Elton John is one of the richest artists in the world. He is a songwriter, singer, pianist, and composer. John has worked with Bernie Taupin since 1967 and they have worked together on more than 30 albums. He is one of the world’s best sellers with over 300 records. John has more than 50 top forty hits in the United Stated Billboard Hot 200 and UK Singles chart. He sang the song “Candle in the Wind” in 1997 after his friend, the Princess of Wales, Diana passed. That single sold more than 33 copies in the world and became the best selling single in the United States and United Kingdom charts.
Before his career kicked off, he wrote songs alongside Taupin for artists like Lulu. Additionally, he worked as a session musician for singers like the Hollies and the Scaffold. Then in 1970, he released his first album “Empty Sky” and he also released a single “Your Song”. The song was a huge success for the musician.
John has earned so many awards throughout his career. He has gotten 5 Brit, 2 Academy, 1 Tony, 2 Golden Globe, 1 Disney Legends, 5 Grammy, and honor at the Kennedy Center. Rolling Stone ranked the musician as number 49 on the list of 100 influential musicians in 2004. In addition, he is the third successful on the Billboard 100 list and the most successful as a solo artist. In 1992, Elton John was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Elton John was born on the 35th of March 1947 to Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen Harris in Pinner, Middlesex. His birth name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight and he was mostly raised by his mother’s parents. In 1945, his parents got married and the family moved in together. John attended Pinner Wood Junior School and Pinner County Grammar until he was seventeen years old. He left before he wrote his A-Level exam so that he can pursue a music career. You may check more of Elton John’s biography on this page.
The millionaire said his childhood was so restrictive and his costumes while performing were his own way of letting go. His father wanted him to pursue banking rather than music. His parents loved music and buy lots of records. This gave John exposure to several musicians and his main jam was rock and roll. Some of the records he enjoyed listening to back then were the ones by His Comets, Elvis Presley, and Bill Haley.
As a young boy, he spent his time playing his grandmother’s piano. He started performing at gatherings, local parties before he was seven years. After some time, he began to take piano lessons. In school, he was popular for some of the melodies he composed. When he was 11 years, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He was in the academy for five years taking classes but left before he could write his final exams. Elton was mostly raised by his mother and her mother as her father was always absent. His parents argued a lot and this disturbed him as a child. After some time, they got divorced and his mother got married again to Fred Farebrother. His step-father, on the other hand, was very caring and supportive of him.
Elton John’s first album “Empty Sky” was released in 1969 and the next was self-titled released in 1970. The albums he released between 1972 and 1975 were on top of charts. Then he formed his own label “The Rocket Record” in 1973. H didn’t release his own songs but rather a deal of $8 million with MCA.
All his albums have been hugely accepted and successful. He also signed a $39 million deal with Warner Bros. That deal was the largest in the music industry at that time. He also composed music for the animation “The Lion King” which he won a Grammy for.
Elton John got engaged to Linda Woodrow, his secretary in the 1960s. He mentioned her in his song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”. Ten years later, he entered his first gay relationship with John Reid who is the manager for Tamla Motown manager. Their relationship lasted for just 5 years but he was John’s manager until 1998. Then he got married to Renate Blauel on the 14th of February, 1984 but there were different speculations it was to cover his sexuality. He admitted he was bisexual in 1976. However, after getting divorced in 1988, he said he was comfortable being gay in an interview.
He got into another relationship with David Furnish in 1993. When the civil partnership act was enforced, they were among the first couple to form it in the United Kingdom. They got married in 2014 after March 2014 after the gay marriage was made legal. They have two sons together via surrogacy. Their first child, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish – John was on the 25th of December 2010 and the second Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish – John was born on the 11th of January, 2013.
The musician has been caught up in different controversies. In 2010, he said Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems” and that did not stand well with some Christian groups. He was criticized, mocked, and insulted. He admitted he received different death threats after making that statement. Elton is not a religious person and once said he would ban religion completely.
Key things to learn from Elton John
Elton John is a well-known person and it is necessary to have learned some things from how he lives his lives and what he says. Some of the things you need to learn from him are:
- It is very good to help people. In 1990, this man donated profits from the sales he made with his songs to charity. He has a foundation that helps people suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
- Do not give up on your dreams. Elton once admitted that his career took a slow start before he gained worldwide recognition.
- Violence is not okay. The musician once said “Instead of more violence why isn’t there a meeting of religious leaders. It’s all got to be a dialogue, that’s the only way. Get everybody from each religion together and say; Listen, this can’t go on. Why do we have all this hatred?”
- Fighting for human rights is a just cause. John has said that he cannot sit back and not lend his voice. He does not mind getting locked up as long as he keeps fighting for the equal rights of every human.
- The last but not the least is to Always live your truth.
Elton John is one of the most successful musicians of all time. His life should be an inspiration for people to always work hard and believe in themselves.