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Also Credited As: Sir Elton John

Birth Place: ENGLAND

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Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time.
Elton has achieved 26 gold, 38 platinum or multi-platinum and 1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi-platinum, and 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, Candle In The Wind 1997, which sold over 33 million copies. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit.
Elton is the most successful solo male in the history of the American charts and the third most successful artist overall, behind only Madonna and the Beatles. He has logged 67 Hot 100 entries between 1970 and 2000, including nine No. 1s and 27 top 10s. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles.
Elton was born on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England, and given the name Reginald Kenneth Dwight. At the age of three he astonished his family by sitting at the piano and playing The Skater’s Waltz by ear. At the age of 11 he was awarded a scholarship as a Junior Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Music and he attended the Academy on Saturday mornings for the next four years.
Besides his knighthood, Elton’s landmark awards include Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, 1991; Songwriters Hall of Fame (with Bernie Taupin), 1992; Officer of Arts & Letters (France) 1993; induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1994; Polar Music Prize, 1995; MusiCares Person of the Year, 2000; Kennedy Center Honor, 2004; Billboard Magazine Legend of Live Award, 2006; Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award (with Bernie Taupin), 2013; BRITs Icon Award, 2013; Rockefeller Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013 and the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership Award, 2013. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music and in 2004 he became a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers.
Elton has won 13 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2001, been nominated for a Grammy Award 11 times (winning in 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2000), and received the Grammy Legend Award in 2001. Three of his albums have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, including his 1970 eponymous album. Elton has 4 Oscar Award nominations (winning in 1995 and 2020), and a Tony Award (with 4 nominations) for Best Original Score for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in 2000.

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Duncan Laurence Releases New Album 'Skyboy'

Nodding to formative influences a la Elton John, Freddy Mercury, and Rolling Stones, Duncan channeled raw energy and emotion with powerhouse vocal performances and his most open-hearted songwriting yet. He most recently teased the album with the standout “Rest In Peace,” generating over 1 million streams.

The Jeff Awards to Honor Robert Falls With Special Equity Theater Award

Learn more about the upcoming Jeff Awards ceremony where renowned director Robert Falls will be honored with the Special Equity Theater Award. Find out the date and venue for the event and get all the details about this prestigious award and Falls' well-deserved recognition.

Capital City Theatre Announces Exciting 2023-24 Season

Capital City Theatre (CCT) announces its 2023-2024 Season with a kickoff performance from Liza Minelli's former 'Piano Man' and bandleader, Johnny Rodgers.

Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of THE MASKED SINGER on FOX - Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Get all the scoop on THE MASKED SINGER, airing on FOX on Wednesday, September 27, 2023! The anniversary season will introduce all-new themed episodes, including “Trolls Night,” ahead of the much-anticipated November release of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Band Together, a special “Harry Potter Night,' and more. Watch the video now!

Jake Shears Shares Erol Alkan Rework Of 'Doses (Feat. Big Freedia)'

Having scooped two Olivier Awards for his Tammy Faye musical earlier this year, with music from Shears and Elton John, news followed that Jake would soon be making his own West End debut. He has joined the cast of theatrical phenomenon ‘Cabaret’ at the Kit Kat Club from September 25th, starring alongside Self Esteem until the new year.

DISNEY'S THE LION KING To Play Return Engagement At Popejoy Hall, November 5

Casting announced for Disney's The Lion King at Popejoy. Get all the details on the upcoming production.

KENNY WAYNE SHEPARD: DIRT ON MY DIAMOND TOUR Comes To To Perform At Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, February 7

Kenny Wayne Shepherd announces tour dates in support of upcoming album, 'Dirt On My Diamonds, Vol. 1.' Listen to his latest single, 'Sweet & Low.' Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will perform at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on February 7, 2024. Tickets on sale Friday, September 22.

International LGBTQ+ Pop Artist Barak Releases New Single 'Mood'

Inspired by the likes of icons Lady Gaga, Anastasia and Elton John BARAK’s musical style seamlessly combines dance, pop and a multitude of electronic elements to create an unforgettable international sound that has been captivating audiences across Europe. With an overwhelmingly large following within the LGBTQ+ community.

Todd Mosby Releases New Album 'LAND OF ENCHANTMENT'

Todd Mosby's Land of Enchantment is a new album produced by Jeffrey Weber and features A-list musicians Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Charlie Bisharat, Dapo Torimiro, and more.

Curtis Stigers To Share Three Decades of His Music at Club Passim in October

Singer, songwriter, saxophonist, and guitarist Curtis Stigers will share his latest album, This Life, at Club Passim on October 16. Learn how to purchase tickets!

The Rolling Stones Share Lady Gaga Duet Lyrics

The Rolling Stones are teaming up with Lady Gaga on their new album, 'Hackney Diamond.' The band has now debuted the lyrics for the new single, which is titled 'Sweet Sound of Heaven.' “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven” also features keys & piano from Stevie Wonder. Read the new lyrics now!

Elton John & More Join Lady Gaga on The Rolling Stones' New Album

Late drummer Charlie Watts is featured on two tracks. “Live By The Sword” features bass from former Stones bassist Bill Wyman. “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven” featuring vocals from Lady Gaga and keys & piano from Stevie Wonder, “Bite My Head Off” with bass from Paul McCartney, and “Get Close” and ‘Live By The Sword’” with piano from Elton John.


Bob Dylan Center Presents  An Evening with Bernie Taupin at Tulsa PAC. This event is celebrating the publication of his memoir Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me. Learn more about the event and how to get tickets here!

BWW Q&A: Mandy Gonzalez On Performing With Javier Muñoz at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ

Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz, the Broadway stars of Hamilton and In the Heights, will celebrate today’s greatest composers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz and other extraordinary songwriters on Friday, September 29th.

Shaina Taub Extends Solo Residency at Joe's Pub with Three Additional Shows

Award-winning singer-songwriter Shaina Taub will return to New York City’s Joe’s Pub for a trio of headline shows set for September 20, October 25, and December 5.

Hailey Kilgore, Derek Klena, Javier Muñoz & Ali Stroker to Join The New York Pops Season Opening Concert at Carnegie Hall

The New York Pops—led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke— will open its 2023-24 season with a brand-new concert program, featuring Hailey Kilgore, Derek Klena, Javier Muñoz & Ali Stroker. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Kauffman Center Presents Gladys Knight, November 19

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced a new addition to the fall 2023 shows, Gladys Knight, Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Gladys Knight is known as the 'Empress of Soul' for very good reason.

Jerry Mitchell Will Direct West End Production Of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

BroadwayWorld has learned Jerry Mitchell will direct the West End production of The Devil Wears Prada, replacing Anna D. Shapiro who directed the world premiere at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre. Prior to the West End run, the show will have its UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

COLD WAR KIDS Share New Song 'Another Name' & Announce Headline Tour

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Elton John has written 5 shows including The Lion King (Composer), Aida (Composer), Vampire Lestat (Composer), Billy Elliot (Composer), The Devil Wears Prada (Composer).

The Audience Award for Most Popular Show (Olivier Awards) for Billy Elliot , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Next Fall , Best Original Score (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Billy Elliot , Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Billy Elliot , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Billy Elliot, The Musical , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Elliot , Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Billy Elliot , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Aida Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion King and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Lion King .

Best Original Score (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Billy Elliot, Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Billy Elliot, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Elliot, Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Billy Elliot Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Aidaand Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for The Lion King.

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