Elton John

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Elton John

English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor add

Category: Music

Born in 1947.

Countries: United States (43%), United Kingdom (35%), (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper, Nigel Olsson

Linked to: Billboard, Dionne Warwick, Buckingham Palace, Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party




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Elton John was born in 1947 add something


The Dwights were keen record buyers, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, and John remembers being immediately hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956 add something


Bernie Andrews - He was known for his record library, at one time owning a collection of every 45rpm pop record released in Britain since 1958 later sold to Elton John


In the late 1960s, John was engaged to be married to his first lover, secretary Linda Woodrow, who is mentioned in the song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" add something


Dezo Hoffmann - He earned international acclaim in the 1960s, shooting photographs of well known pop and showbiz personalities, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, The Kinks, The Shadows, Tom Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Elton John, Omar_Sharif and Pink Floyd


In 1964, Dwight and his friends formed a band called Bluesology add something


In 1966, the band became musician Long John Baldry's supporting band and played 16 times at The Marquee Club add something


He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date add something


John has written with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin since 1967 when he answered an advertisement for talent placed in the popular UK music publication, "New Musical Express", by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams add something


Ray Williams (producer) - In 1967, he discovered Elton John and introduced him to Bernie Taupin


The team of John and Taupin joined Dick James's DJM Records as staff songwriters in 1968, and over the next two years wrote material for various artists, like Roger Cook and Lulu add something


Dee Murray - Before joining Elton John as his touring sidemen, Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson were members of the Spencer Davis Group in 1968-1970


In 1969, John provided piano for Roger Hodgson on his first released recording, the single "Mr. Boyd" by Argosy, a quartet that was completed by Caleb Quaye and Nigel Olsson add something


In 1969, with Quaye, drummer Roger Pope, and bassist Tony Murray, John recorded another single, "Lady Samantha", and an album, "Empty Sky" add something


Their early output included a contender for the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, for Lulu, called "Can't Go On " add something


Ken Scott - Shortly after completion of the Procol Harum album "A Salty Dog", he left EMI for the independent Trident Studios in late 1969 at the suggestion of Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon


An album containing remixes of songs that John recorded in the 1970s called "Good Morning to the Night" was released in July 2012 add something


Since 1970, John's band, of which he is the pianist and lead singer, has been known as the Elton John Band add something


The band has had multiple line-up changes, but Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone, and Ray Cooper have been members since 1970 and 1972 add something


Backed by ex-Spencer Davis Group drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray, John's first American concert took place at The Troubadour in Los Angeles in August 1970, and was a success add something


The concept album "Tumbleweed Connection" was released in October 1970, and reached the Top Ten on the Billboard 200 add something


James Newton Howard - After Howard left college, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s


Davey Johnstone - Even while playing alongside other artists such as Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Johnstone was never very far from Elton's projects and, following his reunion with original band mates Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray full-time for 1982's "Jump Up" tour, has since rarely been absent from an Elton John album track or tour


Mylon LeFevre - From 1970 through 1980, he recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy_Joel, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, & the Who, among others


Francis Monkman - He played Minimoog and harpsichord on Elton John's second album " Elton John" in 1970; he contributed to the Renaissance album "Prologue" , worked with Al Stewart including contributing to the album "Past, Present and Future" and toured with The Shadows on their 20 Golden Greats Tour


Penny Valentine - In 1970 she left "Disc" to join a new magazine, "Sounds", and in 1973 was hired by her friend Elton John to become the press officer for his record label, Rocket Records


Brenda Russell - In her late teens she joined the Toronto production of "Hair", during which time she had begun to play the piano. In the early 1970s she married musician Bryan Russell and they released two albums on Elton John's Rocket label, "Word Called Love" and "Supersonic Lover"


Mal Pope - In the early 1970s, a tape of Pope's songs was sent by his brother to BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel, who invited Pope to perform at the BBC. The session resulted in a recording contract with Elton John's recording company Rocket Records


Ray Cooper - In the late 1970s Cooper toured with Elton John as a duo in which Elton would play a solo set and be joined by Cooper on percussion for the second half of the concerts


Davey Johnstone - It was during his work with Magna Carta that he caught the attention of producer Gus Dudgeon who asked Johnstone to play on Bernie Taupin's eponymous 1970 solo album, which resulted in a meeting with Elton John and Johnstone playing on his 1971 album "Madman Across the Water


Nigel Olsson - Only permitted at first to play on one track of John's studio albums, Olsson and Murray were added, along with guitarist Davey Johnstone, who was newest to the band, and all teamed up to play and sing backing vocals on Elton John's early 1970s albums


David Ackles - Taupin and Ackles became acquainted when Ackles was selected to be the opening act for Elton John's 1970 American debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles


Tim McGraw - The album featured a cover version of Elton John's early 1970s classic "Tiny Dancer", as well as appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal"


In 1972, Davey Johnstone joined the "'Elton John Band"' on guitar and backing vocals add something


Within only a three-year span, between 1972 and 1975 John saw seven consecutive albums reach number one in the US, which had not been accomplished before add something


John Palmer (musician) - After 1972's "Bandstand" and a U.S. tour as the warmup act for Elton John, Palmer left Family to form a group with fellow Family alumnus Ric Grech, but that effort never got anywhere


Jim Cregan - He toured North America with the band, as the support act for Elton John, in the autumn of 1972


Jean-Luc Ponty - In 1972, Elton John invited Ponty to contribute to his Honky Chateau album.


David Ackles - "American Gothic," released in 1972, was produced by Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin


In early September, John contacted his writing partner Bernie Taupin, asking him to revise the lyrics of his 1973 song "Candle in the Wind" to honour Diana, and Taupin rewrote the song accordingly add something


The pop album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" came out at the start of 1973, and produced the hits "Crocodile Rock" and "Daniel"; the former became his first US Billboard Hot 100 number one hit add something


Paul Gambaccini - He attributes his broadcasting career to this post and especially an interview in 1973 with Elton John which brought him to the attention of BBC Radio producer John Walters who arranged for him to present on BBC Radio 1


In 1974 a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Lennon appearing on John's single cover of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", the b-side of which was Lennon's "One Day at a Time add something


The Beach Boys - Beach Boys vocals were heard on Elton John's 1974 hit "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"


By 1975, the pressures of stardom had begun to take a serious toll on him add something


Drawing on power chords, John's version was recorded and used for the movie release in 1975 and the single came out in 1976 add something


On the 1975 autobiographical album "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy", John revealed his previously ambiguous personality, with Taupin's lyrics describing their early days as struggling songwriters and musicians in London add something


To celebrate five years since he first appeared at the venue, in 1975 John played a two-night, four-show stand at The Troubadour add something


On 9 August 1975, John was named the outstanding rock personality of the year at the first annual Rock Music awards at ceremonies held in Santa Monica, California add something


In October 1975, John became the 1,662nd person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame add something


Veljko Despot - At his post in record business in Croatia he initiates and helped bringing to Yugoslavia many important artists, like Deep Purple in 1975, The Rolling Stones , Paul McCartney & Wings , Queen , Elton John , Dire Straits , Laurie Anderson , Eros Ramazzotti , Pet Shop Boys , David Bowie and many more


His biggest success in 1976 was "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", a duet with Kiki Dee that topped both the American and British charts add something


In 1976, the live album "Here and There" was released in May, followed by the "Blue Moves" album in October, which contained the single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" add something


John became chairman and director of Watford Football Club in 1976, appointing Graham Taylor as manager and investing large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the First Division add something


John had come out as bisexual in a 1976 interview with "Rolling Stone", but after his divorce from Blauel in 1988 he told the magazine that he was "comfortable" being gay add something


In November 1977 John announced he was retiring from performing; Taupin began collaborating with others add something


Sylvester Levay - Between 1977 and 1980 he composed and produced for Elton John, Silver Convention, and others


Now only producing one album a year, John issued "A Single Man" in 1978, employing a new lyricist, Gary Osborne; the album produced no singles that made the Top 20 in the US but the two singles from the album released in the UK, Part-Time Love and Song for Guy, both made the Top 20 in the UK with the latter reaching the Top 5 add something


William Shatner - He performed a reading of the Elton John song "Rocket Man" during the 1978 Science Fiction Film *awards that has been widely parodied


Lonnie Donegan - He returned to the public's attention in 1978, when he made a record of his early songs with such figures as Rory Gallagher, Ringo Starr, Elton John and Brian May called "Putting on the Style"


In 1979, John and Taupin reunited, though they did not collaborate on a full album until 1983's "Too Low For Zero" add something


In 1979, accompanied by Ray Cooper, John became one of the first Western solo artists to tour the Soviet Union , mounted a two-man comeback tour of the US in small halls add something


John returned to the singles chart with "Mama Can't Buy You Love" , a song originally rejected in 1977 by MCA before being released, recorded in 1977 with Philadelphia soul producer Thom Bell add something


Udo Lindenberg - In 1979, "Der Detektiv" was the second Rock Revue, in which more international hits such as "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John, "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "My Little Town" and "As Time Goes By" were "Germanized"


His albums continued to sell, but of the six released in the latter half of the 1980s, only "Reg Strikes Back" placed in the Top 20 in the United States add something


On 13 September 1980, John, with Olsson and Murray back in the Elton John Band, performed a free concert to an estimated 400,000 fans on The Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City add something


David Paton - In the 1980s, Paton was known for his work with Elton John in studio albums and touring around the world


His 1981 album, "The Fox", was recorded in part during the same sessions as "21 at 33", and included collaborations with Tom Robinson and Judie Tzuke add something


The pinnacle of the club's success was finishing runners up in the First Division in 1983 and reaching the FA Cup Final a year later add something


With original band members Johnstone, Murray and Olsson together again, John was able to return to the charts with the 1983 hit album "Too Low for Zero", which included "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", the latter of which featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and reached number 4 in the US, giving John his biggest hit there since "Little Jeannie" add something


Alain Mikli - By 1983, celebrities like Elton John helped bring the line recognition by wearing and touting Mikli products


Tim Renwick - The song was released on the "I'm Still Standing" single in 1983, but was most likely recorded in the late 1970s, when Renwick was briefly a member of Elton John's band, recording with him on A Single Man and playing with him in Elton's 1980 concert in Central Park, New York


He married German recording engineer Renate Blauel on 14 February 1984, in Darling Point, Sydney, with speculation that the marriage was a cover for his homosexuality add something


Freddie Starr - Starr is a keen supporter of Everton and at the height of his television celebrity he appeared on ITVs coverage of the build up to the 1984 F A cup final, in which Everton defeated Elton John's Watford 2-0, when he appeared on the lawn outside the hotel where the Everton team were staying on the morning of the game and gave an impromptu comedy performance to the players who watched from the windows of their rooms


John recorded material with Millie Jackson in 1985 add something


Charlie Morgan - In 1985 his drumming work with Nik Kershaw attracted the attention of Elton John, who booked him to play on his "Ice on Fire" album


George Michael - In addition, he contributed background vocals to David Cassidy's 1985 hit "The Last Kiss", as well as Elton John's 1985 successes "Nikita" and "Wrap Her Up"


Anya Major - Major later portrayed "Nikita" in the Elton John 1985 music video of the same name


George Michael - Michael donated the royalties from "Last Christmas" to Band Aid and subsequently sang with Elton John at Live Aid in 1985


For example, in 1986 he joined with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder to record the single "That's What Friends Are For", with all profits being donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research add something


In 1986, he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon's album "Rock the Nations" add something


The Biography Channel Special detailed the loss of Elton's voice in 1986 while on tour in Australia add something


James Newton Howard - Howard did, however, return for a brief collaboration with Elton John on his Tour De Force of Australia at the fall of 1986


Gladys Knight - While still with The Pips, Knight joined with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John on the 1986 AIDS benefit single, "That's What Friends Are For" which won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


He sold the club to Jack Petchey in 1987, but remained their lifelong president add something


In 1987 he won a libel case against "The Sun" which published allegations of sex with rent boys add something


Eric Clapton - In 1988 he played with Dire Straits and Elton John at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute at Wembley Stadium and the Prince's Trust rock gala at the Royal Albert Hall


Aretha Franklin - Franklin returned to the pop charts in 1989 with the release of the Elton John duet, "Through the Storm" and the subsequent release of the album of the same name


Thomas Anders - This drove Anders to leave Germany for the United States, where in 1989, Anders released his first solo album "Different" with more pop style rather than dance, which he produced together with Elton John's producer Gus Dudgeon and a-ha's producer Alan Tarney


Bob Birch - When Elton John ended his tour in 1989, Guy Babylon introduced Bob to the pinball wizard's longtime guitar slinger, Davey Johnstone


In 1990, John finally achieved his first UK number one hit on his own, with "Sacrifice" from the previous year's album "Sleeping with the Past"; it would stay at the top spot for six weeks add something


In April 1990, John performed "Skyline Pigeon" at the funeral of White, a teenage haemophiliac he had befriended add something


Ray Cooper - He is known for the 7 minute percussion and drum solos he performed during the years 1990-1991 for Eric Clapton and for the 7 minute percussion and drum solos during the year 1994 during all the Face to Face Tours with Billy Joel, and Elton John, and the tours with the Elton John band during the years of 1994-1995


Eric Clapton - On 1990, Dire Straits, Clapton, and Elton John made a guest appearance in the Nordoff-Robbins charity show held at Knebworth


He has received four Brit awards, including the award for Best British Male in 1991, and awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1986 and 1995 add something


John, who maintains a part-time residence in Atlanta, Georgia, became a fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team when he moved there in 1991 add something


The 1991 film documentary "Two Rooms" described the writing style that John and Taupin use, which involves Taupin writing the lyrics on his own, and John putting them to music, with the two never in the same room during the process add something


He and Bernie Taupin had previously been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 add something


In 1992 he released the US number 8 album "The One", featuring the hit song "The One" add something


In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry add something


In April 1992, John appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, performing "The Show Must Go On" with the remaining members of Queen, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses and Queen add something


John Deacon - Following The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, Deacon's sole performance with the remaining members of Queen was a one-off rendition of "The Show Must Go On" in 1997 with Mercury's friend Elton John


In 1993, John began a relationship with David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker add something


The sale, which included a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, the most expensive at £234,750, and several Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, raised nearly £2 million add something


Ray Cooper - The success of the "Solo" tour with Elton John was repeated in 1993-1994 when he and Elton John brought their two man show to a new generation in the United States


Along with Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film "The Lion King", which became the 2nd highest-grossing animated feature of all time add something


John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 add something


John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1994 add something


Music awards include the Academy award for Best Original Song for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from "The Lion King" ; the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in 1994 for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from "The Lion King" ; and the Tony award for Best Original Score in 2000 for "Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida" add something


Ray Cooper - During 1994 and 1995 "Face to Face" tours with Billy Joel, and during Elton John's tours in 1995, Elton John played "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", which flowed into a solo done by Cooper on percussion


Gary Barlow - In 1994 Barlow alongside Rick Astley did backing vocals for Elton John's version of Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King


Kristen McMenamy - In 1994, she modeled in a famous Gianni Versace advertising campaign featuring Nadja Auermann and Elton John, photographed by Richard Avedon


Elliott Yamin - Yamin covered Elton John's Academy Award-winning song in 1994, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from Disney's "The Lion King", for the compilation album "DisneyMania 6", released on May 20, 2008


In 1995 John released "Made in England" , which featured the single "Believe" add something


John was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995 add something


Jim Cregan - In 1995 he moved on to form Farm Dogs with Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin and they released two albums


Ray Cooper - In the 1995 "Evening With Elton John and Ray Cooper" tour, the two men performed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Costa Rica, where Elton performed a solo set of songs, was joined by Cooper on percussion for the second half of the show


Eros Ramazzotti - In the summer of 1995, Ramazzotti participated in the European summer festival along with Rod Stewart, Elton John and Joe Cocker


A compilation called "Love Songs" was released in 1996 add something


Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 He enlisted Michael to sing backing vocals on his single "Wrap Her Up", and recruited teen idol Nik Kershaw as an instrumentalist on "Nikita" add something


Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998 add something


Between January 1996 and September 1997, he spent more than £9,6m on property and £293,000 on flowers add something


Martha Wash - " Two years later, in 1996, she recorded a cover version of Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" for the soundtrack of the film "The First Wives Club


Early in 1997 John held a 50th birthday party, costumed as Louis XIV, for 500 friends add something


His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 add something


In 1997 he re-purchased the club from Petchey and once again became chairman add something


John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012 add something


On 6 September 1997, John performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey add something


Sophie Dahl - In 1997 she appeared with Kate Moss in the Elton John music video "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"


Leontyne Price - In 1997, at the suggestion of RCA-BMG, she wrote a children's book version of "Aida", which became the basis for the hit Broadway musical by Elton John and Tim Rice in 2000


Davey Johnstone - In 1997, while on tour with John, Johnstone and Elton John bandmate and former Hellecasters guitarist John Jorgenson spent much of their off time creating "Crop Circles", an album of acoustic instrumentation released in 1998 to much critical praise


Beth Nielsen Chapman - The song "Sand and Water" was written after Ernest's death; Elton John performed this song during his 1997 world tour


It would win John the Grammy award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 40th Grammy awards ceremony in 1998 add something


For his charitable work, John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on 24 February 1998 add something


On 10 November 1999, the RIAA certified "The Lion King" "Diamond" for selling 15 million copies add something


Tina Turner - In April 1999, Turner opened at the VH-1 special, Divas Live '99, performing several of her 1980s hits and performing with both Elton John and cher to "Proud Mary".


In 2000, John and Tim Rice teamed again to create songs for DreamWorks' animated film "The Road to El Dorado" add something


Anastacia - Her debut album, "Not That Kind", released in 2000, achieved multi-platinum sales in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, was critically acclaimed by Elton John and Michael Jackson, and had the 4th biggest European single and biggest Australian single of 2000


Sarah Brightman - In 2000, Brightman sold more records than Elton John and the Rolling Stones, becoming America's highest-selling and top touring British artist


Wim Soutaer - In 2000, Wim wanted to sing solo & joined the project Soundmixshow a sort of precursor talent show to Idool, Wim placed fourth in competition overall, at this time he compared his style to Billy Joel, Mike Patton & Elton John


In June 2001 John sold 20 of his cars at Christie's, saying he didn't get the chance to drive them because he was out of the country so often add something


Taylor Dayne - Later on, she performed on Broadway in Elton John's "Aida" in 2001


He stepped down in 2002 when the club needed a full-time chairman although he continued as president of the club add something


In a CNN interview with Larry King in 2002, King asked if John knew of Diana, Princess of Wales' eating disorder add something


Paul Reubens - In November 2002, while filming David La Chapelle's video for Elton John's "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore", Reubens learned that police were at his home with a search warrant, acting on a tip from a witness in the pornography case against actor Jeffrey Jones, finding among over 70,000 items of kitsch memorabilia, two grainy videotapes and dozens of photographs that the city attorney's office characterized as a collection of child pornography


The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Of the six Elton John albums to make "Rolling Stone"s list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003, all are from this period, with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" ranked highest at number 91; similarly, the three Elton John albums given five stars by Allmusic are all from this period add something


The Rosen Publishing Group, 2003 The song became the fastest, and biggest-selling single of all time, eventually selling over 33 million copies worldwide add something


In August 2003, John scored his fifth UK number one single when "Are You Ready for Love" topped the UK Charts add something


In October 2003, John announced that he had signed an exclusive agreement to perform 75 shows over three years at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip add something


He became a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004, and a Disney Legends award in 2006 add something


In 2004, "Rolling Stone" ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time add something


The first of these shows took place on 13 February 2004 add something


Anna Kournikova - In late 2004, she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick


Brian Wilson - Wilson's third solo album "Gettin' In Over My Head" featured collaborations with Elton John, Paul_McCartney, Eric Clapton and brother Carl, who died in February 1998


Jennifer Hudson - Hudson received the highest number of votes in the "Top 9" after her performance of Elton John's "Circle of Life" on April 6, 2004, but two weeks later was eliminated during the "Top 7" show after performing Barry Manilow's, "Weekend in New England


In June 2005 he held a concert at Watford's Vicarage Road ground, donating the funds to the club, and another concert in May 2010 add something


John and Furnish entered a civil partnership on 21 December 2005 add something


John entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements add something


Kenneth Cole Productions - In 2005, Cole spearheaded the We All Have AIDS awareness campaign with advertisements photographed by Mark Seliger and featuring such luminaries as Nelson Mandela, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Elton John, Sharon_Stone, Richard Gere, Elizabeth Taylor, Alicia Keys, Desmond Tutu, Natasha Richardson, Eric McCormack, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belafonte, Greg Louganis and Rosie O'Donnell


Jake Shears - Shears attended Sir Elton John's "stag" party before John's civil partnership ceremony with David Furnish in 2005


Liam Mower - He appeared in the Elton John video of Electricity and was featured in the BBC's "Children in Need" on 18 November 2005 performing Electricity


Pamela Anderson - In December 2005, NBC cut off a video of Anderson pole dancing on Elton John's "The Red Piano." NBC said that the footage was inappropriate for prime time


Philip Whitchurch - Philip played Billy's dad in Elton John's West End stage adaptation of "Billy Elliot" from 5 December 2005 until 2 December 2006


In early 2006, John donated the smaller of two bright-red Yamaha pianos from his Las Vegas, Nevada show to auction on eBay to raise public awareness and funds for the foundation add something


The event raised £4,6 million for his AIDS Foundation in 2006 add something


However it was slammed by the critics and closed in May 2006 after 39 performances add something


John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding contributions to Disney's films and theatrical works on 9 October 2006, by The Walt Disney Company add something


Joseph Williams (musician) - Williams released an album of cover songs from renowned artists such as Elton John, Bryan_Adams, Diane Warren, and Kevin Cronin in 2006, called Two of Us, featuring piano and voice only


Cliff Richard - "Two's Company", an album of duets released in 2006, was another top 10 success and included newly recorded material with Brian May, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Barry Gibb and Daniel O'Donnell, plus some previously recorded duets with artists such as Phil Everly, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John


Taylor Dayne - In April 2006, she was Elton John's choice to perform at the Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation tribute to Elton John


"Guinness Book of Records", 2007 Edition, page 187 add something


On 28 June 2007, the 9th annual White Tie & Tiara Ball took place add something


On 1 July 2007, Elton John appeared at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium in London, in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 46th birthday add something


Whoopi Goldberg - She was a guest at Elton John's 60th birthday bash and concert at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2007.


Horatio Sanz - Sanz returned to "SNL" as a guest on February 3, 2007, appearing as Elton John, and again on November 3, as presidential candidate Bill Richardson and yet again on the December 17, 2011 Christmas show as himself in a musical number


Timbaland - On 3 April 2007, Timbaland released a collaboration album featuring artists including 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Elton John, Fall Out Boy, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, and others called Timbaland Presents Shock Value.


Tracey Emin - In June 2007, on returning from the Venice Biennale, Emin donated a piece of artwork, a handsewn blanket called Star Trek Voyager to be auctioned at Elton John's annual glamorous White Tie & Tiara Ball to raise money for The Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Tracey Emin - International popstars Elton John and George Michael are both collectors of Emin's work, with Michael, and his partner Kenny Goss, holding the A Tribute To Tracey Emin exhibition in September 2007 at their Dallas based museum, the Goss-Michael Foundation.


Anova Books, 2008 John has publicly performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" only once, at Diana's funeral, vowing never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons add something


In 2008, "Billboard" magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" add something


Random House, 2008 John is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors add something


On 21 June 2008, he performed his 200th show in Caesars Palace add something


Lily Allen - Her appearance at the 2008 "Glamour" *awards generated criticism, as she showed up intoxicated wearing a dress covered in decapitated Bambi figures, and had an on-stage, expletive-laced exchange with Elton John


Richard Fleeshman - In 2008, Richard was honoured to be invited by Sir Elton John to join him on his Summer stadium tour


Richard Wright (musician) - On 15 September 2008, Elton John, while playing a concert in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan dedicated the song "Believe" to Wright who had died earlier that day


The Red Piano Tour closed in Las Vegas in April 2009 add something


Ray Cooper - Most recently, Cooper reunited with Elton John in the autumn of 2009, with a series of shows in France and Italy


Davey Johnstone - On 10 June 2009, Johnstone played a landmark 2,000th show as a member of the Elton John Band at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland


Cameron Crowe - In November 2009, Crowe began filming a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album "The Union", a collaboration between musicians Elton John and Leon Russell produced by *award-winning producer $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett)


Lily Cole - In December 2009, Cole attended a party, hosted by Elton John for which guests were asked to design their ideal bar with the designs sold at auction in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation


In 2010, Elton John was awarded with the PRS for Music Heritage award, which was erected, on The Namaste Lounge Pub in Watford, where Elton performed his first ever gig add something


On 1 April 2010, John joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her "Give a Damn campaign" to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community as part of her True Colors Fund add something


John released "The Union" on 19 October 2010 add something


Their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, was born to a surrogate mother on 25 December 2010 in California add something


Davey Faragher - In 2010, Faragher played as a session bassist for "The Union", a Grammy *award-nominated collaboration by Elton John and Leon Russell


Philip Whitchurch - He played Billy's dad in Elton John's Broadway stage adaptation of "Billy Elliot" from 29 January 2010 until 2 May 2010


Plan B (musician) - He performed a duet of "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" with Elton John as part of Elton's BBC Electric Proms performance at the Roundhouse in London in October 2010


Jim Keltner - Keltner played on "The Union" by Leon Russell and Elton John, produced by $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett) and released on October 10, 2010


John was estimated to have a fortune of £195 million in the "Sunday Times Rich List" of 2011, making him one of the 10 richest people in the British music industry add something


Elton John began his new show "The Million Dollar Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on 28 September 2011 add something


Kate Bush - Bush's most recent collaborations, including duets with Elton John and Stephen Fry, took place on her 2011 album, 50 Words for Snow


Katy Perry - On September 23, 2011, she performed, along with Elton John, Brazilian Claudia Leitte, and friend Rihanna, on the opening day of the 2011 Rock in Rio festival, which was extended to October 2


The album was produced by $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett) and is set for release in autumn 2012 add something


It was announced in March 2012 that Elton had recently completed work on his thirty-first album entitled "The Diving Board" add something


On 4 June 2012, Elton John performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, performing a repertoire including "Your Song", "Crocodile Rock" and "I'm Still Standing" add something


Molly Meldrum - A few months after the accident in 2012, Meldrum interviewed British pop singer Elton John and American pop singer Katy Perry


Christian Louboutin - At the 2012 Grey Goose Winter Ball he designed his dream cocktail bar to benefit the Elton John foundation


Hayley Westenra - In Christmastime 2012, Westenra was featured on the debut album "Starship Christmas Album" along with Justin Bieber, Queen, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Ronan_Keating, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Adeaze, The Jackson Five, Tiki Taane, OneRepublic and Lucy Lawless for supporting Starship Children's Health


Ray Cooper - In early 2012, Elton John and Ray Cooper performed a small exclusive series of shows outside of the US. This is the first time since 1995 that Cooper and John toured together without a band


Matt Bissonette - Matt's debut concert with Elton John is scheduled for September 11, 2012


The album's release will be delayed until March 2013 for promotional reasons add something


His latest album Diving Board was released in September 2013, and became a UK No3 hit add something


His latest album The Diving Board was released in September 2013, and became a UK No.3 hit add something


Anastacia - After announcing her second battle through breast cancer in February 2013 Anastacia's ex-boyfriend, Patrice Bouedibela, has posted a photo with Anastacia and Elton John in a recording studio


John has stated his intention to marry Furnish in a quiet ceremony as soon as May 2014 now that it is legal in the UK. add something


On 13 December 2014, he attended Vicarage road with David Furnish, and his sons Zachary and Elijah for the opening of the "Sir Elton John stand", He described the day as "one of the greatest days of my life" add something


In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men add something


In October 2015, it was announced Elton John would release his thirty-third studio album, "Wonderful Crazy Night", on 5 February 2016 add something


In March 2016 it was reported that John would appear on the upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers album, which is due for release later in the year add something


Opening to strong reviews, the West End production is scheduled to close on 9 April 2016, due to the theatre's refurbishment programme, after 4,600 performances add something


John will play piano on "Sick Love", a song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers album, "The Getaway", released in June 2016 add something


On 22 April 2017, he was discharged from hospital after two nights of intensive care for contracting "a harmful and unusual" bacterial infection during his return flight home from a South American tour in Santiago, Chile and was forced to cancel all of his shows scheduled for April and May 2017 add something


On 24 January 2018, it was announced that John would be retiring from touring and would soon embark on a three-year farewell tour add something


The first concert is set to take place in Allentown, Pennsylvania on 8 September 2018 add something


In May 2019, " Love Me Again", a new song written for "Rocketman" which was performed by Elton and Taron Egerton, premiered on BBC Radio 2 add something


In October 2019, he will release his first official autobiography add something