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Elton John Biography

Also Credited As: Sir Elton John
 
Date Of Birth:
March 25, 1947 (74)
Birth Place:
ENGLAND
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 25, 1947 (74)

Birth Place: ENGLAND

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

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.

Elton John Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Olivier Awards - 2010 - The Audience Award for Most Popular Show
Elton John, Billy Elliot
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Play
Elton John, Next Fall
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2009 - Best Original Score Gold Star
Elton John, Billy Elliot
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Best Musical Gold Star
Elton John, Billy Elliot
 
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Elton John, Billy Elliot, The Musical
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Music Gold Star
Elton John, Billy Elliot
 
Olivier Awards - 2006 - Best New Musical Gold Star
Elton John, Billy Elliot
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Elton John, Aida
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Musical Gold Star
Elton John, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Elton John, The Lion King