Elton John

At the Reginald Kenneth Dwight registry office, Elton John was born in the London district of Pinner on March 25, 1947. His parents, Sheila and Stanley, a Royal Air Force pilot, live in the home of their maternal grandparents. Here Elton spends his childhood in close contact with music: his grandmother teaches him to play the piano when he is only three years old, his mother makes him listen to Elvis Presley, while his father, although he was himself a member of a band, opposes his son’s musical ambitions. Elton attended the Pinner Grammar School, before being admitted to the Royal Academy of Music, a famous school in London that introduced him to classical music. At the age of 15 he began to make himself known by performing in the Northwood Hills Pub with his first band, Corvettes, claiming to have been clumsy as a child, to have been unsure of his chubby and bespectacled appearance. But the British celebrity has made his defect a trademark, cultivating a crazy passion for stagewear, and especially for glasses (he seems to have more than 300). During a stay at a hotel in Brazil, Elton John booked a room only for his eyewear collection. Whether it’s historic brands like Gucci and Chanel, or neo-brands like Neapolitan brand Apro Spectales (contacted by the star for a model worn on his 70th birthday), Elton’s eyewear has one thing in common: it’s all particularly bizarre and rounded, and not everyone knows that the second best-selling single ever is Candle in the Wind 1997, played and sung by Elton John at the funeral of his dear friend Lady Diana. Out of respect for the Princess, that song was no longer the subject of exhibitions. The loss of this important figure for Elton has caused him a state of depression, adding to the death, in the same year, of his friend Gianni Versace, a stylist, the British singer-songwriter is deeply attached to the Versace family. Donatella herself, Gianni’s sister and creative figure behind the well-known brand, confessed in some interviews that she left the cocaine tunnel thanks to Elton John, who would have had her find a private jet for a detoxification center, called David Furnish and is a Canadian director the great love of Elton John. David and Elton met in 1983 at a mutual friend’s party, then got engaged and civilized in 2005. They have two children from a surrogate mother: Zachary, born on December 25, 2010 and Elijah, born on January 11, 2013. Before meeting David, Elton was married for 4 years to Rachel Blauel, a sound technique, and in the spring of 2017 Elton John contracted a very rare and dangerous bacterial infection during a tour of South America. He feels sick during the flight to London and, once the plane has landed, he is admitted to intensive care. Thanks to a competent team of doctors, publicly thanked by the singer-songwriter, he comes out safe and sound from this bad experience. The Californian tour of May 2017 was cancelled in 1967 when Elton John, thanks to an announcement in the New Musical Express, met his lyricist and future dear friend, Bernie Taupin. In 1970, thanks to this partnership, the album Elton John, containing the song Your song, receives an international success. Within a few years Elton found himself on stage with John Lennon, is in the cast of the movie Tommy and his name is on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.After a series of albums released with the record company Dick James Music, the English musician spends the 80s between hits, drug use and a throat operation for the removal of a benign tumor. Following the composition of the soundtrack of the Lion King, he resumed the musical trend of the 70s with Made in England and collaborated on a new soundtrack, that of Aida. 2010 was the year of the musical Billy Elliot: Sir Elton’s music won him 10 Tony Awards. In 2016 he released the thirty-third album of the British star: Wonderful Crazy Night, while in 2018 he retired from the scene and opened his last three-year tour, which also includes stops in Milan, Lucca, Rome and Bologna.

Discography 

Empty Sky (1969) 

Elton John (1970) 

Tumbleweed Connection (1970) 

Madman Across the Water (1971) 

Honky Château (1972) 

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player (1973) 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) 

Caribou (1974) 

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy(1975) 

Rock of the Westies (1975) 

Blue Moves (1976) 

A Single Man (1978) 

Victim of Love (1979) 

21 at 33 (1980) 

The Fox (1981) 

Jump Up! (1982) 

Too Low for Zero (1983) 

Breaking Hearts (1984) 

Ice on Fire (1985) 

Leather Jackets (1986) 

Reg Strikes Back (1988) 

Sleeping with the Past (1989) 

The One (1992) 

Made in England (1995) 

The Big Picture (1997) 

Songs from the West Coast (2001) 

Peachtree Road (2004) 

The Captain & the Kid (2006) 

The Diving Board (2013) 

Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)