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  • Real name : Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Date of birth : 25/03/1947

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  • Elton Hercules John
  • wcześniej Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Rockaday Johnnie
  • John Elton

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Elton John (1947)

Reginald Kenneth Dwight

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Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, Hon DMus is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in Billboard history. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has won six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s, and In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the most high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million. John entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" .

  Biography  

 life and career
  Early life

John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947, the eldest child of Stanley and only child of Sheila Eileen Dwight (née Harris) and was raised in Pinner, Middlesex in a council house of his maternal grandparents. His parents did not marry until he was 6 years old, when the family moved to a nearby semi-detached house. He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and Pinner County Grammar School, until age 17, when he left just prior to his A Level examinations to pursue a career in the music industry.

When John began to seriously consider a career in music, his father, who served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, tried to steer him toward a more conventional career, such as banking. John has stated that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood. Both of John's parents were musically inclined, his father 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, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, and John remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956.

John started playing the piano at the age of 3, and within a year, his mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwell's "The Skater's Waltz" by ear. After performing at parties and family gatherings, at the age of 7 he took up formal piano lessons. He showed musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies, and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At the age of 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. According to one of his instructors, John promptly played back, like a "gramophone record", a four-page piece by Handel that he heard for the first time.

For the next five years he attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, and has stated that he enjoyed playing Chopin and Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, but that he was not otherwise a diligent classical student. "I kind of resented going to the Academy", he says. "I was one of those children who could just about get away without practicing and still pass, scrape through the grades." He even claims that he would sometimes skip classes and just ride around on the Tube. However, several instructors have testified that he was a "model student", and during the last few years he was taking lessons from a private tutor in addition to his classes at the Academy.

John's mother, though also strict with her son, was more vivacious than her husband, and something of a free spirit. With Stanley Dwight uninterested in his son and often physically absent, John was raised primarily by his mother and maternal grandmother. When his father was home, the Dwights would have terrible arguments that greatly distressed their son. When John was 14, they divorced. His mother then married a local painter, Fred Farebrother, a caring and supportive stepfather who John affectionately referred to as "Derf", his first name in reverse. They moved into flat No. 1A in an eight-unit apartment building called Frome Court, not far from both previous homes. It was there that John would write the songs that would launch his career as a rock star; he would live there until he had four albums simultaneously in the American Top 40.

  Pub pianist to staff songwriter (1962–1969)


At the age of 15, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at a nearby pub, the Northwood Hills Hotel, playing Thursday to Sunday nights for £35 a week and tips. Known simply as "Reggie", he played a range of popular standards, including songs by Jim Reeves and Ray Charles, as well as songs he had written himself. A stint with a short-lived group called the Corvettes rounded out his time.

In 1964, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology. By day, he ran errands for a music publishing company; he divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with Bluesology. By the mid-1960s, Bluesology was backing touring American soul and R&B musicians like The Isley Brothers, Major Lance, Billy Stewart, Doris Troy and Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles. In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry's supporting band and played 16 times at The Marquee Club.

After failing lead vocalist auditions for King Crimson and Gentle Giant, Dwight answered an advertisement in the New Musical Express placed by Ray Williams, then the A&R manager for Liberty Records. At their first meeting, Williams gave Dwight a stack of lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, who had answered the same ad. Dwight wrote music for the lyrics, and then mailed it to Taupin, beginning a partnership that . In 1967, what would become the first Elton John/Bernie Taupin song, "Scarecrow", was recorded; when the two first met, six months later, Dwight was going by the name "Elton John", in homage to Bluesology saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.

The team of John and Taupin joined Dick James's DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968, and over the next two years wrote material for various artists, like Roger Cook and Lulu. Taupin would write a batch of lyrics in under an hour and give it to John, who would write music for them in half an hour, disposing of the lyrics if he couldn't come up with anything quickly. For two years, they wrote easy-listening tunes for James to peddle to singers. Their early output included a contender for the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, for Lulu, called "Can't Go On ". It came sixth of six songs. In 1969, John also provided piano for Roger Hodgson on his first ever musical recording.

During this period, John was also a session musician for other artists including playing piano on The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and singing backing vocals for The Scaffold.

  Debut album to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1969–1973)

On the advice of music publisher Steve Brown, John and Taupin started writing more complex songs for John to record for DJM. The first was the single "I've Been Loving You" , produced by Caleb Quaye, former Bluesology guitarist. In 1969, with Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Tony Murray, John recorded another single, "Lady Samantha", and an album, Empty Sky.

For their follow-up album, Elton John, John and Taupin enlisted Gus Dudgeon as producer and Paul Buckmaster as musical arranger. Elton John was released in the April 1970 on DJM Records/Pye Records in the UK and Uni Records in the USA, and established the formula for subsequent albums; gospel-chorded rockers and poignant ballads. The first single from the album, "Border Song", made into the US Top 100, peaking at Number 92. The second single "Your Song" made the US Top Ten, peaking at number eight and becoming John's first hit single as a singer. The album soon became his first hit album, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Backed by ex-Spencer Davis Group drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray, John's first American concert took place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in August 1970, and was a success.

The concept album Tumbleweed Connection was released in October 1970, and reached the Top Ten on the Billboard 200. The live album 17-11-70 (11-17-70 in the US) was recorded at a live show aired from A&R Studios on WABC-FM in New York City. Sales of the live album were heavily hit in the US when an east coast bootlegger released the performance several weeks before the official album, including all 60 minutes of the aircast, not just the 40 minutes selected by Dick James Music.

John and Taupin then wrote the soundtrack to the obscure film Friends and then the album Madman Across the Water, the latter reaching the Top Ten and producing the hit "Levon", while the soundtrack album produced the hit "Friends". In 1972, Davey Johnstone joined the Elton John Band on guitar and backing vocals. The band released Honky Chateau, which became John's first American number 1 album, spending five weeks at the top of the charts and spawning the hit singles "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)" (which is often compared to David Bowie's "Space Oddity") and "Honky Cat".

The pop album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player came out at the start of 1973, and produced the hits "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel"; the former became his first US Billboard Hot 100 number one hit. Both the album and "Crocodile Rock" were the first album and single, respectively on the consolidated MCA Records label in the USA, replacing MCA's other labels including Uni.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road gained instant critical acclaim and topped the chart on both sides of the Atlantic, remaining at Number 1 for two months. It also temporarily established John as a glam rock star. It contained the number 1 hit "Bennie and the Jets", along with the popular and praised "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Candle in the Wind", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" and "Grey Seal" (originally recorded and released in 1970 as the B-side to the UK-only single, "Rock and Roll Madonna"). There is also a VHS and DVD as part of the Classic Albums series, discussing the making, recording, and popularity of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" through concert and home video footage including interviews.

  Rocket Records to 21 at 33 (1974–1979)

John formed his own MCA-distributed label Rocket Records and signed acts to it – notably Neil Sedaka ("Bad Blood", on which he sang background vocals) and Kiki Dee – in which he took personal interest. Instead of releasing his own records on Rocket, he opted for $8 million offered by MCA. When the contract was signed in 1974, MCA reportedly took out a $25 million insurance policy on John's life.

In 1974 a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Elton John covering The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and Lennon's "One Day at a Time", and in return Elton John and band being featured on Lennon's "Whatever Gets You thru the Night". In what would be Lennon's last live performance, the pair performed these two number 1 hits along with the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden. Lennon made the rare stage appearance to keep the promise he made that he would appear on stage with Elton if "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" became a number 1 single.

Caribou was released in 1974, and although it reached number 1, it was widely considered a lesser quality album. Reportedly recorded in a scant two weeks between live appearances, it featured "The Bitch Is Back" and the lushly orchestrated "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".

Pete Townshend of The Who asked John to play a character called the "Local Lad" in the film of the rock opera Tommy, and to perform the song "Pinball Wizard". Drawing on power chords, John's version was recorded and used for the movie release in 1975 and the single came out in 1976 . The song charted at number 7 in England. Bally subsequently released a "Captain Fantastic" pinball machine featuring an illustration of John in his movie guise.

In the 1975 autobiographical album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John revealed his previously ambiguous personality, with Taupin's lyrics describing their early days as struggling songwriters and musicians in London. The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that is otherwise rare in John's music. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" was the hit single from this album and captured an early turning point in John's life.

The album's release signalled the end of the Elton John Band, as an unhappy and overworked John dismissed Olsson and Murray, two people who had contributed much of the band's signature sound and who had helped build his live following since the beginning. Johnstone and Ray Cooper were retained, Quaye and Roger Pope returned, and the new bassist was Kenny Passarelli; this rhythm section provided a heavier-sounding backbeat. James Newton-Howard joined to arrange in the studio and to play keyboards. John introduced the lineup before a crowd of 75,000 in London's Wembley Stadium.

The rock-oriented Rock of the Westies entered the US albums chart at number 1 like Captain Fantastic, a previously unattained feat. Elton John's stage wardrobe now included ostrich feathers, $5,000 spectacles that spelled his name in lights, and dressing up like the Statue of Liberty, Donald Duck, or Mozart ,among others, at his concerts.

To celebrate five years since he first appeared at the venue, in 1975 John played a two-night, four-show stand at The Troubadour. With seating limited to under 500 per show, the chance to purchase tickets was determined by a postcard lottery, with each winner allowed two tickets. Everyone who attended the performances received a hardbound "yearbook" of the band's history. That year he also played piano on Kevin Ayers' Sweet Deceiver, and was among the first and few white artists to appear on the black music series Soul Train on American television.

In 1976, the live album Here and There was released in May, followed by the Blue Moves album in October, which contained the single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word". His biggest success in 1976 was "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", a duet with Kiki Dee that topped both the American and British charts. Finally, in an interview with Rolling Stone that year entitled "Elton's Frank Talk", John stated that he was bisexual.


Besides being the most commercially successful period, 1970 - 1976 is also held in the most regard critically. Within only a three year span, between 1972-75 John saw seven consecutive albums reach Number 1 in the charts, which had not been accomplished before. Of the six Elton John albums to make the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in Rolling Stone'in 2003, all are from this period, with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ranked highest at number 91; similarly, the three Elton John albums given five stars by Allmusic (Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Château, and Captain Fantastic) are all from this period too.

During the same period, John made a guest appearance on the popular Morecambe and Wise Show on the BBC. The two comics spent the episode pointing him in the direction of everywhere except the stage in order to prevent him singing.

In November 1977 John announced he was retiring from performing; Taupin began collaborating with others. Now only producing one album a year, John issued A Single Man in 1978, employing a new lyricist, Gary Osborne; the album produced no singles that made the Top 20 in the US but the two singles from the album released in the UK, Part-Time Love and Song for Guy, both made the Top 20 in the UK with the latter reaching the Top 5. In 1979, accompanied by Ray Cooper, John became one of the first Western solo artist to tour the Soviet Union , then mounted a two-man comeback tour of the US in small halls. John returned to the singles chart with "Mama Can't Buy You Love" , a song originally rejected in 1977 by MCA before being released, recorded in 1977 with Philadelphia soul producer Thom Bell. Elton reported that Thom Bell was the first person to give him voice lessons; Bell encouraged John to sing in a lower register. A disco-influenced album, Victim of Love, was poorly received. In 1979, John and Taupin reunited, though they would not collaborate on a full album until 1983's "Too Low For Zero". 21 at 33, released the following year, was a significant career boost, aided by his biggest hit in four years, "Little Jeannie" , although the lyrics were written by Gary Osborne.

  The 80s:The Fox to Sleeping with the Past (1981–1989)


His 1981 album, The Fox, was recorded in part during the same sessions as 21 at 33, and also included collaborations with Tom Robinson and Judie Tzuke. On 13 September 1980, John, with Olsson and Murray back in the Elton John Band, performed a free concert to an estimated 400,000 fans on The Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. His 1982 hit "Empty Garden ", came from his Jump Up! album, his second under a new US recording contract with Geffen Records.

He married his close friend and sound engineer, Renate Blauel on Valentine's Day 1984 - the marriage lasted three years. The Biography Channel Special detailed the loss of Elton's voice in 1986 while on tour in Australia. Shortly thereafter he underwent throat surgery, which permanently altered his voice. Several non-cancerous polyps were removed from his vocal cords, resulting in a change in his singing voice. In 1987 he won a libel case against The Sun which published allegations of sex with rent boys.

With original band members Johnstone, Murray and Olsson together again, John was able to return to the charts with the 1983 hit album Too Low for Zero, which included "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", the latter of which featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and reached number 4 in the US, giving John his biggest hit there since "Little Jeannie". He placed hits in the US Top Ten throughout the 1980s – "Little Jeannie" , "Sad Songs " , "Nikita" boosted by a mini-movie pop video directed by Ken Russell , a live orchestral version of "Candle in the Wind" , and "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That" . His highest-charting single was a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder on "That's What Friends Are For" ; credited as Dionne and Friends, the song raised funds for AIDS research. His albums continued to sell, but of the six released in the latter half of the 1980s, only Reg Strikes Back placed in the Top 20 in the United States.

In 1985, Elton John was one of the many performers at Live Aid held at Wembley Stadium. John played "Bennie and the Jets" and "Rocket Man"; then "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee for the first time in years; and introduced his friend George Michael, still then of Wham!, to sing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me". He enlisted Michael to sing backing vocals on his single "Wrap Her Up", and also recruited teen idol Nik Kershaw as an instrumentalist on "Nikita". John also recorded material with Millie Jackson in 1985. In 1986, he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon's album Rock the Nations.

In 1988, he performed five sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, giving him 26 for his career. Netting over $20 million, 2,000 items of John's memorabilia were auctioned off at Sotheby's in London.

  The 90s: "Sacrifice" to Aida (1990–1999)
In 1990, John would finally achieve his first UK number one hit on his own, with "Sacrifice" (coupled with "Healing Hands") from the previous year's album Sleeping with the Past; it would stay at the top spot for six weeks. The following year, John's "Basque" won the Grammy for Best Instrumental, and a guest concert appearance he had made on George Michael's cover of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" was released as a single and topped the charts in both the US and UK. At the 1991 Brit Awards in London, Elton John won the award for Best British Male.

In 1992 he released the US number 8 album The One, featuring the hit song "The One". John and Taupin then signed a music publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music for an estimated $39 million over 12 years, giving them the largest cash advance in music publishing history. In April 1992, John appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, performing "The Show Must Go On" with the remaining members of Queen, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses and Queen. In September, John performed "The One" at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and also closed the ceremony performing "November Rain" with Guns N' Roses. The following year, he released Duets, a collaboration with 15 artists including Tammy Wynette and RuPaul. This also included a new collaboration with Kiki Dee, entitled "True Love", which reached the Top 10 of the UK charts.

Along with Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, which became the 3rd highest-grossing animated feature of all time. At the 67th Academy Awards ceremony, The Lion King provided three of the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Song, which John won with "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Both that and "Circle of Life" became hit songs for John. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" would also win Elton John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 37th Grammy Awards. After the release of the The Lion King soundtrack, the album remained at the top of Billboard's charts for nine weeks. On 10 November 1999, the RIAA certified The Lion King "Diamond" for selling 15 million copies.


In 1995 John released Made in England , which featured the single "Believe". John performed "Believe" at the 1995 Brit Awards, and picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music. A compilation called Love Songs was released in 1996.

Early in 1997 John held a 50th birthday party, costumed as Louis XIV, for 500 friends. John also performed with the surviving members of Queen in Paris at the opening night of Le Presbytère N'a Rien Perdu De Son Charme Ni Le Jardin De Son Éclat, a work by French ballet legend Maurice Béjart which draws upon AIDS and the deaths of Freddie Mercury and the company's principal dancer Jorge Donn. Later in 1997, two close friends died: designer Gianni Versace was murdered; Diana, Princess of Wales died in a Paris car crash on 31 August.

In early September, John contacted his writing partner Bernie Taupin, asking him to revise the lyrics of his 1973 song "Candle in the Wind" to honour Diana, and Taupin rewrote the song accordingly. On 6 September 1997, John performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey. The song became the fastest, and biggest-selling single of all time, eventually selling over 33 million copies worldwide. The best-selling single in UK Chart history, it sold 4.86 million copies in the UK. The best-selling single in Billboard history, and the only single ever certified Diamond in the United States, the single sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. The song proceeds of approximately £55 million were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. It would win John the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1998. John has publicly performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" only once, at Diana's funeral, vowing never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons.

In the musical theatre world, in addition to a 1998 adaptation of The Lion King for Broadway, John also composed music for a Disney production of Aida in 1999 with lyricist Tim Rice, for which they received the Tony Award for Best Original Score at the 54th Tony Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards. The musical was given its world premiere in the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. It went on to Chicago and eventually Broadway. He also released a live compilation album called Elton John One Night Only - The Greatest Hits from the show he did at Madison Square Garden in New York City that same year.

  2000 to present

In 2000, John and Tim Rice teamed again to create songs for DreamWorks' animated film The Road to El Dorado. In August 2003, John scored his fifth UK number one single when "Are You Ready for Love" topped the UK Charts. Returning again to musical theatre, John composed music for a West End Theatre production of Billy Elliot the Musical in 2005 with playwright Lee Hall. John's only theatrical project with Bernie Taupin so far is Lestat: The Musical, based on the Anne Rice vampire novels. However it was slammed by the critics and closed in May 2006 after 39 performances.

John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding contributions to Disney's films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by The Walt Disney Company. In 2006 he told Rolling Stone magazine that he plans for his next record to be in the R&B/hip-hop genre. "I want to work with Pharrell {Williams}, Timbaland, Snoop {Dogg}, Kanye {West}, Eminem and just see what happens."

In March 2007 he performed at Madison Square Garden for a record breaking 60th time for his 60th birthday, the concert was broadcast live and a DVD recording was released as Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden; a greatest-hits compilation CD, Rocket Man – Number Ones, was released in 17 different versions worldwide, including a CD/DVD combo; and his back catalogue - almost 500 songs from 32 albums - became available for legal download.


On 1 July 2007, Elton John appeared at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium in London, in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 46th birthday. John opened the concert with "Your Song", and then closed the concert with his second performance, with "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Tiny Dancer", and "Are You Ready For Love".

In a September 2008 interview with GQ magazine, John said: "I’m going on the road again with Billy Joel again next year," referring to "Face to Face," a series of concerts featuring both musicians. The tour began in March and will continue for at least two more years.

In October 2003, John announced that he had signed an exclusive agreement to perform 75 shows over three years at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. The show, entitled The Red Piano, was a multimedia concert featuring massive props and video montages created by David LaChapelle. Effectively, he and Celine Dion share performances at Caesars Palace throughout the year - while one performs, one rests. The first of these shows took place on 13 February 2004. On 21 June 2008, he performed his 200th show in Caesars Palace. A DVD/CD package of The Red Piano was released through Best Buy in November 2008. A two year global tour was sandwiched between commitments in Las Vegas, Nevada, some of the venues of which were new to John. The Red Piano Tour closed in Las Vegas in April 2009.

Elton John performed a piano duet with Lady Gaga at the 52nd Grammy Awards. On 6 June 2010, John performed at the fourth wedding of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh for a reported US$1 million fee. Eleven days later, and 17 years to the day after his last previous performance in Israel, he performed at the Ramat Gan Stadium; this was significant because of other then-recent cancellations by other performers in the fallout surrounding an Israeli raid on Gaza Flotilla the month before. In his introduction to that concert, Elton John noted he and other musicians should not "cherry-pick our conscience", in reference to Elvis Costello, who was to have performed in Israel two weeks after Elton did, but cancelled in the wake of the aforementioned raid, citing his [Costello's] conscience.

John's latest studio album is entitled The Union and was released on 19 October 2010. John says his collaboration with American singer-songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: "I don't have to make pop records any more."

Elton John began his new show "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on 28 September 2011. John will be performing the show at Caesars for the next three years. John performed his 3000th concert on Saturday 8 October 2011 at Caesars. In 2011, John performed vocals on Snowed in at Wheeler Street with Kate Bush for her 50 Words for Snow album.

 personal life
 Family
In the late 1960s, John was engaged to be married to his first lover, secretary Linda Woodrow, who is mentioned in the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight". He married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on 14 February 1984, in Darling Point, Sydney, with speculation that the marriage was a cover for his homosexuality. John had come out as bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, but after his divorce from Blauel in 1988 he told the magazine that he was "comfortable" being gay.

In 1993, John began a relationship with David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker. John and Furnish entered a civil partnership on 21 December 2005. They held a low-key ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall, followed by a lavish party at their Berkshire mansion, thought to have cost £1 million. Their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born to a surrogate mother on 25 December 2010 in California. John and Furnish chose Lady Gaga, magazine editor Ingrid Sischy, and Sichy's partner Sandy Brant as Zachary's godmothers.

In September 2009, John announced his intention to adopt a 14-month-old boy, Lev, from an AIDS orphanage in Ukraine, but he was denied due to his age and marital status. Furnish stated they would continue to financially support Lev and his brother and would campaign for a change in Ukrainian law. John has ten known godchildren, including Sean Lennon, David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian Charles, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.

 Wealth


In April 2009, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated John's wealth to be £175 million (US$265 million), and ranked him as the 322nd richest person in Britain. John was estimated to have a fortune of £195 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him one of the 10 richest people in the British music industry. Aside from his main home "Woodside" in Old Windsor, Berkshire, John owns residences in Atlanta, Nice, London's Holland Park, and Venice. John is an art collector, and is believed to have one of the largest private photography collections in the world.

In 2000, John admitted to spending £30 million in just under two years—an average of £1.5 million a month. Between January 1996 and September 1997, he spent more than £9.6m on property and £293,000 on flowers. In June 2001 John sold 20 of his cars at Christie's, saying he didn't get the chance to drive them because he was out of the country so often. The sale, which included a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, the most expensive at £234,750, and several Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, raised nearly £2 million. In 2003, John sold the contents of his Holland Park home—expected to fetch £800,000 at Sotheby's—in a bid to create more room for his collection of contemporary art which includes many works of art by Young British Artists such as Sam Taylor-Wood and Tracy Emin. Every year since 2004, John has opened a shop called "Elton's Closet" in which he sells his second-hand clothes.

 Other
Throughout his career, John has battled addictions to alcohol and cocaine. By 1975, the pressures of stardom had begun to take a serious toll on him. During "Elton Week" in Los Angeles that year, John suffered a drug overdose. He also battled the eating disorder bulimia. In a CNN interview with Larry King in 2002, King asked if John knew of Diana, Princess of Wales' eating disorder. John replied, "Yes, I did. We were both bulimic."

A longtime tennis enthusiast, John wrote the song "Philadelphia Freedom" in tribute to long-time friend Billie Jean King and her World Team Tennis franchise of the same name. John and King also co-host an annual pro-am event to benefit AIDS charities, most notably John's own Elton John AIDS Foundation, for which King is a chairwoman. John, who maintains a part-time residence in Atlanta, Georgia, became a fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team when he moved there in 1991.

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Name Duration Released
The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room 00:00 2011
Terrafirminator 00:00 2011
Bennie and the Bunnies 00:00 2011
Dandelions 00:00 2011
Gnomeo & Juliet 00:00 2011
Love Builds a Garden 00:00 2011
Hello, Hello 00:00 2011
Gone to Shiloh 04:50 19/10/2010
When Love is Dying 04:51 19/10/2010
Hey Ahab 05:39 19/10/2010
I Should Have Sent Roses 05:21 19/10/2010
Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes 03:23 19/10/2010
A Dream Come True 05:07 19/10/2010
If It Wasn't for Bad 03:43 19/10/2010
The Best Part of the Day 04:45 19/10/2010
Monkey Suit 04:46 19/10/2010
There's No Tomorrow 03:45 19/10/2010
Never Too Old 04:58 19/10/2010
Jimmie Rodgers' Dream 03:34 19/10/2010
Mandalay Again 04:54 19/10/2010
Hearts Have Turned to Stone 03:47 19/10/2010
My Kind of Hell 03:16 19/10/2010
Are You Ready for Love 03:31 2007
Saturday Night's Alright 04:11 2007
I Must Have Lost It On The Wind 03:53 18/09/2006
The Bridge 03:38 18/09/2006
Blues Never Fade Away 04:45 18/09/2006
And the House Fell Down 04:48 18/09/2006
Tinderbox 04:25 18/09/2006
Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way 04:38 18/09/2006
Just Like Noah's Ark 05:33 18/09/2006
The Captain and the Kid 05:03 18/09/2006
Postcards from Richard Nixon 05:15 18/09/2006
Old '67 04:01 18/09/2006
Did Anybody Sleep With Joan of Arc 04:18 2002
Dark Diamond 04:26 01/10/2001
The Emperor's New Clothes 04:28 01/10/2001
The Wasteland 04:21 01/10/2001
This Train Don't Stop There Anymore 04:39 01/10/2001
I Want Love 04:35 01/10/2001
Mansfield 04:56 01/10/2001
Birds 03:51 01/10/2001
Love Her Like Me 03:58 01/10/2001
Original Sin 04:49 01/10/2001
Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes 04:52 01/10/2001
American Triangle 04:49 01/10/2001
Look Ma, No Hands 04:22 01/10/2001
Go Out and Get It 00:00 2001
Way to Blue 00:00 2001
Pied Pauper 00:00 2001
Stormbringer 00:00 2001
I Don't Mind 00:00 2001
Sweet Honesty 00:00 2001
This Moment 00:00 2001
Saturday Sun 00:00 2001
You Get Brighter 00:00 2001
Time Has Told Me 00:00 2001
The Day Is Done 00:00 2001
Can You Feel the Love Tonight 03:59 21/11/2000
It's Tough To Be A God 03:50 2000
The Panic In Me 05:40 2000
16th Century Man 03:40 2000
The Trail We Blaze 03:54 2000
Wonders Of The New World 05:56 2000
Friends Never Say Goodbye 04:21 2000
Cheldorado 04:26 2000
Without Question 04:47 2000
Queen Of Cities 03:56 2000
Someday Out Of The Blue 04:48 2000
My Heart Dances 04:51 2000
El Dorado 04:22 2000
Trust Me 04:46 2000
Driving to Universal 00:00 1999
What Should I Do? 00:00 1999
Written in the Stars 04:17 1999
The Muse 00:00 1999
Driving Home 00:00 1999
Take a Walk with Me 00:00 1999
Meet Christine 00:00 1999
Are We Laughing 00:00 1999
Back to Paramount 00:00 1999
The Aquarium 00:00 1999
Sarah Escapes 00:00 1999
The Wrong Gift 00:00 1999
Multiple Personality 00:00 1999
Better Have a Gift 00:00 1999
To the Guesthouse 00:00 1999
Walk of Shame 00:00 1999
Steven Redecorates 00:00 1999
Driving to Jack's 00:00 1999
Back to the Aquarium 00:00 1999
Love’s Got a Lot to Answer For 05:02 22/09/1997
If the River Can Bend 05:23 22/09/1997
The End Will Come 04:53 22/09/1997
Wicked Dreams 04:39 22/09/1997
Live Like Horses 05:02 22/09/1997
I Can’t Steer My Heart Clear of You 04:10 22/09/1997
Long Way from Happiness 04:47 22/09/1997
January 04:02 22/09/1997
Recover Your Soul 05:18 22/09/1997
The Big Picture 03:45 22/09/1997
Something About the Way You Look Tonight 05:09 22/09/1997
Latitude 03:34 20/03/1995
Belfast 06:29 20/03/1995
Pain 03:49 20/03/1995
Cold 05:37 20/03/1995
House 04:27 20/03/1995
Lies 04:25 20/03/1995
Made in England 05:09 20/03/1995
Man 05:16 20/03/1995
Believe 04:55 20/03/1995
Please 03:52 20/03/1995
Blessed 00:00 1995
Circle of Life 00:00 1995
Natural Sinner 02:50 1994
Up Around the Bend 02:38 1994
Lady D'Arbanville 03:41 1994
In the Summertime 02:51 1994
It's All in the Game 02:23 1994
Cotton Fields 02:47 1994
To Be Young, Gifted and Black 03:04 1994
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 02:32 1994
My Baby Loves Lovin' 02:44 1994
Good Morning Freedom 03:07 1994
Love of the Common People 02:33 1994
I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top 03:42 1994
Come and Get It 02:14 1994
Travelin' Band 02:16 1994
She Sold Me Magic 01:56 1994
Spirit in the Sky 03:37 1994
Neanderthal Man 03:35 1994
United We Stand 02:48 1994
Snake in the Grass 03:02 1994
True Love 03:34 30/11/1993
Born to Lose 04:33 30/11/1993
Shakey Ground 03:51 30/11/1993
Love Letters 04:01 30/11/1993
The Power 06:25 30/11/1993
I'm Your Puppet 03:36 30/11/1993
When I Think About Love 04:34 30/11/1993
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing 03:36 30/11/1993
Teardrops 04:55 30/11/1993
Go on and On 05:50 30/11/1993
Old Friend 04:15 30/11/1993
A Woman's Needs 05:18 30/11/1993
If You Were Me 04:26 30/11/1993
Seasons 03:56 20/10/1992
Michelle's Song 04:20 20/10/1992
Here's to the Next Time 02:58 20/10/1992
I've Been Loving You 03:16 20/10/1992
Seasons Reprise 01:39 20/10/1992
Four Moods 11:01 20/10/1992
I Meant to Do My Work Today 01:36 20/10/1992
Emily 04:58 22/06/1992
When a Woman Doesn't Want You 04:55 22/06/1992
The North 05:15 22/06/1992
Whitewash County 05:30 22/06/1992
Runaway Train 05:23 22/06/1992
Fat Boys and Ugly Girls 04:13 22/06/1992
Sweat it Out 06:38 22/06/1992
The Last Song 03:21 22/06/1992
The One 05:53 22/06/1992
Understanding Women 05:03 22/06/1992
Simple Life 06:25 22/06/1992
On Dark Street 04:43 22/06/1992
The Show Must Go On 04:14 1992
Funeral for a Friend 09:51 1992
Blue Avenue 04:16 1992
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 03:15 08/11/1990
The Retreat 04:45 08/11/1990
Suit of Wolves 05:46 08/11/1990
Come Back Baby 02:45 08/11/1990
Fanfare/Chloe 06:20 08/11/1990
Easier to Walk Away 04:22 08/11/1990
Donner Pour Donner 04:26 08/11/1990
I Swear I Heard the Night Talkin' 04:30 08/11/1990
Cartier 00:54 08/11/1990
You Gotta Love Someone 04:59 08/11/1990
Song for Guy 06:40 08/11/1990
Made for Me 04:22 08/11/1990
I Saw Her Standing There 03:43 08/11/1990
Sacrifice 05:08 08/11/1990
Harmony 02:46 08/11/1990
Give Peace a Chance 03:47 08/11/1990
All the Girls Love Alice 05:10 08/11/1990
Act of War 04:44 08/11/1990
Durban Deep 05:32 29/08/1989
Love Is a Cannibal 03:55 29/08/1989
Dancing in the End Zone 03:55 29/08/1989
Sleeping with the Past 04:58 29/08/1989
Club at the End of the Street 04:49 29/08/1989
Whispers 05:30 29/08/1989
Healing Hands 04:21 29/08/1989
Country Love Song 05:05 02/1989
Nice and Slow 04:43 02/1989
A Word in Spanish 04:39 24/06/1988
Town of Plenty 03:40 24/06/1988
Since God Invented Girls 04:39 24/06/1988
Poor Cow 03:50 24/06/1988
Heavy Traffic 03:28 24/06/1988
The Camera Never Lies 04:37 24/06/1988
Goodbye Marlon Brando 03:30 24/06/1988
Japanese Hands 04:40 24/06/1988
I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That 04:36 24/06/1988
Rope Around a Fool 03:46 1988
Mama Can't Buy You Love 04:02 12/11/1987
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me 08:46 13/06/1987
Slow Rivers 03:06 15/10/1986
Gypsy Heart 04:46 15/10/1986
Go It Alone 04:26 15/10/1986
Don't Trust That Woman 04:58 15/10/1986
Hoop of Fire 04:14 15/10/1986
Paris 03:58 15/10/1986
Leather Jackets 04:10 15/10/1986
Memory of Love 04:08 15/10/1986
Angeline 03:24 15/10/1986
Heartache All Over the World 03:52 15/10/1986
Satellite 04:37 11/1985
Wrap Her Up 06:21 11/1985
Too Young 05:13 11/1985
Nikita 05:43 11/1985
Soul Glove 03:31 11/1985
Cry To Heaven 04:15 11/1985
Candy by the Pound 03:56 11/1985
This Town 03:55 11/1985
Tell Me What the Papers Say 03:40 11/1985
The Man Who Never Died 05:10 29/10/1984
Restless 05:17 09/07/1984
Did He Shoot Her? 03:21 09/07/1984
Burning Buildings 04:02 09/07/1984
In Neon 04:19 09/07/1984
Passengers 03:24 09/07/1984
Li'l 'Frigerator 03:37 09/07/1984
Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be) 03:34 09/07/1984
Who Wears These Shoes? 04:04 09/07/1984
Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison) 04:10 09/07/1984
Sad Songs 04:55 09/07/1984
I'm Still Standing 03:02 14/10/1983
Cold as Christmas 04:19 14/10/1983
Saint 05:17 14/10/1983
Whipping Boy 03:43 14/10/1983
Kiss the Bride 04:22 14/10/1983
Crystal 05:05 14/10/1983
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues 04:41 14/10/1983
Religion 04:05 14/10/1983
Too Low for Zero 05:46 14/10/1983
Love So Cold 05:08 03/03/1983
Dear John 03:31 09/04/1982
All Quiet on the Western Front 05:59 09/04/1982
Where Have All the Good Times Gone 04:00 09/04/1982
I Am Your Robot 04:43 09/04/1982
Princess 04:56 09/04/1982
Legal Boys 03:05 09/04/1982
Empty Garden 05:09 09/04/1982
Ball and Chain 03:27 09/04/1982
Blue Eyes 03:25 09/04/1982
Spiteful Child 04:15 09/04/1982
Nobody Wins 03:42 20/05/1981
Just Like Belgium 04:08 20/05/1981
The Fox 05:10 20/05/1981
Heart in the Right Place 05:13 20/05/1981
Elton's Song 03:03 20/05/1981
Breaking Down Barriers 04:40 20/05/1981
Heels of the Wind 03:37 20/05/1981
Chloe 04:39 20/05/1981
Fanfare 01:26 20/05/1981
Carla/Etude 04:45 20/05/1981
Fascist Faces 05:10 20/05/1981
White Lady White Powder 04:31 13/05/1980
Two Rooms at the End of the World 05:39 13/05/1980
Sartorial Eloquence 04:44 13/05/1980
Little Jeannie 05:18 13/05/1980
Chasing the Crown 05:31 13/05/1980
Give Me the Love 05:22 13/05/1980
Take Me Back 03:51 13/05/1980
Never Gonna Fall in Love Again 04:06 13/05/1980
Dear God 03:44 13/05/1980
Born Bad 06:20 13/10/1979
Warm Love in a Cold World 03:22 13/10/1979
Johnny B. Goode 08:06 13/10/1979
Victim of Love 05:02 13/10/1979
Street Boogie 03:56 13/10/1979
Spotlight 04:24 13/10/1979
Thunder in the Night 04:40 13/10/1979
Big Dipper 04:04 16/10/1978
I Don't Care 04:23 16/10/1978
Return to Paradise 04:15 16/10/1978
Shine on Through 03:45 16/10/1978
Lovesick 03:59 16/10/1978
I Cry at Night 03:16 16/10/1978
Flinstone Boy 04:13 16/10/1978
Ego 04:00 16/10/1978
It Ain't Gonna Be Easy 08:27 16/10/1978
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 04:23 1977
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word 03:43 1977
Cage the Songbird 03:25 22/10/1976
Boogie Pilgrim 06:05 22/10/1976
Chameleon 05:27 22/10/1976
One Horse Town 05:56 22/10/1976
Tonight 07:52 22/10/1976
Your Starter for... 01:23 22/10/1976
Shoulder Holster 05:10 22/10/1976
Crazy Water 05:42 22/10/1976
Love Song 05:25 30/04/1976
Hard Luck Story 05:10 04/10/1975
Street Kids 06:23 04/10/1975
I Feel Like a Bullet 05:28 04/10/1975
Grow Some Funk of Your Own 04:43 04/10/1975
Island Girl 03:42 04/10/1975
Dan Dare 03:30 04/10/1975
Medley 06:13 04/10/1975
Feed Me 04:00 04/10/1975
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 05:46 23/05/1975
Philadelphia Freedom 05:23 23/05/1975
One Day 03:49 23/05/1975
One Day at a Time 03:49 23/05/1975
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 06:18 23/05/1975
Someone Saved My Life Tonight 06:45 23/05/1975
Tell Me When the Whistle Blows 04:20 23/05/1975
Bitter Fingers 04:35 23/05/1975
Tower of Babel 04:28 23/05/1975
House of Cards 03:12 23/05/1975
Grimsby 03:47 28/06/1974
Pinky 03:54 28/06/1974
Step into Christmas 04:32 28/06/1974
The Bitch Is Back 03:44 28/06/1974
Cold Highway 03:25 28/06/1974
Sick City 05:23 28/06/1974
Pinball Wizard 05:09 28/06/1974
You're So Static 04:52 28/06/1974
Solar Prestige a Gammon 02:52 28/06/1974
Dixie Lily 02:54 28/06/1974
Bennie and the Jets 05:23 05/10/1973
Candle in the Wind 03:49 05/10/1973
Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding 11:09 05/10/1973
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting 04:12 16/07/1973
Teacher I Need You 04:10 26/01/1973
High Flying Bird 04:12 26/01/1973
Daniel 03:52 26/01/1973
Crocodile Rock 03:58 26/01/1973
Texan Love Song 03:34 26/01/1973
I'm Gonna Be a Teenage Idol 03:55 26/01/1973
Have Mercy on the Criminal 05:58 26/01/1973
Midnight Creeper 03:52 26/01/1973
Blues for My Baby and Me 05:39 26/01/1973
Elderberry Wine 03:34 26/01/1973
Susie 03:25 19/05/1972
I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself 03:35 19/05/1972
Mellow 05:32 19/05/1972
Hercules 05:21 19/05/1972
Honky Cat 05:12 19/05/1972
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters 05:00 19/05/1972
Amy 04:03 19/05/1972
Slave 04:21 19/05/1972
Salvation 03:59 19/05/1972
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) 04:41 19/05/1972
Indian Sunset 06:45 05/11/1971
Razor Face 04:44 05/11/1971
Levon 05:22 05/11/1971
Tiny Dancer 06:15 05/11/1971
Goodbye 01:48 05/11/1971
All the Nasties 05:08 05/11/1971
Rotten Peaches 04:56 05/11/1971
Holiday Inn 04:16 05/11/1971
Get Back 00:00 10/05/1971
My Baby Left Me 00:00 10/05/1971
Bad Side of the Moon 06:10 10/05/1971
Honky Tonk Women 04:07 10/05/1971
Can I Put You On 05:52 04/1971
Variations on Michelle's Song 02:44 04/1971
Theme 03:52 04/1971
Variations on 'Friends' 01:45 04/1971
Honey Roll 03:00 04/1971
Friends 02:20 04/1971
Sisters of the Cross 04:38 30/10/1970
Ballad of a Well-Known Gun 04:59 30/10/1970
Talking Old Soldiers 04:13 30/10/1970
There Goes A Well Known Gun 03:27 30/10/1970
Into the Old Man's Shoes 04:02 30/10/1970
My Father's Gun 06:20 30/10/1970
Son of Your Father 03:48 30/10/1970
Burn Down the Mission 06:52 30/10/1970
Country Comfort 05:06 30/10/1970
Madman Across the Water 08:52 30/10/1970
Come Down in Time 03:25 30/10/1970
Take Me to the Pilot 03:47 10/04/1970
I Need You to Turn To 02:33 10/04/1970
The King Must Die 05:23 10/04/1970
Your Song 04:05 10/04/1970
The Cage 03:31 10/04/1970
The Greatest Discovery 04:13 10/04/1970
Border Song 03:22 10/04/1970
Sixty Years On 04:36 10/04/1970
First Episode at Hienton 04:49 10/04/1970
No Shoe Strings on Louise 03:32 10/04/1970
Skyline Pigeon 03:37 13/01/1969
The Scaffold 03:18 13/01/1969
Sails 03:45 13/01/1969
Lady What's Tomorrow 03:09 13/01/1969
Just Like Strange Rain 03:44 13/01/1969
Hymn 2000 04:29 13/01/1969
It's Me That You Need 04:04 13/01/1969
Western Ford Gateway 03:15 13/01/1969
All Across the Havens 02:52 13/01/1969
Val-Hala 04:12 13/01/1969
Lady Samantha 03:02 13/01/1969
Empty Sky 08:29 13/01/1969
Gulliver/Hay-Chewed/Reprise 06:59 13/01/1969
Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas) 04:02
Jack Rabbit 01:50
Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) 02:51
Rock n' Roll Madonna 04:17
Grey Seal 03:36
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Służyła w USA jako etykieta do 00:00
Screw You (Young Man's Blues) 04:43

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