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Elton John

Singer Elton John
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Full Name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Profession: Singer


Biography: In his five-decade career he has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than 50 "Top 40" hits, including 58 "Billboard Top 40" singles.

He has received 6 Grammy Awards, 5 Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award.

Born: March 25, 1947
Birthplace: Pinner, Middlesex, England
Age: 74 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

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Married Life

  • 1984-02-14 British singer Elton John (36) marries Renate Blauel at Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia; divorce in 1988
  • 2014-12-21 British pop piano player and singer Elton John (67) marries Canadian filmmaker David Furnish (51)

Historical Events

  • 1970-08-25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Troubador - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
  • 1970-11-17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album
  • 1972-07-15 "Honky Chateau" becomes Elton John's first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit "Rocket Man"
  • 1973-10-05 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released
  • 1974-09-23 John Lennon's single "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night", featuring Elton John, released in US; it was Lennon's only solo No. 1 single during his lifetime
  • 1974-11-08 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released
  • 1975-03-26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured
  • 1975-06-21 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play to 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1975-10-21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood
  • 1977-01-31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win
  • 1977-10-01 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame
  • 1979-05-01 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights
  • 1979-05-20 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR
  • 1979-09-27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater
  • 1988-10-22 Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden, NYC, for a record 26th time
  • 1990-04-07 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others
  • 1993-11-04 Elton John awarded $518,700 from Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet
  • 1994-01-19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis
  • 1997-09-13 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the UK
  • 1997-09-13 "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" single is released in the UK by Elton John
  • 1997-09-22 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US
  • 1998-02-24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London
  • 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.
  • 2012-02-05 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI
  • 2019-03-31 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death
  • 2019-05-16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

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