Elton John is arguably one of the biggest icons in music that the 20th century offered. His rich sound and voice along with his great songwriting ability have given the world some enduring songs that will ensure that he is remembered long after he is gone. Who was Elton John before the fame and who is he outside the music? You will find out that and more as you read further.
Elton John’s Bio
The British singer was born on the 25th of March 1974 in Pinner, Middlesex, England as Reginald Kenneth Dwight. The love of music came to him early which made him teach himself how to play the piano at the age of four. It proved to be a great asset for him and he soon won a scholarship to a program at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He attended the classes on the weekends.
The young Elton John saw his parents go through a divorce when he was a teenager and his father Stanley Dwight clashed with him over his decision to pursue music. Despite the anger of his father, Elton John dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music.
Elton John’s journey started when he began playing with a group called Bluesology. It was in that group that he met two members whose names he added together to make his new stage name which he is now more known by. By the year 1967, Elton John would focus on his songwriting skills after he answered an ad for a songwriter placed by Liberty Records. After getting the job, he got together with lyricist Bernie Taupin with whom he switched to the DJM label in 1968.
They initially wrote songs for other artists but in 1960, Elton John got his big break as a singer with his album “Empty Sky” which featured their writing efforts. The album did not go far but Elton John did not relent. In 1970, he released a self-titled project which then contained his first hit, the song titled “Your Song.” It opened the door to more hits from the singer and Elton John enjoyed a string of top-selling albums.
Elton John also became pretty famous for his live shows which saw him dressed in over-the-top costumes and glasses. His concerts have been described as elaborate. In 1994, he teamed up with lyricist, Tim Rice, who he had teamed up with on several occasions, and the two came up with the soundtrack for The Lion King. The song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” which was part of that soundtrack helped Elton John win his first Academy Award in the category of Best Original Song.
It was also around that period that Elton John got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1995 he was made the Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. The queen made him a knight some years later which is why he is known sometimes as “Sir Elton John”. Elton John has maintained his love for music, continuing to record and release more even as he officially retired from touring in 2018.
Is He Gay?
In 1976, Elton John made a public announcement that he was bisexual. It was not an easy time for him as he was laughed at and taunted. He would, however, later come out as a gay man.
Husband, Wife, and Kids
From the year 1984 to 1988, Elton John was married to a woman named Renate Blauel. After his divorce, Elton John in 1993 began a relationship with a man named David Furnish who was a former advertising executive but now is a filmmaker. The Civil Partnership Act of England came into force on the 21st of December 2005 and Elton John and John Furnish were one of the first to take advantage of it, standing together at Windsor Guildhall to form a civil partnership.
In 2014, gay marriage was legalized in England and on the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, the 21st of December 2014, Elton John got married to David Furnish. Together they have created a family – having two sons: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John who was given birth to by a surrogate mother on the 25th of December 2010 and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John who came to them in January 2013.
As one of the greatest music icons of the 20th century with a lot of albums and song credits to his name, Elton John is understandably very wealthy. He is estimated to be worth a whopping £195 million and Sunday Times has named him as part of the 10 wealthiest people in the British music industry. He owns property in Nice, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Venice and Holland Park in London aside his actual home in Old Windsor, Berkshire.
He is also believed to possess one of the largest private photography collections in the world. Elton is quite a big spender. In 2000, he revealed that he had blown through £30 million in just under two years, but he evidently still has quite a lot from where that came from.