The Facts about Elten John

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Elton John’s career has certainly been successful, but there are a few secrets that even his most dedicated fans may not know. Here’s a look at the top 10 secrets about Elton John that you may not have heard of:

1) He was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight and only adopted his stage name in 1972 when he signed with DJM Records.

2) One of the big secrets is that, even though he’s been a successful solo artist for decades, Elton John actually first gained fame as part of a duo with Bernie Taupin. The two wrote an incredible number of hit songs together from the late 1960s through the early 1980s before entering into semi-retirement.

3) He is very close friends with singer and songwriter Danielle Haim. The two have collaborated on several songs throughout the years, often credited under their respective stage names.

4) Elton John has composed music for numerous films, including “The Lion King” and “Finding Nemo.” He was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1994 for his song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King.”

5) Elton John has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musical artists in history. He is also the third highest-grossing solo artist ever, behind only Madonna and Paul McCartney.

6) John is a prolific live performer and has played thousands of shows throughout his career, including more than 4,000 in the U.S alone. He holds the record for the most performances by a solo artist at Madison Square Garden with 66 shows.

7) His charity work is also well-known and he has raised millions for various causes throughout his career. Among the organizations he has supported are Doctors Without Borders and The Elton John AIDS Foundation.

8) He is a noted philanthropist and has pledged to give away at least half of his fortune to charitable causes when he passes away.

9) Elton John was awarded a knighthood in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

10) He is one of the few artists in history who have achieved the rare feat of having a solo top-five hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in five different decades.

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