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Elton John

Elton John.spacerBorn Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25th. 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England, he started taking piano lessons at four years of age and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music when he was eleven. In the early sixties he formed "Bluesology", his first band. In 1965 they turned professional. The following year, Long John Baldry joined them, and soon it appeared to become 'his' band.

Disillusioned, Reg started to pursue music publishing contracts; changing his name at the same time to Elton John (Hercules was inserted later), but recognition was slow to come. Fitting music to the lyrics of
Elton John.spacerBernie Taupin, and recording budget versions of current hits, paid the bills; but it wasn't until Gus Dudgeon produced the album "Elton John", with the classic "Your Song" as one of the tracks, that Elton 'arrived'.

Elton John.spacer"Your Song" took the album in to the American Top Ten and gave Elton John his first UK hit, reaching No.2. Within the next few years Elton had become a Superstar. Between 1972 - 1975 he had seven consecutive No.1 albums, and he was filling stadiums around the world.

In 1990 Elton booked into a re-hab clinic in Chicago and successfully beat his cocaine and alcohol habit. Two years later he formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation, following the death of his friend, Ryan White, from an AIDS related illness. All the profits from Elton's singles are donated to this charity.

Elton John.spacer1997 saw the tragic death of a personal friend, Princess Diana. He, and Bernie Taupin, hastily rewrote "Candle In The Wind" and he sang it at the funeral. Who can ever forget that performance?

In 1998 Elton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, for his service to music and charity, becoming, Sir Elton John, C.B.E. An irregular heartbeat in 1999 forced him to have a pacemaker fitted. This has not, it appears, impeded his way of life at all, and he still enjoys a tough game of tennis.

On the first day on which same-sex couples were allowed a legal status comparable to marriage, 21st Dec. 2005, Elton John, 58, married his long-time partner David Furnish, 43, at Windsor's town hall, where earlier in the year (April) Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. The party afterwards was a lavish affair with 700 guests. The star-studded guest list included Ringo Starr, Victoria Beckham, Lulu, Cilla Black, Liz Hurley, James Blunt, Jamie Cullum, Ronan Keating, George Michael and many, many others.




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