Elton John

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Elton John

Born

3/25/1947, Pinner, London

Birth Name

Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Sir Elton John CBE, Sir Elton John
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Biography

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Bursting onto the scene in the early 1970s with his flashy clothes, oversized glasses and a seemingly endless string of hit songs, Elton John has become an unforgettable icon of the music industry and a staunch humanitarian. The man who would come to be known as Elton John…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On June 5 2010, Sir Elton John performed at the wedding of ultra right-wing conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and his fourth wife, Kathryn Rogers.

    • In the fall of 2009, Elton John was forced to cancel several European tour dates and postpone some American ones after he came down with a bad case of the flu and e-coli.

    • In September of 2009, Elton John and his partner David Furnish announced that they would like to adopt a 14-month-old boy called Lev that they met when the Sir Elton was performing at an orphanage in the Ukraine. However, due to the adoption laws in the Ukraine, the pair were refused.

    • The Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France and the Ritz in Paris, France both have luxury suites named after Elton John.

    • Elton John has long considered Rufus Wainwright to be one of the greatest songwriters he had ever worked with.

    • When his "Face to Face" tour with Billy Joel played in Oakland California, Elton's piano collapsed in the middle of the show. It had to be replaced mid-show.

    • When Michael Jackson passed away suddenly on June 25 2009, Sir Elton played a special version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" at the White Tie and Tiara Ball charity fundraiser the following day in his friend's honor.

    • On May 15 2009, Sir Elton John was honoured for his contribution to musical theatre at the Annual Drama League Awards in New York for his work on hit stage shows including Aida, The Lion King and Billy Elliot: The Musical.

    • When Eminem wanted to break his addiction to drugs, Elton was the first person he called for counselling and help.

    • Elton John's "Rocket Pictures" is set to produce Pride and Predator, an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice crossed with Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator.

    • Sir Elton John has produced his own unique style of Apple iPod called the "Starburst". Designed exclusively for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a percentage of the profits from the sales of the Swarovski crystal encrusted iPods will go to charity and will benefit many HIV/AIDS programmes across 15 countries and 4 continents funded by EJAF, a non-profit organisation founded by Elton John in 1993.

    • It had been proposed in his hometown of Pinner in Middlesex, England that the street Elton John was born on be named after him, but the citizens voted the measure down 60% to 39%.

    • In December 2008, a London High Court ruled against Sir Elton John in his defamation case against Marina Hyde and The Guardian. He had claimed that the spoof column satirizing his charity work was a personal attack on him by the news magazine. The judge in the case disagreed.

      The article poked fun at Sir Elton and joked that he held events such as the White Tie Ball for self-promotion and to meet celebrities and not to raise serious funds.

      In the spoof, Sir Elton recounts singing Happy Birthday to former South African President Nelson Mandela, "I love you, you adorable, apartheid-fighting teddy bear."

    • In 2008, Ben and Jerry's released a limited edition new flavor of ice cream to honor Elton. The ice cream contained chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks, to honor Elton's visit to Vermont - the location of the Ben and Jerry company founders.

    • The reworked verion of "Candle in the Wind" titled "Goodbye England's Rose", released in tribute to the late Princess Diana, remains the highest-selling single in history. More than 33 million copies were sold around the world.

    • Elton owns a Cocker Spaniel named Arthur. In the civil-partnership ceremony of Elton and Davide Furnish at the Windsor's Guildhall, they were told that pets were not allowed in the premises. They made Arthur the "Best Man" to allow the dog to attend.

    • When Elton began to seriously consider a career in music, his father tried to steer him toward a more conventional career such as banking. Elton has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood.

    • At the age of 15, with the help of mother Sheila and stepfather "Derf," Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at the nearby Northwood Hills pub, playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. He played everything from Jim Reeves country songs ("He'll Have to Go") to Irish folk numbers ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"), decades-old ditties ("Beer Barrel Polka"), hits of the day ("King of the Road"), and songs he had written himself. He received a modest, steady income and substantial tips. "During that whole period, I don't think I ever missed a gig," he said later. A stint with a short-lived group called the Corvettes rounded out his time.

    • Elton had asked Robbie Williams to perform at his 60th birthday party at Madison Square Garden in 2007. It was be the 60th time he had performed at the venue. During the celebration, Robbie performed You Can Leave Your Hat On and offered to perform a striptease while performing the song.

    • His first hit single Your Song is ranked #70 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    • Sir Elton John had filed a legal action in the US state of Georgia, claiming tax authorities overvalued his penthouse in Atlanta. The property had been valued at $6.3 million.

    • Elton and life partner David Furnish registered their civil partnership at Windsor Town Hall on December 21, 2005, the first day that civil unions were legal in England and Wales. The ceremony was performed by Registrar Clair Williams, who also presided over the union between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

    • In 1999, he underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker to correct an irregular heartbeat.

    • A passionate tennis enthusiast, Elton wrote the song "Philadelphia Freedom" in tribute to longtime friend, Billie Jean King.

    • The chic French restaurant "Le Dome", of which Elton John was a part owner, closed its doors in 2007.

    • John Lennon asked Elton to be the godfather to his son, Sean.

    • In 1982, Elton wrote and recorded the song "Empty Garden" in honor of his friend, John Lennon, who had been murdered less than two years earlier. He performed the tribute at a sold-out Madison Square Garden show in August 1982 and was joined on stage by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.

    • Some of his proudest accomplishment in his life was overcoming drug abuse, alcoholism and bulimia.

    • During his first year of eligibility (25 years since releasing his debut album), Elton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

    • In 1979, Elton John was one of the first Western entertainers to perform in the USSR and in Israel.

    • Rod Stewart was responsible for giving Elton the nickname "Sharon". Many of Elton's friends now use the nickname when talking to him and amongst themselves.

    • In a move to break the misconception that rapper Eminem was homophobic, Elton performed the song "Stan" in a duet with Eminem at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

  • Quotes

    • Sir Elton John: Surprisingly, it seems to be a very apathetic age in America. You know, during Vietnam I played Kent State University, shortly after the shootings and subsequent riots there in 1970. People were taking to the streets. With the war in Iraq and all that's gone on with it, that's not happening--yet. I don't know why.

    • Sir Elton John: (on Prime Minister John Howard's views on gay marriage) Up Yours!

    • Sir Elton John: I'm the Connie Francis of rock 'n' roll.

    • Sir Elton John: I have a much better relationship with the press than I did, I think because I stood my ground.

    • Sir Elton John: I have a lot of money stashed away, but I do live my life from day to day.

    • Sir Elton John: I do like Britney Spears. I think she's cute. I think she's fun. And I like her records. You know, I'm not a pop snob what-so-ever. I think she makes great pop records.

    • Sir Elton John: I always liked spending my money, even when I was a kid, when I had a paper round - or paper route, as they call it over here.

    • Sir Elton John: Those three words - "I need help": if only I'd said them earlier. But actually, my drug addiction thing, I was so stubborn, because, I figured that because I was a successful man, I was wealthy, I was, you know, seemingly intelligent - even that I am not intelligent enough to ask for help.

    • Sir Elton John: We're seeing an incredibly big rise amongst young gay people, young heterosexual people as far as catching HIV, which is, you know, in an educated country like this or in Britain....it's frightening.

    • Sir Elton John: That wasn't a problem, coming out of the closet, at all. My parents accepted it. I had, you know, I was very lucky in that respect.

    • Sir Elton John: I couldn't wait to change my name anyway, because I'm not too fond of the name of Reginald. It's a very kind of '50s English name.

    • Sir Elton John: An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Legendary

    9.0
    He jams out on the piano... And his voice is unique. It is always extra fun to see him perform.
  • The Rocket Man always launches into the statosphere!

    9.0
    To those of you who have never experienced an Elton John concert in person, you'll probably bankrupt yourselves if you try to go now.



    But what a way to go broke!!!



    On stage, Sir Elton John is quite possibly one of the most talented and energetic performers in modern history. His nearly four decade long career, he has one of the most impressive collection of hits anyone could ever ask for. From the ripping beat of "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" to tear jerking ballads like "Candle in the Wind" and "Daniel", he truly has no equal among contemporary artists.



    He is truly a unique performer whose ilk will only rear their head once (perhaps twice) in a generation.moreless
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