Pinner County Grammar School
Royal Academy of Music
Composed music for the animated feature "Gnomeo & Juliet"; film also featured his classic songs such as "Rocket Man" (1972) and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (1976)
Earned a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Leon Russell for "If It Wasn't For Bad"
Earned a Tony Award nomination when "Billy Elliot the Musical" moved to Broadway
Ranked the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists"; also ranked third overall behind The Beatles and Madonna
Re-teamed with Taupin for "Lestat: The Musical," based on the Anne Rice vampire novels; was slammed by the critics and closed shortly after
Collaborated with Taupin for a sequel to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) titled The Captain & The Kid
Performed at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London
Composed music for a West End Theatre production of "Billy Elliot the Musical"
Began multi-year engagement titled "The Red Piano" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV
With lyricist Taupin, wrote "The Heart of Every Girl" for the drama feature "Mona Lisa Smile"; earned a Best Original Song Golden Globe nomination
Released album, Songs From The West Coast
Courted controversy by performing a duet with rapper Eminem on the telecast of the Grammy Awards
Composed (with Rice) the score for the DreamWorks animated feature "The Road to El Dorado"; also narrated the film
Received a Tony Award for "Aida," the re-worked version of "Elaborate Lives"
Debuted as executive producer of "Women Talking Dirty," the first film from Rocket Pictures; also composed original music
Appeared as himself in "Spice World"
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on February 24 for his contribution to music and his fundraising for AIDS
With Rice, wrote the score for the stage musical "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida"; premiered in Atlanta
Performed a specially re-written (by Taupin) version of "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales; released as a single with proceeds going to charities patronized by the princess
With Tim Rice, wrote new songs for the stage musical version of "The Lion King"; shared Tony nomination for Best Original Score
Relaunched Rocket Records
With lyricist Tim Rice, wrote five original songs for the Disney animated feature "The Lion King"; three were nominated for Academy Awards
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Performed for President Clinton at "An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala"
Announced profits from all his singles would go to fight against AIDS virus, beginning with "The One"
Formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund direct care services and AIDS prevention programs
Inducted into the National Songwriter Hall of Fame with longtime collaborator Taupin
Collaborated with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder on "That's What Friends Are For" to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research
Returned to the charts with hit album Too Low For Zero, which included "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
Mourned the loss of John Lennon with hit "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
Performed the Lennon tribute at a sold-out Madison Square Garden show; joined on stage by Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon
Re-teamed with Taupin to write songs for the albums 21 at 33 and The Fox
Performed before an estimated audience of 400,000 at a free concert in NYC's Central Park
Starred in feature concert film "To Russia...With Elton"
Became the first Western solo pop performer to tour in both the Soviet Union and Israel
Returned to the singles chart with "Mama Can't Buy You Love"
Recorded first album without lyrics by Taupin, A Single Man
Headlined ABC concert special "Elton John: In Concert"
Announced he was retiring from performing
Publicly announced his bisexuality in a Rolling Stone interview; later announced his was gay in the early 1990s
Recorded the semi-autobiographical song "Somebody Saved My Life Tonight," referring to his suicide attempt two weeks before his scheduled wedding to heiress Linda Woodrow
Made feature acting debut as the Pinball Wizard in Ken Russell's "Tommy"; film based on The Who's rock opera
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)
Performed with Lennon on stage at NYC's Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving Day to perform (Lennon's final appearance on any stage)
Joined John Lennon in the studio to record Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"; Lennon returned the favor, providing guitar work on John's cover of "Lucy in the Sky in Diamonds"
Released hit double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which contained the Marilyn Monroe tribute song "Candle in the Wind"
Released first No. 1 album, Honky Chateau
Formed his own MCA distributed label, Rocket
First single to hit No. 1, "Crocodile Rock"
First film credit, composing (with Taupin) and performing soundtrack music for the British romantic melodrama "Friends"
Made U.S. television debut appearance on the syndicated variety special "Monsanto Presents Mancini"
Co-produced an album by Baldry
Released first album in the U.S., Elton John
U.S. debut performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, CA
Recorded first album, Empty Sky (released in the U.S. in 1975)
First John-Taupin single recorded by John, "I've Been Loving You"
Met and began collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin; hired by music publisher Dick James as house writers for 10 pounds per week; duo spent two years collaborating with Taupin on easy listening tunes, while also recording contemporary hits for budget
Bluesology was hired as musician Long John Baldry's supporting band and began touring cabarets in England
Formed Bluesology with friends; played as a backup band for visiting American soul singers such as Patti LaBelle and Billy Stewart
Won a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at age 11
Adopted first name 'Elton' from his band's saxophonist Elton Dean
Landed a night job playing piano at the nearby Northwood Hills pub
Auditioned unsuccessfully for Liberty Records (the scouts liked his performance but disliked his material)
Known for such albums as "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Love Songs"
Adopted 'John' as his last name from Long John Baldry after touring with him for two years
Began playing piano at the age of three
Formed Rocket Pictures with partners Polly Steele and David Furnish
In 1976, John became the chairman and director of the Watford Football Club. He sold the club to Jack Petchey in 1987, but remained their life-long president. In 1997 he re-purchased the club from Petchey and once again became chairman. He stepped down in 2002 when the club needed a full-time chairman, although he continued as president of the club.
In 1987, the singer filed a libel suit against The Sun, which had mounted an all-out assault accusing him of drug orgies with under-age boys, vowing "They can say I'm a fat old sod, they can say I'm an untalented bastard, but they musn't tell lies, because I'm going to fight." John won a million pounds ($1.64 million), which was then the largest libel settlement in British history, and a front-page apology from The Sun.
In February 2006, Elton John accepted an undisclosed financial settlement of a libel lawsuit against the Sunday Times, which had repeated a false rumor that the rocker acted in a self-important, arrogant and rude manner by telling guests at a fundraising ball not to address him unless spoken to.
In April 2010, John teamed up with Cyndi Lauper to launch the "Give a Damn" campaign, which brought a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community as part of Lauper's True Colors Fund.