Sir Elton Hercules John

Sir Elton Hercules John is a world-famous pianist and singer born in Middlesex, England. He has worked with Bernie Taupin, his lyricist, for more than fifty years, and the pair have produced several hit songs and instantly recognizable classics. They worked together starting with John’s first album, “Empty Sky,” released in 1969.

His second album “Elton John” included his first hit, Your Song, which made its way to number 8 on the United States singles chart and number 7 in the United Kingdom. His first concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles set the tone for the rest of his career, where he has excelled as a live performer. John quickly become known for wearing flashy, dramatic stage outfits and his trademark sunglasses. Some of his iconic costumes have included a rhinestone-covered Dodgers uniform and Queen Elizabeth I.

In the seventies, he produced seven albums in a row that hit number one in the US. Some of the most enduring singles from that creative period include “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Honky Cat,” “Daniel,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind,” and more. In 1973, he and his associates founded their own label, The Rocket Record Company, where they released the music of artists like Neil Sedaka.

John’s work in the eighties included several collaborations with other artists, including George Michael of Wham!, and featured Stevie Wonder on his song “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.” In 1992, he and Taupin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He wrote the songs for Disney’s 1994 release “The Lion King” with Tim Rice, and won an Academy Award and a Grammy for the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2011, he began a three-year residency at the Colosseum at Caeser’s Palace in Las Vegas with a show titled The Million Dollar Piano. He was able to marry his longtime partner David Furnish in 2014, when gay marriage became legal in the UK. John announced a farewell tour in 2018, which is slated to end in 2020, after 300 shows around the globe.

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