Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947 is an English singer, pianist, and composer.

Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947 is an English singer, pianist, and composer.

Commonly nicknamed the "Rocket Man" after his 1972 hit single of the same name,

John has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 31 albums since 1969.

Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, John is acclaimed by critics and musicians,

particularly for his work during the 1970s, and his lasting impact on the music industry.

John's music and showmanship have had a significant impact on popular music.

His songwriting partnership with Taupin is one of the most successful in history.

Raised in Pinner, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, a blues band he was a member of until 1967.

He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967 after they both answered an advert for songwriters.

For two years, they wrote songs for other artists, and John worked as a session musician for artists.

In 1969, John released his debut album Empty Sky. In 1970, he formed the

Elton John Band and released his first hit single, "Your Song", which became his first top ten in both the UK and the US.

John's critical success was at its peak in the 1970s, when he released a streak of chart-topping albums in the US and UK,

which began with Honky Château (1972) and culminated with Rock of the Westies (1975).

John continued his success in the 1980s and 1990s, having several hit singles and albums in both decades,

and has continued to record new music since then.

He has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing music for

The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical.

In 2017, John released the greatest hits album Diamonds, spanning his hits from 1970 to 2016.

2018, John began his ongoing farewell tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which will conclude in 2023.

John's autobiography, Me, was published in 2019. That same year, his life and music career were dramatized in the biopic Rocketman.

While he did not appear in his own biopic, John has made cameos in other films and television shows.

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