Elton John Part One
Today, I’m doing Elton John Part One, however, I don’t know why I haven’t done him before. For all you, who search my website, I’ll try to do some more blogs of him this week, so please come often.
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has collaborated with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have worked together on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the world‘s best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, in addition to seven consecutive number-one albums in the USA, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four of which peaked at number two as well as nine of which reached number one. His tribute single “Candle in the Wind 1997“, rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and also is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has additionally produced records and sometimes acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 as well as from 1997 to 2002, and also is an honorary Life President of the club.
John at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Reginald Kenneth Dwight
25 March 1947 (age 72).
Pinner, Middlesex, England.
Singer songwriter pianist composer.
( m. 1984; div. 1988).
( m. 2014).
Rock pop rock glam rock soft rock.
Vocals piano keyboards.
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Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, as well as by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967. He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both responded to an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for bands including the Hollies as well as the Scaffold. In 1969, John‘s debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970, his first hit single, “Your Song“, from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and also the US. John has also had success in musical films and theater, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida as well as Billy Elliot the Musical.
John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award, and also the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on it’s list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him one of the most successful male solo musician on the Billboard Hot100 Top All-Time Artists, and third overall, behind The Beatles and Madonna. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and also is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was knighted by Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services“ in 1998. John has actually performed at a variety of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 as well as the Queen‘s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.
John has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and also a year later he started hosting his annual Academy Awards Party, which has since turned into one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its beginning, the foundation has raised over ₤ 300million. John, that announced he was bisexual in 1976 and has been openly gay since 1988, became part of a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005; they married after same-sex marriage became legal in England as well as Wales in 2014. Presenting John with France‘s highest civilian award, the Legion d’honneur, in 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron called him a “melodic genius“ and praised his work on behalf of the LGBT community. In 2018, John started a three-year farewell tour.
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, the eldest of Stanley Dwight (1925— 1991) as well as only child of Sheila Eileen (née Harris; 1925— 2017), and also was raised in a council house in Pinner by his maternal grandparents. His parents married in 1945, when the family relocated to a nearby semi-detached house. He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and also Pinner County Grammar School, up until he was 17, when he left just prior to his A-Level examinations to pursue a career in music.
When John started to take into consideration of a career in music seriously, his dad, that served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, attempted to guide him towards a much more conventional career, such as banking. John has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his method of releasing after such a restrictive childhood. Both his parents were musically inclined, his dad 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, revealing John to the popular singers as well as musicians of the day, and also he has stated he remembers being instantly hooked on rock and roll when his mom brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956.
John began playing his grandmother‘s piano as a young boy, as well as within a year his mom heard him picking out notes for Winifred Atwell‘s “The Skater‘s Waltz“ by ear. After performing at parties and also family gatherings, at age 7 he began formal piano lessons. He showed musical ability at school, including the ability to compose tunes and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At age 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. According to one of his instructors, John quickly played back, like a “gramophone record“, a four-page piece by George Frideric Handel after hearing it for the very first time.
Elton John (known after that as Reg Dwight) studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London for five years.
For the next five years, he attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, as well as he has stated he took pleasure in playing Frédéric Chopin and also Johann Sebastian Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, however that he was not otherwise a persistent classical student. “I kind of resented going to the Academy,“ he said. “I was one of those children who could just about get away without practicing and still pass, scrape through the grades.“ He has stated that he would often skip classes as well as ride around on the London Underground. Several instructors have attested that he was a “model student,“ and also throughout the last couple of years he took lessons from a private tutor in addition to his classes at the Academy. He left the Academy before exams.
John‘s mom, though strict with her son, was much more active than her husband, and something of a free spirit. With Stanley Dwight uninterested in his son as well as frequently absent, John was raised mostly by his mom and also maternal grandmother. When his dad was home, the Dwights had vehement arguments that considerably troubled John. When he was 14, they divorced. His mom then married a local painter, Fred Farebrother, a caring as well as encouraging stepfather whom John affectionately called “Derf“ (“Fred“ backwards). They relocated into flat No. 1A in an eight-unit apartment building called Frome Court, not far from both previous residences. There John wrote the songs that launched his career as a rock star; he lived there until he had four albums concurrently in the American Top 40.