Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. With his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, Elton has written some of the greatest songs of our time including 'Rocket Man', 'Your Song', ‘Candle In The Wind’, ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ and ‘Sacrifice’. He has achieved over 40 gold and platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time.
Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He has had 56 top forty singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley, and holds the record of 69 entries on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. He achieved seven number one albums in a three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975, a period of concentrated success surpassed only by The Beatles.
Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played more than 3,500 concerts worldwide. He continues to record and to tour the world, performing both solo and band concerts, and usually plays around 100 concerts each year. Currently he is on the ‘quest for 100 countries’ - aiming to play concerts in as many nations as possible.
Elton remains committed to his music and to touring, becoming more, rather than less, busy as time passes. In September 2011 The Million Dollar Piano opened at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas to fantastic reviews.
2012 gave Elton a UK number one album - his first in 22 years - with Good Morning To The Night, the remix project by Elton John versus Pnau. This album introduced Elton’s music to a new, young audience who sang along heartily to 'Your Song' when Elton performed it at a summer festival in Ibiza that year.
In 2013 Elton released his 32nd studio album, The Diving Board, his second in a row with acclaimed producer T Bone Burnett, which entered the UK and US album charts at numbers 3 and 4 respectively. Simultaneously he was awarded the first ever BRIT Icon Award and that year performed 112 concerts in 21 countries.
March 2014 saw Elton celebrate his most successful studio album with a 40th Anniversary deluxe re-issue of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Elton and his band continue to tour throughout the year with shows in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.