Working in a band called Bluesology throughout the mid to late 1960s, his first international hits came in 1971 on his second album, a self-titled release, including Your Song. The lyrics, then and since, were written by chief collaborator Bernie Taupin.
He went on to be one of the 1970s most successful recording artists, with globally-successful singles including Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and, notably Candle In The Wind (a song about Marilyn Monroe) and the equally well-known B-Side Bennie And The Jets.
His 1980s hits included Nikita, Sad Songs, and I'm Still Standing, amongst others, most featuring his distinctive piano playing.
In 1997, he updated the lyrics of Candle In The Wind for a special version mourning the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
He continues to release new material to commercial success and tours extensively, despite the receiving a pacemaker.
Elton has had a chequered personal history. Coming out first as bisexual in 1980, he married (1984) and quickly divorced (1988) Renate Blauel. He subsequently stated that he was homosexual. He has occasionally battled addictions to cocaine and financial difficulties caused by his profligate spending.
Elton has long been associated with AIDS charities after the death of his friend Ryan White, raising large amounts of money and using his public profile to attract attention to the disease.
Elton John Facts
|Reginald Kenneth Dwight
|March 25, 1947 (76)
|Pinner, England, United Kingdom
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