Elton John Biography
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947, is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He was born in Pinner, Middlesex United Kingdom.
Elton John Age
He was born on 25th March 1947.
Elton John Family
Born in Pinner, Middlesex, elton is eldest child of Stanley Dwight and only child of Sheila Eileen and was raised in a council house by his maternal grandparents, in Pinner. His parents married in 1945, when the family moved to a nearby semi-detached house. He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and Pinner County Grammar School, until the age of 17, when he left just prior to his A-Level examinations to pursue a career in the music industry.
Elton John Husband
John married his longtime partner David Furnish in a civil ceremony on December 21, 2005 — the same day the Civil Partnership Act 2004 went into effect. With the help of a surrogate, the couple welcomed their first son, Zachary Furnish-John, in December 2010, and welcomed their second child, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, in January 2013. Nine years after their civil ceremony, on December 21, 2014, the couple wed after laws allowing gay marriage took effect the same year in Britain. John was previously married to Renate Blauel from 1984 to 1988.
Elton John Career
Elton excelled in music from a young age, and released his first self-titled American album in 1970, making him a huge international star. Some of his most famous hits include “Crocodile Rock,” “Philadelphia Freedom” and “Candle in the Wind.” He also found success on Broadway, composing the score for Billy Elliot (2008), which went on to win 10 Tony Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and was knighted in 1998.
Leaning toward pop after discovering rhythm and blues, he joined Bluesology, later John Baldry’s backing band, in the mid-1960s. He met his major songwriting collaborator, Bernie Taupin after both responded to an advertisement in a trade magazine, and his first British recording success was with “Lady Samantha” in 1968. His first American album, Elton John, was released in 1970 and immediately established him as a major international star.
John throughout his career demonstrated a supreme talent for assimilating and blending diverse pop and rock styles into a propulsive, streamlined sound that was extroverted, energetic, and somewhat impersonal. His recordings were among the first to homogenize electric guitar and acoustic piano with synthesized instrumentation. His vocal style, with its Southern accent and gospel inflections, was strongly American-influenced, as was his pianism, an ornate, gospel-flavoured elaboration of the stylings of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. His first American hit, “Your Song,” in 1970, was a love ballad that combined the introspective mood of the era’s singer-songwriters with a more traditional pop craftsmanship. John’s early 1970s recordings paid homage to country rock and folk rock models such as the Band and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
John was one of the world’s best-selling pop performers by 1973 . His typical compositions, written with Taupin, were affectionate parodies and pastiches of everything from the Rolling Stones (“The Bitch Is Back” ) to Frank Sinatra ballads (“Blue Eyes” ) to 1950s rock and roll (“Crocodile Rock” ) to Philadelphia soul (“Philadelphia Freedom” ). He also demonstrated deeper musical ambitions in longer works such as “Burn Down the Mission” on Tumbleweed Connection (1971) and “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973).
Beginning in 1976 with the album Blue Moves, his rock influences became less pronounced, and a more churchlike English pop style emerged in ballads like “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (1976), which typified the staid declamatory aura of his mature ballads. In the late 1970s and ’80s, as he experimented with other collaborators, his music lost some of its freshness and his popularity dipped a bit, but he remained an extremely popular mainstream entertainer who brought into the pop arena an old-fashioned gaudily costumed flamboyance reminiscent of the Las Vegas piano legend Liberace.
In the 1990s John was the first male pop star to declare his homosexuality, suffering no noticeable career damage. With lyricist Tim Rice he also wrote songs for the film The Lion King (1994), which was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1997. The same year, a new version of his 1973 song “Candle in the Wind,” revised by Taupin to mourn the death of Diana, princess of Wales, became the most successful pop single in history, selling more than 30 million copies.
In 1998 John reteamed with Rice to write the stage musical Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida (revised in 1999 as Aida), a loose adaptation of the Giuseppe Verdi opera. In 2005 he and Taupin cowrote the musical Lestat , based on a series of novels by Anne Rice, and he also composed the score for Billy Elliot, a stage adaptation of the popular film. The latter musical premiered on London’s West End in 2005 and made its Broadway debut in 2008. The following year it won 10 Tony Awards, including best musical. From 2003 to 2009 John had an open engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The show, titled Elton John and the Red Piano, was a multimedia retrospective of his career, with visuals provided by photographer David LaChapelle. He began a second Las Vegas residency, entitled The Million Dollar Piano, in 2011.
John continued to release recordings into the 21st century, including Peachtree Road (2004), The Union (2010; a duet album with Leon Russell), and Wonderful Crazy Night (2016). He also contributed sound tracks to the animated movies The Road to El Dorado (2000) and Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). In 2018 John embarked on what he announced as his final tour, dubbed Farewell Yellow Brick Road and scheduled to last three years.
Elton John Albums
- Empty Sky (1969)
- Elton John (1970)
- Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
- Madman Across the Water (1971)
- Honky Château (1972)
- Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player (1973)
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
- Caribou (1974)
- Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
- Rock of the Westies (1975)
- Blue Moves (1976)
- A Single Man (1978)
- Victim of Love (1979)
- 21 at 33 (1980)
- The Fox (1981)
- Jump Up! (1982)
- Too Low for Zero (1983)
- Breaking Hearts (1984)
- Ice on Fire (1985)
- Leather Jackets (1986)
- Reg Strikes Back (1988)
- Sleeping with the Past (1989)
- The One (1992)
- Made in England (1995)
- The Big Picture (1997)
- Songs from the West Coast (2001)
- Peachtree Road (2004)
- The Captain & the Kid (2006)
- The Diving Board (2013)
- Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
Elton John Songs
- Rocket Man
- Tiny Dancer
- I’m Still Standing
- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues
- Bennie & The Jets
- Candle in the Wind
- Circle of Life
- Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
- Sad Songs
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight
- Your Song
- Skyline Pigeon
- Crocodile Rock
- Are You Ready for Love
- The Greatest Discovery
- Pinball Wizard
- Healing Hands
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
- I Want Love
- You Gotta Love Someone
- Billy Elliot: Electricity
- Bohemian Rhapsody.
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Elton John Plays First Show On Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Updated On: 9th September 2018
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will end in 2021 with Sir Elton expected to play 300 shows on the tour. “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” John said in a statement. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour.”
Sir Elton dedicated his classic ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ to rapper Mac Miller who died of a drug overdose at age 26 yesterday.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to Mac Miller,” USA Today reports he told his fans. “Unbelievably, 26 years of age, and passed away yesterday. It’s inconceivable that someone so young, and with so much talent, could do that. And I just would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now.”
Elton starts the show solo before introducing the band for the rock and roll element.
It’s a shorter set that he did last in Australia but then again maybe he is pacing himself for the four year run.
Bennie and the Jets (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
All the Girls Love Alice (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
Tiny Dancer (from Madman Across The Water, 1971)
Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) (from Honky Chateau, 1972)
Someone Saved My Life Tonight (from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 1975)
Philadelphia Freedom (single, 1975)
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Candle in the Wind (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (from Caribou, 1974)
Rock & Roll
The Bitch Is Back (from Caribou, 1974)
Burn Down the Mission (from Tumbleweed Connection, 1970)
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)
I’m Still Standing (from Too Low For Zero, 1983)
Crocodile Rock (from Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, 1973)