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Elton John        

British Singer-Songwriter Known for "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer" & "Your Song;" Subject of 2019 Biopic "Rocketman"

Elton John is a British singer-songwriter known for songs such as “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song.” First coming to prominence in the 1970s, John has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, collaborating on over 30 albums.

Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967. John famously was able to recreate any melody he heard by ear on the piano. He attended the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship for six years, starting at age 11, but dropped out shortly before graduation to pursue a career in rock music.

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.”

John has received multiple Grammy Awards and Brit Awards, as well as a Disney Legends Award and a 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, and third overall, behind the Beatles and Madonna. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and 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 he began hosting his 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 £300 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.

In 2018, John embarked on his farewell tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” The tour, which began in Allentown, Pennsylvania, included more than 300 stops all over the world. A biopic about John's life from his childhood through the 1980s, Rocketman, was produced by Paramount Pictures and released in May 2019. It was directed by Dexter Fletcher, who directed Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about John's close friend Freddie Mercury, and stars Taron Egerton as John. John and Egerton performed a new song written for Rocketman, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," which premiered on BBC Radio 2 in 2019. In October 2019, John released his first official autobiography, “Me.” As part of his farewell tour, in June 2019, John was presented with France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Macron called John a "melodic genius" and praised him for being one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.

John won an Oscar Award for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman.

John has had epilepsy since the 1980s. It is thought that his severe drug use at the time, particularly of cocaine, triggered the seizures.

In his younger years, John battled bulimia, as well as an eating disorder which consisted of chewing and spitting. He checked himself into a rehabilitation center for cocaine addiction and bulimia in 1990.

News


Elton John Hits the Road With the Hits | Music News | Rolling Stone

For a minute there, Elton John was worried. I'm freaking out up here, he said midway through his tour-opening set on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Elton John, Michael Stipe Defend Transgender Prisoners' Rights ...

Elton John and Michael Stipe have released a joint statement in support of transgender prisoners in the state of Georgia, following harrowing reports about the ...

Elton John AIDS Foundation Marks Global Parents Day

To mark Global Parents Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation joined forces with a representative of the US government at a private event on Monday 1 June celebrating their combined achievements in saving the lives of millions of women and babies infected with HIV.

Elton John To Bring Charity Tennis To Las Vegas

On Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Raises $3.3 Million At Enduring Vision Benefit Gala

On Monday, November 2, 2015, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) raised more than 3.3 million at its 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and awareness programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

Elton John Pledges Support On Wedding Anniversary - Look to the ...

Elton John and David Furnish have celebrated their first wedding anniversary with ... Stars Sign Letter Urging Leaders To Tackle Poverty By Addressing Gender ...

Elton John AIDS Foundation Launches HIV Testing In King's College Hospital

The result of an on going partnership between the Elton John AIDS Foundation and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the programme aims to significantly decrease late diagnosis rates in Lambeth and Southwark, areas currently recognised as having the highest HIV prevalence rates in the UK...

Elton John and Desmond Tutu Pen Op-Ed On Making AIDS History

Elton John and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu penned an op-ed published on CNN.com about the United Nations’ 2016 High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to be held this month. In the article, they urge global leaders to actively engage in this important meeting and secure an agreement that will bring about the end of the AIDS epidemic worldwide by 2030...

Sir Elton John Visits Moscow

Elton John made a heartfelt message from the stage at his concert last month in Moscow.

“So wonderful to be back in Moscow on such a beautiful evening!” said Sir Elton, who first performed in Russia in 1979. "I always feel so welcome when I come here – thank you!

“As some of you may know, I had hoped to meet with President Putin on this trip. Although it wasn’t possible, I’m deeply grateful to him for inviting me to discuss some serious issues in Russia, including LGBT rights and HIV. I very much hope we will find the time to meet in the future.”

Elton John's Good Heart Boosts Love Bravery Range

The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation have launched a new website – www.lovebravery.com – to promote love and compassion...

Tennis Stars To Join Elton John For 2016 World TeamTennis Smash Hits

On Monday, October 10, 2016, tennis stars Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King...

Watch Elton John's Emotional Performance in Honor of George ...

Elton John paid tribute to his longtime friend George Michael last night. ... John also spoke to the crowd through his tears about how close he was to the former ...

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