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Elton John

Charles G. Dawes, the only US Vice president ever to write a popular music hit, is born in in Marietta, Ohio. In 1911 Dawes will write a wordless tune, Melody In A Major, which will become a popular music standard under the name It's All In the game, when words are added to it by Carl Sigman. The song will be a major hit for Tommy Edwards in 1958, and will also be covered by The Four Tops, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Nat "King" Cole, Brook Benton, Elton John and Jason Donovan, to name only a few.
Nudie Cohn is born in Kiev, Ukraine, Europe. He will find fame as the designer of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons. He will also make Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
Nudie Cohn is born in Kiev, Ukraine, Europe. He will find fame as the designer of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons. He will also make Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
Jack Bruno, who will play drums for Tina Turner, Elton John, Jennifer Warnes, Cher, LeAnn Rimes and others, is born in London, UK.
Michael Siegfried Raphael is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, best-known for his work with Willie Nelson, but also contributing his musical gifts to Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, M
Elton John's first solo single, I've Been Loving You, is released by Philips Records in the UK, Europe.
Elton John releases a new single, It's Me That You Need, in the UK, Europe.
Elton John plays at The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK.
Elton John plays his first American gig at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA. The show is a spectacular success and Elton's career takes off soon after.
Elton John plays the fifth of six nights at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Border Song (written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin), on Atlantic Records in the USA.
Elton John releases a new single, Your Song, in the UK on DJM Records.
Eric Clapton, with the help of Pete Townshend of The Who, stages his comeback with a live all-star concert at The Rainbow, London, UK. Elton John, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page and Tony McPhee of The Groundhogs are among the celebrities in the audience. The opening act for the night is The Average White Band.
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Elton John, dressed as a gorilla, invades the stage during an Iggy Pop performance at Richards Nightclub, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Elton John reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with a cover of The Beatles’ song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. The track features John Lennon playing guitar.
During his gig at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, Elton John announces that he is retiring from live concerts. Stevie Wonder appears as a guest artist, playing harmonica.
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Elton John is admitted to a clinic in London, UK, suffering severe chest pains. The diagnosis is an extreme case of exhaustion.
Elton John plays the last of four nights at The Great October Hall, Leningrad, Russia, Europe.
John Reid, manager of Elton John, is charged with assault and battery, following an incident in which he struck a doorman at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA, with a cane, as he and Elton left for the airport.
Luxury casino and resort development Sun City is opened in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana, just outside the border of South Africa. The resort will become embroiled in international politics in 1985 when Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his music-industry activist group, Artists United Against Apartheid record the song Sun City, in which they vow never to perform at the resort because of its apartheid sympathies. Even so, artists including Queen, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Julio Iglesias, The O'Jays, Ray Charles, Boney M., Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and Laura Branigan did play at the Sun City Super Bowl.
UK newspaper The Sunday Express reports that Prince Andrew has asked Elton John to play at his 21st birthday party.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John attends the 3rd Test Match in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and is so delighted when the English cricketers defeat Australia that he pours champagne all over himself in celebration.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Elton John plays the third of six nights at the Omnisport, Bercy, Paris, France, Europe, he collapses from exhaustion on stage, but is soon revived and completes the show.
Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in The Presidential Inaugural Gala one day before Bill Clinton takes office in Washington DC, USA.
On their Face To Face tour, Billy Joel and Elton John play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blur win the Best British Group and three other awards at the fifteenth British Music Industry Awards (The BRITS) in Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Oasis are Best Newcomers, Elton John gets Outstanding Contribution, R.E.M. is best International Act and also plays live. Other live performers include Take That, Eternal, Madonna, Elton John and East 17.
Renowned record producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with Elton John and David Bowie, dies aged 59 when his car swerves off the M4 motorway between Reading and Maidenhead in the UK.
OK magazine’s annual Rich List reveals Sir Elton John to have been the UK’s highest earning entertainer in the previous year, having raked in £33m during 2004. The Osbournes come in second with £20m and American Idol/Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell is third with £18m.
Elton John plays at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, England, UK.
Patti LaBelle releases a new album, Classic Moments, in the US, featuring guest spots by Elton John and Mary J.Blige.
Elton John plays at Easter Road Football Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Elton John plays in The RDS Arena, Dublin, Eire, Europe, supported by Rufus Wainwright and James Blunt.
Elton John plays at The Colosseum, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Broadway smash Billy Elliot, with a musical score by Sir Elton John, wins ten Tony Awards, including best musical, best director of a musical and best actor for the three young performers who share its title character role.
Elton John and Santana play in a concert following the Dubai World Cup Races on the opening night of the Meydan Racecourse, Meydan City, Dubai, Asia.
Sir Elton John spends the day in St Tropez, France, Europe, with his long-time partner David Furnish. During the day they go shopping at the local Louis Vuitton store.
Elton John and Leon Russell release a joint album, The Union, in the UK on Mercury Records.
Elton John plays in the BBC2 Electric Proms at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK.
Sir Elton John, Victoria 'Posh Spice' Beckham and Joss Stone represent the pop music world as guests at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, London, UK. Ellie Goulding sings Your Song at the reception in Buckingham Palace afterwards, as the Royal Couple dance their first dance.
Elton John is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, to be treated for a 'serious' respiratory infection.
Australian group Pnau reaches No1 in the UK albums chart with Good Morning To The Night, an album on which they use Elton John's master tapes [with his permission] to create new versions of some of his best-known songs.
Suffering severe pain, Elton John walks off the stage during a concert at the Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle in Germany, Europe. He is later diagnosed with appendicitis and will have his appendix removed in an operation at Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco, Europe.
It is reported that Sir Elton John is to undergo surgery after being taken ill with appendicitis during recent European live dates and has cancelled several shows including a headline n imminent performance at Hyde Park, London, UK.
Sir Elton John is presented with the first ever BRITs Icon Award by Rod Stewart, at a gala concert marking Elton's return to the stage after surgery for appendicitis. Rod describes him as "the second-best rock singer ever". The Icon prize was created by the UK music industry's trade body, the BPI, which also runs the Brit Awards.
Justin Timberlake, Sir Elton John and Pharrell Williams are among the guests at an after party following the GQ Men of the Year Awards, London, UK.
Elton John plays at Les Nuits de Fourviere, Théâtre Antique de Fourvière, Lyon, France, Europe.
On his Follow The Yellow Brick Road Tour, Elton John plays at Warsteiner HockeyPark, Mönchengladbach, Germany, Europe.