ELTON JOHN – Sixty Years on

ELTON JOHN – Sixty Years on

ELTON JOHN – Sixty Years on



Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”/”Candle in the Wind 1997” sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is “the best-selling single of all time”. He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his “lasting impact on British culture”, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2008, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” (third overall).

Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from 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.

He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award 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 $200 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, and after gay marriage became legal in England, wed Furnish on 21 December 2014. He continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements worldwide and same-sex marriage.

Film awards
Academy Awards
1995: Best Original Song (won) for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
1995: Best Original Song (nominated) for Circle of Life from The Lion King
1995: Best Original Song (nominated) for Hakuna Matata from The Lion King
Music awards
Grammy Awards
1972: Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture (nominated) for Friends
1987: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (won) for “That’s What Friends Are For”, performed by Dionne Warwick & Friends (award shared with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
1991: Best Instrumental Composition (won) for “Basque”, performed by James Galway
1994: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
1995: Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (won) for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
1995: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (nominated) for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King
1995: Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (nominated) for Circle of Life from The Lion King
1997: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (won) for “Candle in the Wind 1997”
1999: Grammy Legend Award
2001: Best Musical Show Album (won) for Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (award shared with Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev & Chris Montan (producers), Tim Rice (lyricist) and the original Broadway cast with Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott)
2011: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (nominated) for If it Wasn’t for Bad
Theatre awards
Tony Awards
1998: Best Original Musical Score (nominated) for The Lion King (musical)
2000: Best Original Musical Score (won) for Aida (musical)
2009: Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics) (nominated) for Billy Elliot, The Musical
2010: Best Play (nominated as producer) for Next Fall

Main articles: Elton John albums discography and Elton John singles discography
Solo studio 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)
Collaborative albums
Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1986)
Duets (1993)
The Union with Leon Russell (2010)
Good Morning to the Night with Pnau (2012)
Soundtracks, scores, and theatre albums
Friends (1971)
The Lion King (1994)
Aida (1998)
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (1999)
The Muse (1999)
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Billy Elliot (2005)
Lestat (2005)
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Born to Boogie, US (1972) as himself with Marc Bolan and Ringo Starr
Tommy, UK (1975) as Pinball Wizard
Spice World, UK (1997) as himself
The Country Bears, US (2002) as himself
Elton John: Me, Myself & I (2007) autobiography as himself
Kingsman: The Secret Service, US (2015)

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