Elton John: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation: singer
  • Real name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
  • Sign: Aries
  • Date of birth: Tuesday 25 March 1947 (age: 73)
  • Country: England

Elton John, real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight, was born on March 25, 1947 in Pinner in Middlesex, England. An only son, he was brought up by his mother, Sheila Farebrother, a civil servant, after his parents’ divorce. From an early age, the boy was immersed in music; his father played the trumpet, his aunt played the piano, and whenever his parents argued, he locked himself in his room to listen to music. As a child prodigy, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London at the age of 11 and won First Prize for piano in 1964. Two years later, he made his keyboard debut in the rhythm’n’blues band, Bluesology, and chose a stage name in a nod to the band’s musicians (Elton Dean and Long John Baldry). In 1967, his meeting with lyricist Bernie Taupin was a real turning point in his career and the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.

In 1969, Elton John brought out his first album Empty Sky, which included the song Your song, which became a huge hit the following year. In his creative vein, the singer propelled to the top of the charts with two albums in 1972 (Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the water). The following year, he created his own record company, Rocket. He wrote at a steady pace and most of these albums went to the top of the charts with numerous hits (1973; Candle in the wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Saturday Night’s Alright (For fighting)). The 1980s marked a turning point in his musical style, with Elton John producing more and more ballads (Blue Eyes in 1982, Sad songs in 1984).

In 1990, the song Sacrifice from the album Sleeping with the past was added to the artist’s long list of hits. But despite his worldwide success, the singer hides his lack of self-confidence behind his flamboyant style. His numerous addictions will lead him to detoxification in 1990. Having become sober, the artist begins a new life, more peaceful, he no longer tries to hide behind his huge glasses and abandons eccentric stage costumes. In 1994, he signed the soundtrack of Walt Disney’s cartoon The Lion King, and received the Oscar for best original song for the title Can you feel the love tonight. Later, he composed other film scores (The Muse in 1999, The Road to El Dorado in 2000) or musicals (Aïda in 1998, Billy Elliot in 2005). In the 2000s, he published several opuses (notably Peachtree Road, The Captain & the Kid) with his lyricist Bernie Taupin, who has been with him since his beginnings. In September 2013, his album The Diving Board (his thirtieth solo album) was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. During The Diving Board Tour in 2014, Elton John revisits his forty-five year career on stage. In April 2017, he cancelled a series of concerts due to health problems.

A generous and committed artist, he does not hesitate to lend his image to various causes. In 1992, he created the Elton John Foundation for the fight against AIDS. In 1997, he performed the title (rewritten for the occasion) Candle in the Wind at the funeral of his friend Princess Diana of England. Sales of the single brought in $30 million, which was donated to the Diana Foundation. In 2008, he publicly supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president and gave a concert entitled Elton and Hillary: One Night Only, the proceeds of which were used to finance part of the election campaign.

In 1998, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth of England, and received the dual title of Commander and Knight of the Order of the British Empire under the name Sir Elton.

On February 16, 2020, in the middle of a concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Elton John left the stage on the arm of a doctor. The singer announced a little later on social networks that he was suffering from pneumonia.

On the private side, he announced his bisexuality in 1976 in the columns of Rolling Stone magazine. At the time, he shared the life of his manager John Reid. But surprise, on February 14, 1984, he marries Renate Blauel, a young woman of German origin who also works with him, she is his sound engineer. The couple divorced in 1988. In 1993 he met his soul mate, David Furnish, a Canadian director 15 years his junior. On December 21, 2005, the first day that the new law on same-sex marriage came into force in England, the couple signed a civil pact. Together they have two sons, born through surrogacy; Zachary Jackson Levon (born 25/12/2010) and Elijah Daniel Joseph (born 11/01/2013). On December 21, 2014, nine years after their civil union, Elton John and David Furnish are married in Windsor.