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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.
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.
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).