Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 Mairch 1947), is an Inglis rock sangster-sangwriter, componer, pianist an occasional actor. He haes wirked wi lyricist Bernie Taupin as his sangwriter pairtner syne 1967; thay hae collaboratit on mair nor 30 albums tae date.

Sir Elton John
CBE, Hon DMus, Hon RAM
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Elton John attendin the premiere o
The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth nameReginald Kenneth Dwight
Born (1947-03-25) 25 Mairch 1947 (age 74)
Pinner, Middlesex, Ingland
GenresRock, pop rock, glam rock, soft rock, R&B
ThriftMuisicker, sangster-sangwriter, record producer, componer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keybuirds, guitar
Years active1964–present
LabelsDJM, Uni, MCA,
Geffen, The Rocket Record Company/Island,
Universal, Interscope, Mercury,
Associate actsBernie Taupin, Tim Rice, John Lennon,
Yoko Ono, Kiki Dee, Billy Joel,
George Michael, Eminem, Gladys Knight,
Stevie Wonder, Anastacia, Dionne Warwick,
Neil Sedaka

In his fower-decade career John haes sauld mair nor 250 million records, makin him ane o the maist successfu airtists o aw time.[1] His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" haes sauld ower 33 million copies warldwide, an is the best sellin single in the history o the UK Singles Chart an the US Billboard Het 100.[2][3] He haes mair nor 50 Tap 40 hits, includin seiven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Tap 40 singles, 16 Tap 10, fower No. 2 hits, an nine No. 1 hits. He heas wan sax Grammy Awairds, fower Brit Awairds, an Academy Awaird, a Golden Globe Awaird an a Tony Awaird. In 2004, Rolling Stone rankit him Nummer 49 on its leet o the 100 greatest airtists o aw time.[4]

John wis inductit intae the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.[5] Haein been namit a Commander o the Order o the Breetish Empire in 1996, John received a knichtheid frae Queen Elizabeth II for "services tae muisic an charitable services" in 1998.[6] John haes performed at a nummer o ryal events, sic as the funeral o Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, an the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert ootside Buckingham Palace in 2012.[7][8]

He haes been hivily involvit in the fecht against AIDS syne the late 1980s.[9] In 1992, he establisht the Elton John AIDS Foundation an a year later began hostin the annual Academy Awaird Pairty, which haes syne acome ane o the heichest-profile Oscar pairties in the Hollywood film industrie. Syne its inception, the foundation haes raised ower $200 million.[10]

John entered intae a ceevil partnership wi David Furnish on 21 Dizember 2005 an continues tae be a champion for LGBT social muivements. In 2008, Billboard magazine rankit him as the maist successfu male solo airtist on "The Billboard Het 100 Tap Aw-Time Airtists" (third oweraw, ahint anerly The Beatles an Madonna).[11]


Solo studio albums
Collaborative albums
Soondtracks, scores & theatre albums

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  1. "Elton John News on Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 25 Februar 2009.
  2. BBC – Press Office: Elton John tops million sellers chart BBC Radio 2 The Official Charts Company
  3. "The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century". RIAA. Retrieved 2 Februar 2010.
  4. "The Immortals: The First Fifty". Rolling Stone Issue 946.
  5. "Elton John: inducted in 1994 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". 25 Mairch 1947. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  6. "About: All About Elton: Bio". Elton John. Archived frae the original on 15 Julie 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  7. 'Thanks for making us all so proud to be British': Prince Charles pays moving and personal tribute to 'Mummy' the Queen at spectacular Buckingham Palace Diamond Jubilee Concert. Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 June 2012
  8. "Elton John performs Candle in the Wind at Princess Diana's funeral". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2012
  9. "Elton John AIDS Foundation". Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  10. "Elton John on his idol, Leon Russell". Reuters. Retrieved 30 May 2012
  11. "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved 1 October 2009.

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