Elton John

Singer, Composer, Pianist
The most flamboyant performer since Liberace, singer-songwriter Elton John arguably fashioned one of the greatest careers in the history of popular music. Since the songwriter first charted with the ballad "Your Song" ... Read more »
Born: 03/24/1947 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (154)

All Things Must Pass 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Road 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lady Gaga & The Muppets 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Super Duper Alice Cooper 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Sellebrity 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Union 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

LennonNYC 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Rock Doc: Elton John: Me, Myself and I 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday Elton 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

All We Are Saying 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John: The Red Piano 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John at Radio City Presented by Verizon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

NFL Opening Kickoff 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

George Michael: A Different Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Idol 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Pandemic: Facing AIDS 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 The Greatest 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

51st NBA All-Star Game 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A&E's Live By Request Starring Elton John 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

CMT Crossroads 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mary J. Blige 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Himself)

One World Jam: A Concert For Global Harmony 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Radio Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Pop Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Definitely Dusty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessye Norman Sings For the Healing of AIDS 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sandra Bernhard: Giving Them Lip 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Holiday Help-a-Thon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand and Be Counted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Billie Jean King 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cartier: Jewelers to the Kings 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shania Twain's Winter Break 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nobel Peace Concert 1998 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

An Audience With Elton John 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Host

Music For Montserrat 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 MTV Video Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elton John in Concert From Rio 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The BRIT Awards '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Special Evening With Elton John 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gershwin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sounds of Summer Preview '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 BRIT Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (09/20/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/94) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

America Comes to Graceland 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John Live! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox New Year's Eve Live 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tina Turner: Going Home 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Concert For Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John Talking With David Frost 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen: The Days of Our Lives 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute to John Lennon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cliff From the Hip 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox Presents Tommy Performed By the Who 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 MTV Video Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC Presents a Royal Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Totally Minnie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Imagine: John Lennon 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John in Australia 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John Breaking Hearts Tour 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Elton John in Central Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia Newton-John's Hollywood Nights 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Eric Clapton and His Rolling Hotel 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

To Russia... With Elton 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elton John: In Concert 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Pinball Wizard (Actor)

Being Mick (TV Show)

Actor

Monsanto Presents Mancini (TV Show)

Actor
Music (144)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Tiny Dancer") (Song Performer)

Love, Rosie 2015 (Movie)

("Tiny Dancer") (Song)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road") (Song Performer)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road") (Song)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song Performer)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

"Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" (Song Performer)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

(Original Songs) (Music)

Living in TV Land 1989 - 1998, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Song

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Brüno 2009 (Movie)

("Dove Of Peace") (Song Performer)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

("Bennie And The Jets") (Song Performer)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

("Bennie And The Jets") (Song)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

("We All Fall In Love Sometimes") (Song)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

"The Drover's Ballad" (Song Performer)

Hamlet 2 2008 (Movie)

("Someone Saved My Life Tonight") (Song)

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

("Just Like Noah's Ark") (Song)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

("Just Like Noah's Ark") (Song Performer)

Iconoclasts 2007 (Tv Show)

Composer

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters") (Song)

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

("Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

("Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word") (Song)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

("Rocket Man") (Song Performer)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

("Rocket Man") (Song)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") (Song Performer)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

("Bennie And The Jets") (Song Performer)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

("Bennie And The Jets") (Song)

Chicken Little 2005 (Movie)

("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") (Song)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("My Father's Gun") (Song Performer)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("My Father's Gun") (Song)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

("Harmony") (Song)

House of D 2005 (Movie)

("Harmony") (Song Performer)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

("Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("The Heart Of Every Girl") (Song Performer)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("The Heart Of Every Girl") (Song)

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

(Song: "Meerkat Rhapsody") (Performer)

Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

("Razor Face") (Song Performer)

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

("Razor Face") (Song)

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

(Song)

Storytelling 2002 (Movie)

("Island Girl") (Song Performer)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

("Friends") (Song)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

("Friends") (Song Performer)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song Performer)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song)

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

K-Pax 2001 (Movie)

("Rocket Man") (Song Performer)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Your Song") (Song)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

("Tiny Dancer" "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters") (Song Performer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song Performer)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

("El Dorado" "The Trail We Blaze" "Without Question" "Friends Never Say Goodbye" "Someday Out of the Blue (Theme from 'El Dorado'" "Without Question (end titles)") (Song Performer)

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

Dick 1999 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song Performer)

Dick 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 (Movie)

("Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)") (Song Performer)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

("Circle of Life") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") (Song Performer)

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

("The Muse") (Song Performer)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

music composer & performer (Music)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Carla's Song 1998 (Movie)

("Your Song") (Song)

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1998 (Movie)

("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") (Song Performer)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock") (Song Performer)

Karaoke Verite 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Sliding Doors 1998 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Sliding Doors 1998 (Movie)

("Bennie and the Jets" "Honky Cat") (Song Performer)

The Nephew 1998 (Movie)

("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road") (Song Performer)

The Nephew 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

("Rocket Man (I Think It's Gonna Be A Long Long Time)") (Song Performer)

Perfect Moment 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Rocketman 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Rocketman 1997 (Movie)

("Rocket Man") (Song Performer)

The Matchmaker 1997 (Movie)

("Candle in the Wind") (Song)

Al Jarreau: Tenderness 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

("Love Lies Bleeding" "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road") (Song Performer)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

song composer (Composer)

Shopping 1996 (Movie)

("Friends") (Song Performer)

Shopping 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

("The Border Song") (Song)

Mindbender 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

("But Not For Me" "Chapel of Love") (Song Performer)

Fox on Ice 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

("Can You Feel the Love Tonight") (Song Performer)

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Making of the Lion King 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Song

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

("Love Song") (Song Performer)

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Ferngully: the Last Rainforest 1992 (Movie)

("Some Other World") (Song Performer)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

("Stones Throw From Hurtin'") (Song)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

("Runaway Train") (Song Performer)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

(unconfirmed) (Song Performer)

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Driving Me Crazy 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Driving Me Crazy 1991 (Movie)

("I'm Still Standing") (Song Performer)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

My Own Private Idaho 1991 (Movie)

("Blue Eyes") (Song Performer)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

("You Gotta Love Someone") (Song Performer)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Song)

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

("The Measure of a Man") (Song Performer)

The Ryan White Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Song

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

("Your Song") (Song Performer)

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

The Lost Boys 1987 (Movie)

("Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me") (Song)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

("Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)") (Song Performer)

Fandango 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

One Deadly Summer 1983 (Movie)

("Don't Go Breaking My Heart") (Music)

Elton John in Central Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Summer Lovers 1982 (Movie)

("Take Me Down to the Ocean") (Song Performer)

Summer Lovers 1982 (Movie)

(Song)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

("Saturday Nite's All Right For Fighting") (Song Performer)

Oh Heavenly Dog 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Remembrance 1980 (Movie)

("Song For Guy") (Song Performer)

Remembrance 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Eric Clapton and His Rolling Hotel 1979 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

To Russia... With Elton 1978 (Movie)

("Crocodile Rock" "Daniel" "Better Off Dead" "Rocketman") (Song Performer)

To Russia... With Elton 1978 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

("Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word") (Song Performer)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

(Song)

All This and World War II 1975 (Movie)

(Performer)

La Marge 1975 (Movie)

("Saturday Night's Alright" "Funeral for a Friend") (Performer)

La Marge 1975 (Movie)

(Music)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Musician (Music)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

("Daniel") (Song Performer)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 1974 (Movie)

("Daniel") (Song)

Friends 1971 (Movie)

(Music)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Song

John and Yoko: A Love Story (TV Show)

Song Performer

Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Song

Remembering Marilyn (TV Show)

Song Performer

The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Show)

Song
Producer (3)

Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... 1997 - 1998, 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Women Talking Dirty 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987 (Movie)

(Production Associate)

Biography

The most flamboyant performer since Liberace, singer-songwriter Elton John arguably fashioned one of the greatest careers in the history of popular music. Since the songwriter first charted with the ballad "Your Song" in 1970, hardly a year passed without one of his tunes charting on Billboard's Top 40. Elvis Presley may have burned brighter faster with 10 No. 1 singles in 1956-57, but John's hit-making streak - beginning with "Rocket Man" and ending with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" - of 16 Top 20 hits in a row (of those, only "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" failed to make it to the Top 10) from 1972-76 made him to the 1970s what Presley had been to the 1950s, and The Beatles to the 1960s. In 1971, John became the first act since The Beatles to have four albums on the American Top 10 simultaneously, beginning with 1972's Honky Chateau. Ultimately, he achieved the rate feat of releasing seven consecutive No. 1 albums. Some industry calculations estimated that his music once accounted for as much as three percent of annual sales worldwide. While drug and alcohol abuse dulled the hit-making apparatus throughout the hazy 1980s, the celebrated singer, composer and piano player remained a formidable live draw, appearing in elaborate stage shows wearing outrageous costumes and equally absurd eyewear. After emerging clean and sober from rehab in 1990, John widened the scope of his artistry and philanthropy to become a mainstay on Broadway and animated musical features, as well as one of the world's most outspoken advocates for AIDS research. With his knighthood, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, John's legacy as true entertainment royalty was secured.

Relationships

Renate Blauel

Wife
Married on Feb. 14, 1984 Divorced on Nov. 18, 1988

Stanley Dwight

Father
Divorced John's mother when he was 15

Sheila Farebrother

Mother
Divorced John's father when he was 15; later re-married painter Fred Farebrother

Fred Farebrother

Step-Father

David Furnish Executive Producer

Husband
Began relationship in 1993 Furnish left his job as an account director at Ogilvy & Mather to make a documentary about John called "Tantrums & Tiaras" (1997); were also partners in Rocket Pictures Entered a civil partnership in Berkshire, England on Dec. 21, 2005, the first day on which same-sex couples were allowed a legal status comparable to marriage

Zachary Furnish-John

Son
Born Dec. 25, 2010 in California via surrogate mother; father, David Furnish Singer Lady Gaga was chosen as one of Zachary's godmothers

Elijah Furnish-John

Son
Born Jan. 11, 2013 via surrogate; father, David Furnish

Sean Lennon Executive Producer

Godchild

John Reid

Companion
John lost his virginity to Reid at the age of 23; lived together for five years Reid reportedly mismanaged the singer's assets and was fired by John in 1999

John Scott

Companion
Ran the Elton John AIDS Foundation No longer together

Hugh Williams Actor

Companion
Williams persuaded John to join him in rehab in 1989 No longer together

Linda Woodrow

Companion
Engaged in the late 1960s; engagement so panicked John that he reportedly put his head in the oven shortly before the wedding No longer together

EDUCATION

Pinner County Grammar School

Royal Academy of Music

1958 - 1964
Attended on a piano scholarship from age 11; dropped out just before final exams to pursue a show business career

Milestones

2011

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)

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Leon Russell for "If It Wasn't For Bad"

2009

Earned a Tony Award nomination when "Billy Elliot the Musical" moved to Broadway

2008

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

2006

Collaborated with Taupin for a sequel to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975) titled The Captain & The Kid

2006

Re-teamed with Taupin for "Lestat: The Musical," based on the Anne Rice vampire novels; was slammed by the critics and closed shortly after

2005

Performed at the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London

2005

Composed music for a West End Theatre production of "Billy Elliot the Musical"

2004

Began multi-year engagement titled "The Red Piano" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV

2003

With lyricist Taupin, wrote "The Heart of Every Girl" for the drama feature "Mona Lisa Smile"; earned a Best Original Song Golden Globe nomination

2001

Courted controversy by performing a duet with rapper Eminem on the telecast of the Grammy Awards

2001

Released album, Songs From The West Coast

2000

Composed (with Rice) the score for the DreamWorks animated feature "The Road to El Dorado"; also narrated the film

2000

Received a Tony Award for "Aida," the re-worked version of "Elaborate Lives"

1999

Debuted as executive producer of "Women Talking Dirty," the first film from Rocket Pictures; also composed original music

1998

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on February 24 for his contribution to music and his fundraising for AIDS

1998

Appeared as himself in "Spice World"

1998

With Rice, wrote the score for the stage musical "Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida"; premiered in Atlanta

1997

With Tim Rice, wrote new songs for the stage musical version of "The Lion King"; shared Tony nomination for Best Original Score

1997

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

1995

Relaunched Rocket Records

1994

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1994

With lyricist Tim Rice, wrote five original songs for the Disney animated feature "The Lion King"; three were nominated for Academy Awards

1993

Performed for President Clinton at "An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala"

1992

Formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation to fund direct care services and AIDS prevention programs

1992

Announced profits from all his singles would go to fight against AIDS virus, beginning with "The One"

1988

Inducted into the National Songwriter Hall of Fame with longtime collaborator Taupin

1985

Collaborated with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder on "That's What Friends Are For" to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research

1983

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"

1982

Performed the Lennon tribute at a sold-out Madison Square Garden show; joined on stage by Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon

1982

Mourned the loss of John Lennon with hit "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"

1980

Performed before an estimated audience of 400,000 at a free concert in NYC's Central Park

1980

Re-teamed with Taupin to write songs for the albums 21 at 33 and The Fox

1979

Starred in feature concert film "To Russia...With Elton"

1979

Became the first Western solo pop performer to tour in both the Soviet Union and Israel

1979

Returned to the singles chart with "Mama Can't Buy You Love"

1978

Recorded first album without lyrics by Taupin, A Single Man

1977

Headlined ABC concert special "Elton John: In Concert"

1977

Announced he was retiring from performing

1976

Publicly announced his bisexuality in a Rolling Stone interview; later announced his was gay in the early 1990s

1975

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)

1975

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

1975

Made feature acting debut as the Pinball Wizard in Ken Russell's "Tommy"; film based on The Who's rock opera

1974

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"

1974

Performed with Lennon on stage at NYC's Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving Day to perform (Lennon's final appearance on any stage)

1973

Released hit double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which contained the Marilyn Monroe tribute song "Candle in the Wind"

1972

Released first No. 1 album, Honky Chateau

1972

First single to hit No. 1, "Crocodile Rock"

1972

Formed his own MCA distributed label, Rocket

1970

Made U.S. television debut appearance on the syndicated variety special "Monsanto Presents Mancini"

1970

First film credit, composing (with Taupin) and performing soundtrack music for the British romantic melodrama "Friends"

1970

Co-produced an album by Baldry

1969

U.S. debut performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles, CA

1969

Released first album in the U.S., Elton John

1968

Recorded first album, Empty Sky (released in the U.S. in 1975)

1968

First John-Taupin single recorded by John, "I've Been Loving You"

1967

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

1966

Bluesology was hired as musician Long John Baldry's supporting band and began touring cabarets in England

1964

Formed Bluesology with friends; played as a backup band for visiting American soul singers such as Patti LaBelle and Billy Stewart

1958

Won a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at age 11

Landed a night job playing piano at the nearby Northwood Hills pub

Adopted 'John' as his last name from Long John Baldry after touring with him for two years

Auditioned unsuccessfully for Liberty Records (the scouts liked his performance but disliked his material)

Began playing piano at the age of three

Adopted first name 'Elton' from his band's saxophonist Elton Dean

Formed Rocket Pictures with partners Polly Steele and David Furnish

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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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.

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"I sustained my success because I was always pretty good live, but I wasn't very happy with some of the work I did. How could I be? I wasn't there half the time, mentally or physically. All I cared about was coming offstage and finding out where the cocaine was. The first five years of my career weren't like that; you could see the innocence, the spark in my eyes." – John to Richard Corliss in Time magazine, March 13, 1995

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"Somebody asked me the other day, 'What are you most proud of in your career?' And I said, 'The fact that Bernie [Taupin] and I love each other more now than we've ever done, and the fact that we're still writing wonderful songs together when we've been working together 28 years. He came to me from Lincolnshire with the smallest suitcase you've ever seen. In the first few years we lived in my parents' apartment, in the bunk beds, which will stay with us forever. He was the brother I never had. He was the first man I ever fell in love with. But it was never a sexual thing at all. He was the person, the friend I had wanted all my life." – John to Ingrid Sischy in Interview magazine, April 1995

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"I love promiscuity, but why should I sabotage my life? Every performer has that self-destruct element somewhere inside. I'd love to have a glass of red wine, but why should I destroy my life just for that? My career is still there; I have a great art collection, a fabulous relationship. But if I were to go and f*ck one boy and take one line of coke or one drink, my whole life would be in ruins." – John quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, July 1997

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"I looked like Jabba the Hut. I had lost my sense of values completely. When you do drugs you get lazy and become a slovenly person. And you feel terrible shame. And you know you're being a pig; your whole life is a web of lies and deceit. You're always covering your tracks. You think people don't know you're trying to hide what you're doing, but of course they know. I was going downhill at an alarming rate. I couldn't afford to go on much longer, but I don't know if I could have had the honesty or humility to do something about it on my own. Most people need a little kick." – John to Leslie Bennets in Vanity Fair magazine, November 1997

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"Some people aren't as driven as I am. Sitting around doing nothing doesn't appeal to me. The thing that saved my life was that I worked. No matter what shape I was in, I still managed to perform and make records. I love to tour. The greatest thing in the world is to get onstage. Some nights you feel wonderful and it just doesn't happen. Other nights you've got a headache, but it just goes away. It has always been an escape for me to be performing. I think most performers are seeking attention, seeking approval. The tragedy is when you don't know how to be offstage." – John quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, November 1997

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"My first royal meeting was a dinner with Princess Margaret at a restaurant. A friend of mine, Bryan Forbes, took us to dinner with her. It was in Hampstead, and I felt like I didn't know which fork went with what knife, and I was terrified. John Reid and I both went. And then I got invited to Royal Lodge, Windsor, which is just across the road from my house. I played the piano and did the Highland Fling with the Queen Mother, and had a brilliant time. I've had a few occasions in my life when I've thought, 'God, I was born on the cow sloughs in Pinner, and here I am in these surroundings.'" – John quoted in Interview magazine, January 1998

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"I think every artist has five years – I had a five-year spurt from '70 to '75 – where you're just on that roller-coaster ride and you can't do anything wrong. I was intelligent enough to know that that would not always happen." – John to Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 5, 2004

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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.

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"I want to work with Pharrell, Timbaland, Snoop, Kanye, Eminem and just see what happens. It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try." – John on wanting to blend his hit songs with hip-hop beats, to Rolling Stone magazine, September 2006

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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.

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John was hospitalized for a serious respiratory infection on May 23, 2012. Doctors ordered the singer to cancel his performances in Las Vegas, NV in order to rest and receive antibiotic treatment.

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