Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He is a British singer, composer and pianist. He became known in the mid-1970s for his hits "Your Song," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." Since his debut in 1967, he has sold more than 300 million records, including over 100 million in his native Britain alone. This makes him one of the most successful musicians of all time. Over the course of his career, he has landed more than fifty Top 40 hits in the British and American charts. In addition, there are countless other awards and nominations, including five Grammy Awards as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Elton John's musical style is characterized above all by his extraordinary voice, his classical piano compositions and his flamboyant stage show. He is considered one of the most innovative and creative musicians of his generation. In the course of his long career, he has reinvented himself time and again and broken new musical ground. His music is marked by both classical and pop influences and ranges from ballads to rock and pop songs to disco classics.
Elton John is not only a world-famous musician, but also a committed philanthropist. He has campaigned for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights for many years and was one of the first celebrities to openly acknowledge their homosexuality. In 1992, he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which is now one of the largest private funders of global AIDS prevention and control. In addition, Elton John is also committed to the rights of children and young people and to environmental protection.
Elton John's commitment to social and political issues has made him one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. His music and distinctive style have inspired and influenced generations of people. He is a passionate artist, philanthropist and activist who has always championed the rights of the disadvantaged.
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