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British pop singer Sir Elton John has been winning over hearts all over the world since the 1960's! With the legend turning 76 this year, let's take a look back at some of his best moments through the years!
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After starting his career as a sub pianist in the 1960s, Sir Elton John would make his debut in 1969 with his first single "I've Been Loving You". He released his second album in 1970 that would mark the start of a successful worldwide career, with hit songs like "Border Song" and "Your Song" topping the charts in both the UK and US!
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While producing and performing hit 1972 single "Rocket Man" and 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Sir Elton also kept busy with his other hobby, football! Since he was a young boy, he had always supported the local Waterford Football club and even became the club's chairman and director in 1976!
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While Sir Elton John is known for his talent, he may be even better known for his extravagant costumes! Very early in his career Elton John came out has bisexual and fans have grown accustomed to his colorful and flamboyant outfits! His image wouldn't be the same without all the color!
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Some of Elton's best hits from the 1980s include "I'm Still Standing", "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", and "Nikita". His highest charting hit of the 80s would come in the form of a collaboration with singers Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder called "That's What Friends Are For"!
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The 1990s would bring even more success for Sir Elton John and would lead to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994! Along with Tim Rice, he would also help to write a majority of the soundtrack for Disney's The Lion King. Many of his songs were nominated for Academy Awards, including the winner for Best Original Song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"!
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Along with success, the 1990s were also filled with the loss of two of Elton John's closest friends, Gianni Versace and Diana, The Princess of Wales. Sir Elton John would be invited to perform at Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997, and it is the only time he has ever performed "Candle in the Wind" live! The song went on to become the best selling single in Billboard history and Elton would donate the proceeds to Princess Diana's charities!
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Sir Elton John has continued to be successful in the new millennium, appearing on stage, and in TV commercials! The 2000s would also mark his return to musical theater with the success of 2005's Billy Elliot the Musical, which Elton composed the music for!
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While Elton was receiving critical acclaim for his work, he was also making history with his personal life. In 2005, Elton and his longtime partner, David Furnish, were one of the first couples to enter into a civil partnership in the UK after the Civil Partnership Act was passed. They would later marry in 2014, when gay marriage was made legal in the UK. The couple have had two sons via a surrogate, 9-year-old Zachary and 7-year-old Elijah.