Knowledge Identifier: +Elton_John
Born in 1947.
Countries: United States (43%), United Kingdom (35%), (6%)
Linked to: Billboard, Dionne Warwick, Buckingham Palace, Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party
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
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
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
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
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"
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
In 1972, Davey Johnstone joined the "'Elton John Band"' on guitar and backing vocals
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
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
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
The Beach Boys - Beach Boys vocals were heard on Elton John's 1974 hit "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
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
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
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
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
Herb Ritts - During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts photographed celebrities such as Diana Ross, Christopher Reeve, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Francesco Clemente, George Clooney, Cher, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Ronald Reagan, Julia Roberts, Steven Hawking, Nicole Kidman, Edward Norton, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dizzy Gillespie, Elton John, Annette_Bening, Antonio Banderas, Richard Gere, Jack Nicholson, Cindy Crawford, and
David Paton - In the 1980s, Paton was known for his work with Elton John in studio albums and touring around the world
Alain Mikli - By 1983, celebrities like Elton John helped bring the line recognition by wearing and touting Mikli products
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
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"
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
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
In 1993, John began a relationship with David Furnish, a former advertising executive and now filmmaker
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"
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
In 2015, he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men
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
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
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