Elton John, popularly known as Sir Elton John is a famous British singer, composer and pianist who are praised all throughout the world for his amazing song writing skills and the records that he has released. His collaboration with Bernie Taupin is something that people cherish. The friend and colleague duo have collaborated in more than 30 albums of John.
John has sold more than 300 million records throughout his career till date and has more than 50 Top 40 hits in the music charts. He has also earned #1 for seven of his released albums for the consecutive years. Apart from singing and music, John has also been a famous record producer and film actor.
John has been recipient of a number of awards through his lifetime including five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award, and several others. He is also known for his Elton John AIDS Foundation which he found post he was undergoing his own battle with AIDs. He is also an active member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Early life and education
Elton John was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex to Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen. John’s parents married when he was six years old and he grew up in his maternal grandparents’ house in Pinner and later moved to an adjoining house after his parents’ marriage.
John pursued his education from Pinner Wood Junior School and later changed schools to Reddiford School and then to Pinner County Grammar School. He dropped out of his school just before his A levels examination and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. But John’s father did not approve solely for such an unstable career and wanted him to pursue a career in banking.
Elton John – Relationships and Children
- John was set to be married to his long time girlfriend Linda Woodrow in 1960 but their engagement was called off.
- He later married Renate Blauel on February 14, 1984 who was a German record engineer. This marriage raised a lot of speculation regarding his sexuality and posts his divorce with Blauel, he came out as gay in a magazine interview.
- John signed the civil partnership forms with his boyfriend David Furnish on December 21, 2005 and was one of the first to legally sign the papers in the UK. The couple later married on December 21, 2014 after gay marriage got legalized in the United Kingdom. The couple have two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.
John rose to fame following the release of the album Empty Sky in 1969. Some of the famous songs released by him include Your Song, Crocodile Rock, Bennie and the Jets, Island Girl and the list goes on.
He again hit the top of the music charts with the song Don’t Go Breaking my Heart which he did a duet with Kiki Dee. He even released two autobiographies, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Boy and The Captain and the Kid. His latest album includes the one he released on 2016 titled as Wonderful Crazy Night.
Elton John is known to be the best original act, ever since ‘Beatles’. Some of his most memorable tracks include ‘Nikita’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘That’s What Friends are for’ and ‘True Love’.
Elton John – Net Worth
Elton John has an estimated net worth of $265 million.