Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English singer, composer and pianist.
In a career spanning five decades, Elton John has sold over 250 million records and has over 50 Top 40 hits, making him one of the most successful musicians of all time.
His tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, ‘Candle In The Wind 1997’, is the world’s biggest selling and fastest selling single of all time.
John was one of the dominant commercial forces in the rock world during the 1970s, with a string of seven consecutive #1 records on the U.S. album charts, 23 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10 ones, and six #1 hits. His success had a profound impact on popular music, and contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll.
Key musical elements in John’s success included his melodic gifts matched with the contributions of his lyricist partner Bernie Taupin, his rich tenor and gospel-chorded piano, aggressive string arrangements, his flamboyant fashion sense and on-stage showmanship. As told by himself, his somewhat “flashy” outfits were due to the fact that he sits behind the piano and would otherwise vanish on stage.
John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and knighted in 1998. He has helped lead the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked John #49 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He continues to be a major public figure.