Elton John

Elton John

Highest Rated: 94% All Things Must Pass (2015)

Lowest Rated: 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Birthday: Mar 25, 1947

Birthplace: Pinner, Greater London, England, UK

Beginning his career as a humble singer-songwriter, Elton John was arguably the world's biggest pop star for most of the '70s, and remained one of pop's most beloved figures. Born Reginald Dwight in the outskirts of London, he was an introverted child and a prodigy on piano. By 1962 he was playing at age 15 with the group Bluesology; his stage name came from two of his bandmates, British bluesman John Baldry and future Soft Machine saxophonist Elton Dean. When he failed a Liberty Records audition in 1967, he was referred to a fledgling lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Thus began a lifelong partnership, which has seen only a couple brief interruptions. The songwriting team was not an immediate success, but after two years they wrote the love ballad "Your Song," which led off John's self-titled album (his U.S. debut and second overall), and remained a popular live encore. However his live show was more rocking than his early albums indicated, and his first U.S. tour-which peaked with a show at Hollywood's Troubadour in August 1970-became the stuff of legend. The flamboyant Elton persona, with his trademark glitzy costumes, oversized glasses and manic energy, would take over in years to come, which brought a succession pf hugely popular singles ("Crocodile Rock," "Rocket Man," "Benny & the Jets") and albums (most notably, the double LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the autobiographical Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy). His highest peak may have been Thanksgiving 1974, by which time he'd made a single ("Whatever Gets You Through the Night") with John Lennon, and bet the stage-shy ex-Beatle that he'd join him at Madison Square Garden if it made Number One. It did, and this was Lennon's last live performance. Elton admitted later that he was facing numerous personal problems during the superstar years, particularly a fondness for cocaine and his conflicts over being a closeted gay man. His lowest ebb came during the late '70s, when he split with Taupin, fired the band, and made some coolly-received albums (including an infamous disco album, Victim of Love). But this proved short-lived; by 1983 he was back on track with the anthemic hit "I'm Still Standing," which found both Taupin and the classic-era band (guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray) all reinstalled. His career survived numerous shifts in musical fashion. His 1994 soundtrack to the Disney film "The Lion King" (written with lyricist Tim Rice) was technically his biggest hit to that date, winning an Oscar and four Grammies and becoming the biggest-selling cartoon soundtrack ever. He became a close friend of Princess Diana and when she died in 1997, he rewrote 1973's "Candle in the Wind" (originally about Marilyn Monroe) as a tribute to her; this is now second only to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" as the biggest-selling record of all time. His sometimes-shaky personal life also stabilized through a long relationship with David Furnish; they married in 2014. He began a farewell tour in 2018, though it was not slated to end until 2021. Meanwhile he got the Hollywood biography treatment with the movie "Rocketman" (2019). While fans griped about its playing loose with the facts, it resulted in yet another career revival.

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Movies

Credit
89% 88% Rocketman Executive Producer $96.3M 2019
27% 36% Sherlock Gnomes Executive Producer $43.1M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Free to Rock Self - 2017
51% 64% Kingsman: The Golden Circle Self $100.2M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Epic Sessions Music Performer - 2016
94% 81% All Things Must Pass Self $166.9K 2015
No Score Yet 80% Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kids-R Unknown (Character) - 2014
57% 74% Super Duper Alice Cooper Self - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kids' Rights: The Business of Adoption Unknown (Character) - 2014
64% 86% Troubadours Unknown (Character) - 2011
82% 58% The Love We Make Original Music - 2011
55% 54% Gnomeo & Juliet Executive Producer,
Original Songs
- 2011
No Score Yet 86% LennonNYC Unknown (Character) - 2010
67% 41% Brüno Self $60M 2009
67% 61% It's a Boy Girl Thing Executive Producer - 2006
83% 87% Finding Neverland Original Music $51.7M 2004
31% 33% The Country Bears Self $17M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson Unknown (Character) - 2001
91% 90% High Fidelity Original Music $27.3M 2000
48% 66% The Road to El Dorado Narrator,
Original Music
$50.8M 2000
53% 34% The Muse Original Music $11.6M 1999
No Score Yet 79% Women Talking Dirty Executive Producer - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music for Montserrat Unknown (Character) - 1997
93% 93% The Lion King Composer $422.8M 1994
No Score Yet 53% The Return of Bruno Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elton John - To Russia With Elton Unknown (Character) - 1979
70% 71% Tommy Pinball Wizard (Character) - 1975

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Music Performer,
Guest
2018-2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2019 2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Music Performer,
Guest
2019 2016-2017 2014 2011-2012 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2018-2019 2016 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extra Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Music Performer,
Guest
2019 2012-2013 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2018
No Score Yet 31% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
Guest
2018 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Music Performer,
Guest
2016-2018 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2018
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2017
90% 71% Nashville Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer 2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Music Performer,
Guest
2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anderson Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Music Performer 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Music Performer,
Host
2011 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2011
68% No Score Yet American Idol Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2009
96% 94% Absolutely Fabulous Self 2003
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Elton John (Guest Star) 2002
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 1999
80% 87% South Park Himself (Guest Voice) 1998
No Score Yet 80% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Train Music Performer 1975

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