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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Elton John

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PROFILE: Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He is the third most successful artist in the history of American charts following Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE. (knighted in 1998) was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England on March 25th, 1947.
  • He has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and hold the record for the largest selling single of all time.
  • Elton John launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has had more than 4,000 performances in over 80 countries.
  • He achieved seven #1 albums.
  • At three years old he astonished his family by playing The Skater’s Waltz by ear, and at the age of 11 he was awarded a scholarship as a Junior Exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a student at the academy from 1959 to 1964.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Best British Male Artist BRIT Award – 1991
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame – 1992
  • Officer of Arts & letters – 1993
  • Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – 1994
  • Polar Music Prize – 1995
  • MusiCares Person of the Year – 2000
  • Kennedy Center Honor – 2004
  • Billboard Magazine legend of Live Award – 2006
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award – 2013
  • BRITs Icon Award – 2013
  • Rockefeller Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award – 2013
  • Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership Award – 2013
  • Honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music – 2013
  • Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers
  • Grammy Awards – 1986, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000
  • Elton has won 12 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2000 and been nominated for a Grammy Award 11 times.
  • Grammy Legend Award – 2001
  • Oscar Award – 1995 including 3 Oscar Award nominations
  • Tony Award for Best Original Score for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida – 2000 including 4 Tony Award nominations

DISCOGRAPHY:

Solo Studio Albums

  • Empty Sky – 1969
  • Elton John – 1970
  • Tumbleweed Connection – 1970
  • Madman Across the Water – 1971
  • Honky Chateau – 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

Collaborative Albums

  • Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – 1986
  • Duets – 1993
  • The Union with Leon Russell – 2010
  • Good Morning to the Night with Pnau – 2012

Soundtracks, Scores and Theatre Albums

  • Friends – 1971
  • The Lion King – 1994
  • Aida – 1998
  • Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida – 1999
  • The Muse – 1999
  • The Road to El Dorado – 2000
  • Billy Elliot – 2005
  • Lestat – 2005
  • Gnomeo & Juliet – 2011

Filmography

  • Born to Boogie, US (1972) as himself with Marc Bolan and Ringo Starr
  • Tommy, UK (1975) as Pinball Wizard
  • Spice World, UK (1997) as himself
  • Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras (1997) autobiography as himself
  • The Country Bears, US (2002) as himself
  • Elton John: Me, Myself & I (2007) autobiography as himself
  • Nashville (season 4) guest appearance as himself
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) as himself

 

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SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elton_John

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