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Star profile Sir Elton John
In the person of Sir Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, Greater London, grew up with his grandmother. He started making music at the age of eleven. In the mid-1970s, the musician announced his bisexuality. From 1984 to 1988 he was married to a sound engineer. In 2005, on the first day homosexuals were allowed to enter into a civil partnership, he made his relationship with David Furnish official. The couple have two sons through surrogacy.
History of Sir Elton John
One of Sir Elton John's first successes was the hit "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" from 1976, which he released with Kiki Dee. He often took part in charity campaigns and supported the fight against AIDS and against the exploitation of third world countries. He sang at a Live Aid concert in 1985 and took part in some Crossroads events initiated by Eric Clapton.
Sir Elton John set many trends with his musical development. In the 1970s he played mostly disco-pop, partly in the direction of punk. Romantic rock with echoes of symphonic rock has shaped his style since the 1980s. This was evident on albums such as "Too Low for Zero" from 1983 and "Made in England" from 1995.
In 1986 Elton John had to have his larynx operated on as a result of his drug use. As a result, he lost his characteristic falsetto voice and first had to learn to sing again. In the late 1990s and afterwards he was involved in several duets and other joint projects, for example on "Runaway Train" with Eric Clapton or in 1996 with Luciano Pavarotti on the song "Live Like Horses".
In 1992 the musician founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation and has since given several charity concerts. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Liverpool FC also made him an honorary member.
Greatest successes of Sir Elton John
One of the most successful songs was "Candle in the Wind" from 1974, which Sir Elton John rewrote to Lady Diana in 1997 on the occasion of her death. Another milestone were his compositions for the movie "The Lion King", together with his colleague Tim Rice he won the Oscar for the movie song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". In 2003 he and Bernie Taupin received top-class nominations for the film song “The Heart of Every Girl” from the film “Mona Lisa's Smile”.
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