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Elton John Biography

Birth Name:
Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Birth Place:
Pinner, England
Singer, musician, composer, music producer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London at age 11; dropped out in 1964 to pursue a music career
  • In 1971, he became the first artist since the Beatles to have four albums on Billboard's top-10 chart simultaneously; starting with 1972's Honky Chateau, he released seven consecutive albums that went to No
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  • Made his film acting debut in 1975's Tommy
  • Formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992; since then, profits from his singles have gone to the foundation
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994
  • In 1997, his remake of "Candle in the Wind" in honor of the late Princess Diana became the biggest selling single of all time
  • Collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on five songs for the soundtrack of Disney's animated The Lion King (1994), which sold over 7 million copies
  • The movie was subsequently turned into a Tony-winning musical that debuted on Broadway in 1997
  • Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998
  • Was so moved by the 2000 film Billy Elliott that he agreed to score the stage adaptation; Billy Elliott the Musical had its Broadway debut in 2008
  • Recruited his idol Leon Russell for their album The Union (2010); Cameron Crowe filmed the musical collaboration for the documentary, The Union, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011
  • Teamed with Lady Gaga for "Hello, Hello," the theme to his animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet (2011); later asked her to be godmother to his son Zachary


  • 2020Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2019Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): winner
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated


  • Linda Woodrow -- Ex-fiancée
  • Hugh Williams -- Ex-significant Other
  • John Reid -- Ex-significant Other
  • John Scott -- Ex-significant Other
  • Renate Blauel -- Ex-wife
  • Stanley Dwight -- Father
  • Damian Hurley -- Godchild
  • Romeo Beckham -- Godchild
  • Sheila Farebrother -- Mother
  • Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John -- Son
  • Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John -- Son
  • Fred Farebrother -- Stepfather