Elton John Wikipedia. Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE born Reginald Kenneth Dwight 2. March 1. 94. 7,123 is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1. In his five decade career Elton John has sold more than 3. He has more than fifty Top 4. No. 1 US albums, 5. The cover curse is normally a Madden thing, but this year its struck the Pro Evolution Soccer series before its 2017 game is even out, with Brazilian superstar. Rolling Stones News TourStart 2017 September 12 in Munich News, Articles, Facts and Plans concerning their music, tour, gigs and gossip photos and links. Heres a good joke thats becoming more accurate every day The NFL is truly fortunate that its coming off one of the most dramatic Super Bowls ever. Had that. Billboard Top 4. Hard Knocks Stream Reddit. Top 1. 0, four No. No. 1. For 3. 1 consecutive years 1. Billboard Hot 1. 00. His tribute single, re penned in dedication to the late Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1. UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford Football Club from 1. He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2. Friday, November 17, 8pm, 43 They defined a generation with hits like Time for Me To Fly, Take It On The Run, Cant Fight This Feeling, Roll. Find the latest sports news and articles on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA college football, NCAA college basketball and more at ABC News. AOL Radio is powered by humans Great radio is all about unexpected connectionsthe kind that an algorithm cant predict. Pick any station in any of the 30 genres. Music/v4/a3/7a/ea/a37aea00-a054-44a5-28c8-6173adbdb685/source/1200x630bb.jpg' alt='The Guess Who Greatest Hits Zip' title='The Guess Who Greatest Hits Zip' />Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1. Bluesology. John met his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, in 1. For two years they wrote songs for other artists, including Lulu, and John also worked as a session musician for artists such as the Hollies and the Scaffold. In 1. 96. 9 his debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1. 97. 0 a single, Your Song, from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US, his first hit single. After decades of commercial chart success, John has also achieved success in musical theatre, both in the West End and on Broadway, composing the music for The Lion King film and musical, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. He has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2. British culture, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2. In 2. 00. 4, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 4. In 2. 01. 3, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 1. Top All Time Artists third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1. Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Order of the British Empire in 1. John was made a Knight Bachelor by Elizabeth II for services to music and charitable services in 1. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1. Party at the Palace in 2. Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1. In 1. 99. 2, 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 US2. John, who announced he was bisexual in 1. David Furnish on 2. December 2. 00. 5, and after same sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2. Furnish on 2. 1 December 2. Life and career. Early life. Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 2. March 1. 94. 7, in Pinner, Middlesex, the eldest child of Stanley Dwight and only child of Sheila Eileen ne Harris,1. Pinner. His parents did not marry until he was six years old, 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 1. A Level examinations to pursue a career in the music industry. When he began to seriously consider a career in music, Elton Johns father, who served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, tried to steer him toward a more conventional career, such as banking. John has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood. Both of Johns parents were musically inclined, his father having been a trumpet player with the Bob Millar Band, a semi professional big band that played at military dances. The Dwights were keen record buyers, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, and John remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley His Comets in 1. Elton John started playing the piano at the age of three, and within a year, his mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwells The Skaters Waltz by ear. After performing at parties and family gatherings, at the age of 7 he took up formal piano lessons. He showed musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies, and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At the age of 1. 1, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. According to one of his instructors, John promptly played back, like a gramophone record, a four page piece by Handel that he heard for the first time. For the next five years, he attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, and has stated that he enjoyed playing Chopin and Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, but that he was not otherwise a diligent classical student. I kind of resented going to the Academy, he says. I was one of those children who could just about get away without practising and still pass, scrape through the grades. He even claims that he would sometimes skip classes and just ride around on the Tube. However, several instructors have testified that he was a model student, and during the last few years, he was taking lessons from a private tutor in addition to his classes at the Academy. Elton Johns mother, though also strict with her son, was more vivacious than her husband, and something of a free spirit. With Stanley Dwight uninterested in his son and often physically absent, John was raised primarily by his mother and maternal grandmother. When his father was home, the Dwights would have terrible arguments that greatly distressed their son. When John was 1. 4, they divorced. His mother then married a local painter, Fred Farebrother, a caring and supportive stepfather whom John affectionately referred to as Derf, his first name in reverse. They moved into flat No. A in an eight unit apartment building called Frome Court, not far from both previous homes. It was there that John wrote the songs that launched his career as a rock star he lived there until he had four albums simultaneously in the American Top 4. Pub pianist to staff songwriter 1. At the age of 1. 5, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at a nearby pub, the Northwood Hills Hotel, playing Thursday to Sunday nights. Known simply as Reggie, he played a range of popular standards, including songs by Jim Reeves and Ray Charles, as well as songs he had written himself. A stint with a short lived group called the Corvettes rounded out his time. In 1. 96. 2, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. By day, he ran errands for a music publishing company he divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with Bluesology. By the mid 1. 96. Bluesology was backing touring American soul and R B musicians like the Isley Brothers, Major Lance and Patti La. Belle and the Bluebelles. In 1. 96. 6, the band became musician Long John Baldrys supporting band, and played 1. Marquee Club. 2. 8.