Elton John

Elton John


Elton John
Music: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Composer | Pop Musician | Singer | Songwriter
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, United Kingdom

The man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight was capable of being every bit as sensitive as other singer-songwriters of the early 1970s, thanks in part to the lyrics from his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

But in place of the sensitive folkie’s dowdy uniform of rumpled T-shirts, faded jeans and sandals, Elton John brought an outrageous sense of fun and fashion back to pop music with flamboyant stage attire and some of the wildest antics at his piano since the early days of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. It came together in an irresistible package that helped make him the biggest-selling pop musician of the 1970s.

John and Taupin’s remarkable string of pop hits, including “Your Song,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Candle in the Wind” were, by turns, elegant, spunky, anguished and deeply touching, and always melodically fresh and instantly memorable. After surmounting substance abuse problems, John emerged an elder statesman of pop music and a successful film and stage composer who continues to nurture and share his passion for any new music as distinctively inventive as his own.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1994 Best Original Song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King Win*
    1994 Best Original Song "Circle of Life" from The Lion King Nomination*
    1994 Best Original Song "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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