Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, born 25 March 1947, is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Elton John has worked with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. Elton John started playing the piano at the age of 3, and within a year, Elton John’s mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwell’s “The Skater’s Waltz” by ear. After performing at parties and family gatherings, at the age of 7 Elton John took up formal piano lessons. 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, playing Thursday to Sunday nights for £35 a week and tips, Known simply as “Reggie”, Elton John played a range of popular standards, including songs by Jim Reeves and Ray Charles, as well as songs Elton John had written himself.
In 1964, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. Elton John ran errands for a music publishing company; Elton John divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with Bluesology. During this period, Elton John also played on sessions for other artists including playing piano on The Hollies’ “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and singing backing vocals for The Scaffold.
“Empty Sky” is the debut album of British singer/songwriter Elton John, released on June 3, 1969. Elton John adds to the unique sound of the album by playing harpsichord on several tracks, including “Skyline Pigeon”, which Elton described in his introduction to the song on the live album “Here and There” as being “the first song Bernie and I ever got excited about that we ever wrote.” This album debuted at No: 6 on Pop Albums Charts.
“Elton John”, follow-up album, was released in the April 1970 on DJM Records/Pye Records in the UK and Uni Records in the USA, and established the formula for subsequent albums; gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads. The album soon became Elton John’s first hit album, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 album chart.
The concept album of Elton John Tumbleweed Connection was released in October 1970, and reached the Top Ten on the Billboard 200. Elton John released live album 17-11-70, 11-17-70 in the US, was recorded at a live show aired from A&R Studios on WABC-FM in New York City. Elton John released Honky Chateau, which became John’s first American number 1 album, spending five weeks at the top of the charts and spawning the hit singles “Rocket Man” and “Honky Cat”. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road gained instant critical acclaim and topped the chart on both sides of the Atlantic, remaining at Number 1 for two months. Elton John released Caribou in 1974, and although it reached number 1, it was widely considered a lesser quality album.
In the 1975, Elton John’s autobiographical album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, revealed his previously ambiguous personality, with Taupin’s lyrics describing their early days as struggling songwriters and musicians in London. Elton John highest-charting release since 1976′s Blue Moves. In 1995 Elton John released Made in England, which featured the hit single “Believe”. Also, a compilation called Love Songs was released the following year.
Elton John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding contributions to Disney’s films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by The Walt Disney Company. In March 2007 Elton John performed at Madison Square Garden for a record breaking 60th time for his 60th birthday, the concert was broadcast live and a DVD recording was released as Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden; a greatest-hits compilation CD, Rocket Man – Number Ones, was released in 17 different versions worldwide, including a CD/DVD combo; and Elton John’s back catalogue – almost 500 songs from 32 albums – became available for legal download. In October 2003, Elton John announced that he had signed an exclusive agreement to perform 75 shows over three years at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. On 6 June 2010, Elton John performed at the fourth wedding of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for a reported US$1 million fee. Elton John’s latest studio album is entitled The Union and was released on 19 October 2010.
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