Elton John

Born 25 March 1947.
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his five-decade career 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, fifty-eight Billboard Top 40 singles, twenty-seven 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. He has the most No. 1 hits on US Adult Contemporary Chart (16 No. 1's). His single "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is "the best-selling single of all time". He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend 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 2008, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (third overall).

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  1. Review of Classic Album Selection (1970-73)

    Classic Album Selection (1970-73) 2012

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    Five albums from what might be Elton’s most richly rewarding period.
  2. Review of Good Morning to the Night

    Good Morning to the Night 2012

    Reviewed by Kate Hutchinson
    Bespectacled pop bigwig takes a chance on nu-disco underdogs, with dazzling results.
  3. Review of Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

    Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    On the whole this is as solid a compilation as anyone who lacks a bit of Sir E in...
  4. Review of The Captain And The Kid

    The Captain And The Kid 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    It's the sound of the Captain and the Kid, stepping in the ring again...
  5. Review of Peachtree Road

    Peachtree Road 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Carter
    'Peachtree Road' offers the listener a harmless insight into the life of an artist...
  6. Review of Songs From the West Coast

    Songs From the West Coast 2001

    Reviewed by David Quantick
    An album of quality that nobody thought could have happened.
  7. Review of Too Low for Zero

    Too Low for Zero 1983

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    Thoroughly entertaining throughout, and the return to form Elton John required.
  8. Review of Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

    Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 1975

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Rarely receives due credit as John’s finest work by a distance.
  9. Review of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Winningly grandiose in places, but it’d have been better as a single LP.
  10. Review of Honky Château

    Honky Château 1972

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    The singer finds the balance between camp pop-rock and gushing ballads.
  11. Review of Tumbleweed Connection

    Tumbleweed Connection 1970

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    A crafted, often impassioned work from a pre-pop-chopped Elton and Bernie.
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