Elton John Basic Information
|Reginald Kenneth Dwight
|Singer, Pianist, Composer
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|25 March 1947 (76 Years Old)
|Place of Birth:
|Pinner, Middlesex, England
|Royal Academy of Music,
Pinner County Grammar School
Elton John Biography
Hercules, Sir Elton John CH CBE is a British vocalist, pianist, and composer who was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947. John, who gained the moniker “the Rocket Man” following his popular song of the same name from 1972, has had a long and successful solo career, releasing 31 albums since 1969. John has been working with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, and both musicians and reviewers praise him for his work in the 1970s and his long-lasting influence on the music business. John’s music and stage presence have made a big difference in popular music. One of the most prosperous songwriting partnerships in history is his and Taupin’s.
John, a Pinner native who began playing the piano at a young age, went on to found Bluesology in 1962, a blues band he remained a part of until 1967. After responding to a call for songwriters in 1967, he and Taupin eventually became musical partners. For two years, John served as a session musician for musicians as they wrote songs for other artists. John’s first album, Empty Sky, was published in 1969. His first top ten hit in the UK and the US was “Your Song,” which he recorded in 1970 after establishing the Elton John Band.
John’s popularity with critics peaked in the 1970s, when he put out a string of US and UK number-one albums, starting with Honky Château in 1972 and ending with Rock of the Westies (1975). In both the 1980s and 1990s, John maintained his popularity and had a number of top singles and albums. Since then, he has continued to release new music. He has also found success as a composer for theater productions of Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical as well as musical movies like The Lion King. John’s greatest hits album, Diamonds, which includes his hits from 1970 to 2016, was released in 2017.
John started his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in 2018, and it will end in 2023. 2019 saw the release of John’s autobiography, Me. In the same year, the biopic Rocketman dramatized his life and musical career. John has appeared in cameo roles in numerous movies and television programs, despite not appearing in his own biopic.
The life and career of British artist Elton John are the subject of the 2019 biographical musical drama film Rocketman. The movie, titled “Rocket Man” after John’s 1972 song, is directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall. It tells the tale of John in his formative years in England as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music. Taron Egerton plays John in the movie; Jamie Bell plays Taupin; Richard Madden plays John Reid; and Bryce Dallas Howard plays John’s mother, Sheila Eileen.
His Lavish Windsor Home
The musician bought his Windsor estate, Woodside, for £400,000 following the success of his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Sir Elton has opted for traditional décor throughout the home, after carrying out extensive renovations of the “kitsch” property in the 1980s.
His Holland Park mansion
Sir Elton John chose Holland Park as the location for his London home. In 2003, he sold off many of the contents from the home – including historic paintings and furniture – at auction, so he could redecorate. While the father-of-two hasn’t shared many glimpses inside the property, he did showcase the library in an Instagram post after returning to London during the coronavirus pandemic.
His Two Los Angeles Mansions
Sir Elton has two neighbouring homes in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and it is where the singer isolated with his husband David Furnish and their two sons during the lockdown. In 2012, the couple bought the first of their homes when they bought a 5,000-square-foot property with a swimming pool and expansive garden, and cinema room. Meanwhile, in 2021 the couple snapped up their neighbour’s mansion for $8.5million in 2021. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two swimming pools, so makes an incredible compound combined with their home next door.
A Summer Retreat In Nice, France
Sir Elton bought a 1920s villa in Nice, France, in the 1990s, and reports suggest it is worth more than £15million. The home is private and luxurious with large gardens, a pool and vast art and china collections.
Sir Elton’s Venice Apartment
The 75-year-old also reportedly owns a one-bedroom apartment in a 17th-century palazzo on the island of Giudecca in Venice, however, few details are known about the home.
His Atlanta Condo
Los Angeles isn’t the only US city where Sir Elton has a residence. Back in 1993, the singer bought his first US home in Atlanta – a condo on the 36th floor of a high-rise building.
Sir Elton John and his now ex-husband David Furnish’s first child is 10-year-old boy Zachary and he was followed by his younger brother, 8-year-old Elijah. Elton’s eldest son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born on Christmas Day in 2010 and plays for Watford Academy. Elton and David used the same egg donor for both kids, but so far have not found out which of them is the biological father of either child. Elton’s youngest son was born on on January 11, 2013.
Elton John and David Furnish began dating 25 years ago in 1993. In May 2005 Elton popped the question at a dinner party in one of their homes in Old Windsor. The pair entered into a civil partnership in December of that year with the ceremony taking place in Windsor. After the legalisation of gay marriage in 2014, the pair retroactively converted their civil partnership to a marriage. The ceremony was held in Windsor on their ninth anniversary on December 21, 2014.
Stanley Dwight is Elton John’s birth father. Stanley was born on 24th January, 1925. He was the son of Edwin Dwight and his wife Ellen Shirley. Stanley Dwight was married first time to Sheila Eileen Harris in March, 1945. He was Divorced on 4th May, 1962. He was married for the second time to Edna M Clough on 28th December, 1962.
Sheila Eileen Harris
Sheila Eileen Dwight (born Harris) was born in 1927, to Frederick George Harris and Ivy Harris. Sheila married Stanley Dwight in 1945, at age 24. In 1962 when she was 40, they got divorced. She then remarried Frederick J Farebrother at age 41. She passed away on December 5 2017, at age 90 in West Sussex, England.
John has been active in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s and raises money for HIV/AIDS charities outside of the music industry. In 1992, after Freddie Mercury and Ryan White passed away, John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation. A year later, he started hosting his Foundation Academy Awards Party, which has grown to be one of the most prestigious Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. The foundation has raised more than £300 million since its founding.