 80s Various Artists 1
2003 40 Greatest Ever Show Tunes, Part 1 Various Artists 1
2003 Love: Eternal Lovesongs Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of MTV Unplugged 2 Various Artists 3 1
2003 Yorin Hitzone 22 Various Artists 1
2003 Kuschelrock Special Edition: Feelings of the Seventies Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute Kidz 8 Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Smoochy Album Various Artists 1
2003 The Midnight Hour: The 20 Sexiest Hits of All Time Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold: British Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Magic Summer Feeling Various Artists 1
2003 The Piano and The Song Various Artists 1
2003 Drivin' Various Artists 1
2003 Clubmix Summer 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 nostalgie la légende Various Artists 2
2003 Fine: TV Hits and Joyful Music Various Artists 1
2003 Now That's What I Call Christmas! 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Greatest Hits LeAnn Rimes 4
2003 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles: Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
2003 Clubland 4: The Night of Your Life Various Artists 1
2003 The Crying Game Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute Hits 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Now That’s What I Call Music! 56 (UK) Various Artists 2 1
2003 The Number One Classical Album 2004 Various Artists 1
2003 Christmas Hits: 50 Festive Favourites Various Artists 1
2003 Ö3 Christmas Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2003 Pin-Ups: The Original Pop Idols Various Artists 1
2003 The D.I.S.C.O. Album Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs Various Artists 1
2003 Celebrities at Their Worst, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 The RS500 Super Audio CD Sampler Various Artists 1
2003 FriendsReunited.co.uk '70s Party Various Artists 2
2003 I Love Christmas Various Artists 1
2003 Os Melhores Temas de Desenhos Animados Various Artists 1
2003 Casting Hits Various Artists 1
2003 40 Greatest Ever Show Tunes Various Artists 1
2003 Acoustic Rock Various Artists 1
2003 Alan Jones Favourites Various Artists 1
2003 Artist’s Choice: Sheryl Crow Various Artists 2
2003 Baby Party, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Bravo Christmas 3 (TCM Edition) Various Artists 1

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