Elton John

Active - 20th Century  |   Born - Mar 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England  |   Genres - Music [nf]

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John, born Reginald Dwight, is a rock star who appeared in the film Tommy (1975).

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  • Won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London at age 11; dropped out in 1964 to pursue a music career.
  • In 1971, he became the first artist since the Beatles to have four albums on Billboard's top-10 chart simultaneously; starting with 1972's Honky Chateau, he released seven consecutive albums that went to No. 1.
  • Made his film acting debut in 1975's Tommy.
  • Formed the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992; since then, profits from his singles have gone to the foundation. 
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • In 1997, his remake of "Candle in the Wind" in honor of the late Princess Diana became the biggest selling single of all time.
  • Collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on five songs for the soundtrack of Disney's animated The Lion King (1994), which sold over 7 million copies. The movie was subsequently turned into a Tony-winning musical that debuted on Broadway in 1997.
  • Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.
  • Was so moved by the 2000 film Billy Elliott that he agreed to score the stage adaptation; Billy Elliott the Musical had its Broadway debut in 2008.
  • Recruited his idol Leon Russell for their album The Union (2010); Cameron Crowe filmed the musical collaboration for the documentary, The Union, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011.
  • Teamed with Lady Gaga for "Hello, Hello," the theme to his animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet (2011); later asked her to be godmother to his son Zachary.