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Elton John

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Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant. Dwight teamed up with lyricist Bernie Taupin and changed his name to Elton John (merging the names of saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry). The duo wrote songs for Lulu and Roger Cook. In the early 1970s, he recorded the concept album "Tumbleweed Connection." He became the most successful pop artist of the 1970s, and he has survived many different pop fads including punk, the New Romantics and Britpop to remain one of Britain's most internationally acclaimed musicians.Elton John announced he was a bisexual in 1976, and in 1984, he married Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years before he finally came to terms with the fact that he was actually homosexual. In the 1970s and 1980s, he suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and bulimia but came through it. He is well known as a campaigner for AIDS research and he keeps his finger on the pulse of modern music, enjoying artists such as Eminem, Radiohead, Coldplay and Robbie Williams. He was knighted in 1997.  See full bio on IMDb »

LATEST STORIES
  
Elton John's Husband -- Cops a Feel of Neil Patrick Harris' Ass!

Elton John's Husband
Cops a Feel of Neil Patrick Harris' Ass!

Please don't squeeze the Neil Patrick Harris.During a Race to Erase MS charity gala in L.A. this weekend, Elton John's husband David Furnish gave the "Doogie Howser" star a real helping hand ...… READ MORE >

Kathy Bates -- I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues

Kathy Bates
I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues

Here's legendary Oscar winning actress Kathy Bates in Beverly Hills on Wednesday (left) -- and the Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John last year (right).They don't need rose-colored glasses.We're… READ MORE >

- 1461 days ago
Elton John -- Victorious in Lyric-Stealing Lawsuit

Elton John
Victorious In Lyric-Lifting Lawsuit

Elton John has won his legal war over the lyrics to his hit song "Nikita" -- an Illinois judge has dismissed the lawsuit against the singer, which alleged Elton lifted the words.TMZ broke the… READ MORE >

- 1607 days ago
Elton John's Hubby -- We've Made PEACE with Madonna

Elton John's Hubby
We've Made PEACE with Madonna

Might be a good time to check for airborne swine ... because Elton John's husband has finally stopped TRASHING Madonna ... and has begun to sing her praises. Of course, David Furnish fired… READ MORE >

- 1629 days ago
Elton John -- I'm a Wedding Singer Now!

Elton John
I'm a Wedding Singer Now!

Elton John spent his weekend on the wedding circuit -- not as a guest, as a performer ... and one of the gigs was for Jeffrey Katzenberg's daughter ... TMZ has learned. John was a surprise guest… READ MORE >

- 1640 days ago
Madonna -- I FORGIVE ELTON JOHN!

Madonna
I FORGIVE ELTON JOHN!

Madonna is calling for an end to her feud with Elton John -- dedicating one of her songs to Sir Elton during a recent concert in France ... and saying she forgives him for calling her a… READ MORE >

- 1678 days ago
Bob Birch Dead -- Elton John Band Member Commits Apparent Suicide

Elton John
Band Member DEAD Apparent Suicide

Robert Wayne Birch, a bass guitarist who played with Elton John and Billy Joel among many other huge artists, is dead after apparently having shot and killed himself this morning ... TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1686 days ago
Sir Elton John -- Cracked Out on a Boat!

Sir Elton John
Cracked Out on a Boat!

Music legend Elton John bottomed out on a yacht in St. Tropez on Monday ... by flashing his lily-white ass to some unsuspecting peeps on a neighboring boat.While goofing around on vacation with… READ MORE >

- 1688 days ago
Elton John -- Hey Loser, I Didn't Steal Your Dumb Lyrics

Elton John
Hey Loser, I Didn't Steal Your Dumb Lyrics

Elton John insists ... he did NOT steal the lyrics to his song "Nikita" -- especially not from some NO-NAME songwriter -- despite a recent lawsuit that says otherwise ... and now, Elton's… READ MORE >

- 1689 days ago
Elton John -- Hospitalized Wednesday

Elton John
Hospitalized Wednesday

Elton John has been hospitalized for a serious respiratory infection ... and it has temporarily derailed his concerts ... TMZ has learned.Elton checked into Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. at 6 AM… READ MORE >

- 1770 days ago

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