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Elton John (25.03.1947) - British singer.

Elton John (nee Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is a popular British rock singer, composer and a pianist. He is the holder of numerous titles and awards. Among them, six Grammy Awards, a Disney Legend award, the Kennedy Center Honors, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire title, and many other honors. He has had a great influence on the development of easy rock.

Apart from being a well-known musician, he is also a famous public figure. Since 1980s he is seriously involved in the fight against AIDS. Elton John was born on March 25th, 1947, in the London Borough of Harrow. His father was a squadron commander. His parents divorced when he was 15 and his mother remarried another man, who turned out to be a more supportive and caring figure than his real father.

Elton began playing the piano at the age of four. He was able to play any melody as a child. When he was 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied for the six following years. In 1960, together with his friends he arranged a band The Corvettes. They were playing the music of Ray Charles and Jim Reeves. By the mid-1960s they toured the United States. They didnt have much luck in the field of music at that time, but soon he recorded his first song with Bernie Taupin, called Scarecrow. Together, they started composing songs for other performers. Although, they didnt have commercial success, they had lots of positive feedback in the US. In 1970 Dwight, who had changed his name by that time, released the album Elton John. The formula of success was found.

He began touring the United States with his concerts. His repertoire had everything to offer: heartfelt ballads, rock songs, etc. In 1973, he created his own label Rocket Records and released another pop-album Dont Shoot Me Im Only the Piano Player. Even more successful was his next album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. A year later there was another album Caribou, which won the first place in the US. He achieved commercial success in 1976, when he sang a duet with Kiki Dee. His single Dont Go Breaking My Heart topped all the UK and US charts. After instant success, he confessed his bisexuality to the magazine Rolling Stones. Hes had several relationships during his life, but at the moment he is married to David Furnish and the couple has one son from a surrogate mother.



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