Elton John – Famous Pop superstar and Composer


Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John born Reginald Kenneth Dwight
( March 25, 1947, Pinner, Middlesex, England)
Nationality: United Kingdom
Category: Celebrities
Occupation: Singers, pianists, composers
Unique distinction: The biggest pop superstar of the early ’70s.
Genres: Rock, pop, glam rock, soft rock.
Gender: Male

Quotes: 1. Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. 2. If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. 3. I don’t have to compete in the charts. I can just be myself as a musician, a songwriter and play with the musicians that I really love. 4. I’ve only been interested in the artistic side of life. 5 I do work a lot. I mean, most of my income, I would say, comes from live performances. And then you’ve got publishing, you’ve got record royalties. 6. Don’t be afraid to let her into your heart and when your down, don’t try to carry the whole world on your shoulders. 7. You should never take more than you give.
Video: Believe
Website: eltonjohn

Achievements and contributions:

Social and professional position: British pop and rock singer, pianist, composer, actor and producer.
The main contribution to (what is known): Elton is one of the most successful British pop singers, composers and the biggest pop superstar of the early ’70s. He is known worldwide as a legendary singer and humanitarian.
Contributions: Elton John  is British pop and rock singer, pianist, composer and  producer. He is known worldwide as a popular fighter against AIDS and humanitarian.
In his career, Elton John has sold over 300 million records and has 54 Top 40 hits, making him one of the most successful musicians of all time.
His success has had a profound impact on popular music and has contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll.
Significantly that all his hits where  written with his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin.
Elton John’s fortune has been estimated at £250 million, making him one of the entertainment industry’s wealthiest figures, despite his excessive spending habits.
Achievements include: first popular Western singer to perform in USSR, 1979; playing to over 2 million people across 4 continents, 1984-86.
In 1971, he wrote musical track for the movie Friends and in 1994, he wrote and performed the songs for the Disney animated film The Lion King.
His single “Candle in the Wind 1997” devoted to his close friend Princess Dianahas sold over 37 million copies, becoming the best selling single of all time.
A prolific songwriter, he remains one of Britain’s most accomplished and acclaimed musicians and continues to be a major public figure.
Representative Albums: “Honky Chateau”, “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”, “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2”.
First Major Screen Credit: Friends” (1971).
In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Honors and Awards: In October 1975, John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has won five Grammy awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award, Best British Male Artist Brit Award 1991, inducted into Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, 1994, the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award in 1995,  CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1996,  Knighthood of the British Empire in the from Queen Elizabeth II, February 24, 1998 Grammy Award 1986-2000, Grammy Legend Award, 2001, Kennedy Center Honor, 2004, 11 Ivor Novello Awards, 1973 – 2000, the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his “lasting impact on British culture”.
Creative style: The main components of his incredible popularity and success included blending diverse pop, progressive rock, soul, disco, country and classical styles, generated energetic and impersonal melody, homogenization of electric guitar, classical piano with the sensitive orchestral and arrangements. His creative style is based on natural talent and versatility , combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, his rich tenor with its Southern accent and gospel inflections. All this is well complemented by his fashion sense, flamboyant outfits, elaborate costumes, and his trademark outrageous eyeglasses.
Major works: “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Rocket Man.” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” “Benny and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind”,” Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Career and Personal life:

Origin: Sir Elton John, originally named Reginald Kenneth Dwight, was born in 1947 in Middlesex, England , in a house belonging to his mother’s parents. His father Stanley Dwight who served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and Mother Sheila (Harris) Dwight  were musically inclined. They were keen followers of popular music and were responsible for introducing him to the likes of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley in the 1950s. They divorced in 1961, and Sheila later married to Fred Farebrother.
Education: He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and Pinner County Grammar School. He also studied for six years. in Royal Academy of Music.
Career highlights: In 1962, at the age of 15, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at a nearby pub, the Northwood Hills Hotel.
In 1962, Elton (Dwight ) and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. They were also a session musician for other artists.
In 1967 Elton’s relationship with Bernie Taupin (b. May 22, 1950, Sleaford, Lincolnshire),  began. Еhey have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
Elton wrote the music to a number of Bernie’s lyrics, posted them to him, and their long-lived partnership began there and then. He changed his name to Elton Hercules John and released his first album in 1969, “Empty Sky”.
In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early ’70s.
His thirty-first album, The Diving Board and 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night (2016) were produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Personal life: Encouraged by his mother and grandmother, Elton started to play the piano when he was four. He began taking formal piano lessons at the age of 7. He showed great musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies.
At the age of 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. where he studied for six years.
Elton was 14 when he and friends formed a band, the Corvettes, which evolved into Bluesology. With the money he made from this work, Elton bought himself his first electric piano.
A great humanitarian, John’s commitment to the fight against AIDS led to the inception of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992  (U.S. and London). It  has raised over $90 million to date making the  this Foundation one of the largest public non-profit organizations in the AIDS arena.
Coming out first as bisexualin 1976, he married (14-Feb-1984) and  divorced (18-Nov-1988) Renate Blauel (sound engineer). He subsequently stated that he was gay and has lived with his partner David Furnish (b. 25.10.1962)  (filmmaker) for a number of years. In 21-Dec-2005, the couple had a civil ceremony to legally bind their partnership.
Elton has one son: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John (b. 25-Dec-2010 by surrogate).
Zest: Changed his name legally to Elton Hercules John. (merging the names of saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry). “Hercules” – not after the hero of mythology, but after the horse named Hercules on the British sitcom. In the 1970s and 1980s, he suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and bulimia but successfully came through it. n 1997, he updated the lyrics of ‘Candle in the Wind’ for a special version mourning the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and this became the fastest selling single of all time. In 1992 he performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert. In 1997, he held a 50th birthday party, costumed as Louis XIV, for 500 friends. He is a keen football fan and became chairman and owner of the Watford Football Club in 1976. Owned from 1976 to 1987, and 1997 to 2002.
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