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Sir Elton Is Still Standing at 73

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Sir Elton John is 73 on the 25th of March.

Reginald Dwight played piano at a young age and started lessons from age 7.

At 15 he was performing at a nearby pub and was known as simply Reggie.

In '62 he formed the band Bluesology, which included members Long John Baldry and saxaphone player Elton Dean.

In '67 he answered an ad in New Musical Express and was partnered with lyric writer Bernie Taupin.

In the same year he starting using the name Elton John, taken from his former Bluesology bandmates.

In 1970 his seventh single Your Song was a top 10 hit around the world and the rest, as they say, is history.

Some of his other hits in the 70's include Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle In The Wind, Benny & The Jets and Don't Go Breaking My Heart, a duet with Kiki Dee.

His first album in the new decade was The Fox, which contained only four collaborations with Bernie Taupin and was not a big seller.

His third album of the 80's, Two Low For Zero, became one of his biggest hits with songs like Kiss The Bride, I'm Still Standing, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, Crystal and the title track.

Some of his other hits in the 80's include Sad Songs, Blue Eyes, Passengers, Nikita, I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That and Sacrifice.

He also recorded duets with fellow superstars George Michael, Cliff Richard and Aretha Franklin.

In '85 he performed six songs at the charity concert Live Aid in London.

In the 90's he again recorded duets with George Michael and Kiki Dee aswell as Eric Clapton.

In '94 he worked with Tim Rice recording the music for the Disney Film The Lion King.

Sadly in '97 he performed at the funeral of Princess Diana and his re-recording of Candle In The Wind became the fastest and biggest selling song in history.

In the next decade Elton continued with new music with 2001's album Songs From The West Coast containing the great songs I Want Love, This Train Don't Stop Anymore and Original Sin.

In 2003 a remixed version of an old song Are You Ready For Love? topped the charts in the UK.

Duets with Blue and 2Pac, posthumously, were hits in the 2000's.

At the start in 2018 Elton announced a three year farewell tour that started in Pennsylvania and is scheduled to finish in New Zealand in February 2021.

Some of his many honours include five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Elton has sold over 300 milion records, had more than 50 top 40 hits and was knighted by The Queen in 1998.

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