Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947)is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four of which reached number two and nine of which reached number one. 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 produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987, and 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary Life President of the club.

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 long term musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1969, John's debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970, John's first hit single "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US. John has also achieved success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida, and Billy Elliot the Musical.

John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th 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, making him third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna.He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was knighted 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.

John has been 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 Awards 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; they married after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2014.

Presented with France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, in 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron called John a "melodic genius", and praised his work on behalf of the LGBT community. In 2018, John embarked on a three-year farewell tour.

Top Tracks

Your Song 1

Your Song

Tiny Dancer 2

Tiny Dancer

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 3

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Crocodile Rock 4

Crocodile Rock

Candle in the Wind 5

Candle in the Wind

Can You Feel the Love Tonight 6

Can You Feel the Love Tonight

I'm Still Standing 7

I'm Still Standing

Bennie and the Jets 8

Bennie and the Jets

Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time) 9

Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)

Step Into Christmas 10

Step Into Christmas

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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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Madman Across The Water
Madman Across The Water
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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