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Sir Elton Hercules John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25th March 1947. Having started playing piano at the age of three, John has sold more than 200 million records (none when he was 3!!) during his four decade career making him one of the most successful artists of all time! His accomplishments include 7 consecutive No.1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 4 No.2 hits, 16 top 10, 9 No.1 hits, 5 Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy award and a Tony award.
Some of his notable hits include "Your Song", "Rocket Man", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Candle in the Wind", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Sacrifice". His success had a deep impact on popular music. 1994 saw John entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 49th in the list of all time 100 greatest artists.
John has had a checkered personal life which include battling with alcohol and drug addiction and being addicted to spending money! In 1976 he announced his bisexuality and when his marriage to Renate Blauel failed he came out as gay. He met long term partner David Furnish in 1993 and they entered into a civil partnership in 2005.
Elton John has also been involved in films and musicals, most notably "The Lion King" and "Billy Elliott".
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