Elton John’s biographyElton John is a famous British pop-rock singer and composer, one of the most successful musicians in the UK. The performer has already sold more than 250 million records during his productive and very successful career, many of his songs and albums held at the top of the world charts. He has won numerous awards, including the Grammy and the Oscars, Sir of the British Empire (1998).
Childhood and youthA boy was born to the family of pilot officer Stanley and housewife Sheila Dwight on March 25, 1947, who received the name Reginald Kenneth at baptism. The Dwight’s lived in the Middlesex County, which became the north-western district of London in 1965.
When the boy was 15, his parents divorced, and later his mother married painter Fred Farebrother, with whom the teenager had a warm relationship.
He invented his stage name himself, borrowing some of the names of the band members: saxophonist Elton Dean and singer John Baldry.
Musical careerIn 1968 John met poet Bernie Taupin, who became a regular author for his songs throughout his career. Elton's first album the Empty Sky (1969) turned out to be a commercial failure, while the second record modestly named Elton John (1970) presented the talented performer to the American public, and so successfully that the record received a Grammy nomination for album of the year. And the Your song single became a hit both in the United States and in the singer's homeland.
The composition from the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) album, the Candle in the Wind, dedicated to Marilyn Monroe made Elton a megastar and the singer confirmed his high status with the following successful albums: the Caribou (1974 ) and the Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975).
In 1995 Elton John’s merits were noted by the British government - he received the title of Knight Bachelor and became Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In 1997 John was shocked by the death of his friend Princess Diana in a car accident. He performed a new version of the famous Candle in the Wind at her funeral. More than thirty million copies of the single were sold around the world, which the singer never performed at concerts. The musician donated all the profits (more than 47 million dollars) to the princess's fund. The act was appreciated by the Queen of Great Britain herself and in 1998 the singer was awarded the title of Sir.