Elton John Biography (Wikipedia)
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 from 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. He met his longtime 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 his first hit single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US. John has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida, and Billy Elliot the Musical.
- Sir Elton John: I'm always chuffed by someone covering my songshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06c122c.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06c122c.jpg2018-06-25T10:15:00.000ZElton chats about his album Restoration, where musicians cover his best loved songs.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06c11d5
Sir Elton John: I'm always chuffed by someone covering my songs
- Where is Elton's invitation to the Royal Wedding?!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p062ppsh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p062ppsh.jpg2018-03-29T11:32:00.000ZSir Elton talks new album Revamp and why he's saying farewell to life on the road.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p062pm1j
Where is Elton's invitation to the Royal Wedding?!
- Elton John - Two Fingers of Whiskeyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556yld.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0556yld.jpg2017-06-07T13:41:00.000ZElton John and Jack White perform the song specially written by Elton and Bernie Taupin for the American Epic Sessionshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0556pkr
Elton John - Two Fingers of Whiskey
- ‘God bless you Terry’ – Elton John remembers Terry Woganhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hqccj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hqccj.jpg2016-12-07T08:00:00.000ZIn a special live session, Sir Elton John dedicates a song to his friend Sir Terry Wogan.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04hqcf0
‘God bless you Terry’ – Elton John remembers Terry Wogan
- Elton John - Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2016 Highlightshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p047jt1w.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p047jt1w.jpg2016-10-10T23:01:00.000ZThe legendary musician and Hyde Park headliner performs a hit-packed set.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p048p0kj
Elton John - Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2016 Highlights
- Elton John - The Bitch is Back (Later Archive 2004)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03tn5z6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03tn5z6.jpg2016-05-09T17:06:00.000ZElton John performs The Bitch is Back on Later... with Jools Holland in 2004https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03tn66q
Elton John - The Bitch is Back (Later Archive 2004)
- "I'll gradually phase things out" Elton John on choosing family over touringhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hfmvw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hfmvw.jpg2016-02-03T17:00:00.000ZElton John speaks to Ken Bruce about how his family is now the most important thing in his life and how work and touring will have to start taking a back seat.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03hfrgg
"I'll gradually phase things out" Elton John on choosing family over touring
- Elton John's tribute to Terry Woganhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hfrds.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hfrds.jpg2016-02-03T15:15:00.000ZElton John gives an emotional tribute to his friend Terry Wogan and dedicates a performance of Tiny Dancer in his memory.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03hffqf
Elton John's tribute to Terry Wogan
- 'Through the good times and bad times it's always been there' Elton John on music's impact on his lifehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hdq9z.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03hdq9z.jpg2016-02-03T13:07:00.000ZSir Elton John speaks to Radio 2's Ken Bruce at the BBC's Maida Vale studios about his newest album Wonderful Crazy Night.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03hf0bm
'Through the good times and bad times it's always been there' Elton John on music's impact on his life
- Birthday Message: Elton Johnhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02n10fb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02n10fb.jpg2015-03-29T15:45:00.000ZSir Elton John wishes Johnnie a Happy 70th Birthday!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02n10g5
Birthday Message: Elton John
- Sir Elton John enters the Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01fl7hq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01fl7hq.jpg2013-08-25T19:59:00.000ZJoan Riddle in Fleet, Hampshire nominates Sir Elton John for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame on Radio 2https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01fl7jl
Sir Elton John enters the Singers Hall of Fame
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