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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.
Charles G. Dawes, the only US Vice president ever to write a popular music hit, dies in Evanston, Virginia. In 1911 Dawes wrote a wordless tune, Melody In A Major, which became a popular music standard when words were added to it by Carl Sigman who re-named it It's All In the Game. The song was a major hit for Tommy Edwards in 1958, and has also been covered by The Four Tops, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Nat "King" Cole, Brook Benton, Elton John and Jason Donovan.
Reg Dwight, later to be known as Elton John, quits school to work as a messenger for Mills Music in London, UK.
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin are signed as songwriters to Dick James Music in London, UK.
The Family Dogg release a new single, A Way Of Life, in the UK, Europe. The session pianist on the disc is Elton John.
Elton John writes his first hit, Your Song, with his lyric-writing partner Bernie Taupin on the roof of Mills Music, 20 Denmark St, London, UK.
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Elton John plays at The Jazz, Folk And Blues Festival, Yorkshire, 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 makes his first appearance in the Billboard US Albums Chart with Elton John, which will peak at No4, spending a total of 28 weeks on the chart.
The Kinks, Elton John, Ballin' Jack and Juicy Lucy play the last of three nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Elton John records Levon and Goodbye, at Trident Studios in London, UK, for his album Madman Across The Water with producer Gus Dudgeon. He also fits in a gig at Bradford University, Bradford, UK.
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Elton John plays at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California, supported by Family.
Island Girl by Elton John is the new No1 single in the Billboard Chart in the USA.
Elton John plays the first of four nights at Rossya Hall, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
After a lengthy court battle, Dick James of music publishers DJM is ordered to pay £5m in unpaid royalties to Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The pair fail, however, to recover the copyrights on 169 of their songs.
Elton John plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Elton John plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Cliff Richard, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Status Quo and Elton John play in a charity show at Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The event is a Knebworth Festival-benefit for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center and the BPI's Brit School for the Performing Arts.
Dee Murray, bassist for Elton John's band, dies of a stroke, aged 45, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. For many years, Murray had suffered with skin cancer.
The fourteenth BRIT Awards event is held at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, hosted by Elton John and RuPaul. Winners include Sting for Best British Male Solo Artist, Brian Eno as Best British Producer, Crowded House as International Group and Van Morrison as Outstanding Contribution. Pray by Take That wins for Best British Single and Best British Video, and the band perfoms live doing a medley of the Beatles' hits. Prince wins the Best International Male Artist award.
Elton John plays at the Bpa Palace, Pesaro, Italy, Europe.
It is reported that Sir Elton John has collapsed during a flight from France to Ireland, on his way to attend the wedding of Victoria 'Posh Spice' Adams and footballer David Beckham.
In the High Court in London, UK, it is alleged by Mark Hapgood QC, that Elton John once spent £30m in just under two years - an average of £1.5m a month. Mr Hapgood suggests that Sir Elton went "spending mad" following a £42m deal with recording company Polygram in February 1996. The claims are made during a court case in which the singer is suing Andrew Haydon [former MD of management company John Reid Enterprises] for negligence. Sir Elton also accuses City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers of negligence in managing his affairs.
Lulu stars in the UK tv presentation An Audience with Lulu. Elton John, Sting, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating of Boyzone and Samantha Mumba appear as her guests, and sing duets with her.
Lonnie Donegan, instigator of Britain's skiffle music craze and an influence on many rock'n'rollers including The Beatles, Elton John, Phil Spector and Van Morrison, dies aged 71 in Peterborough, UK.
In a ceremony held at Elton John's UK mansion, Elvis Costello marries jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Diana Krall. Paul McCartney is among the 150 guests attending the wedding.
Elton John plays in Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
A life-sized statue of Elton John, sculpted in chocolate, is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London, England, UK, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate.
Elton John plays at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Elton John plays at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Madonna sends her best wishes to Elton John following his description of her as 'a miserable cow' for not attending his wedding reception.
The Sunday Times Rich List is published, showing that Elton John, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger suffered significant drops in their earnings last year because of the global economic downturn. Sir Elton John's wealth decreased by more than a quarter 'a loss of about £175m. Former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney lost about £60m from his £500m fortune, while Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is said to have lost around 16%, leaving him with a personal stash of £190m.
Billy Joel and Elton John play at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pollstar reports that U2 was the most successful live act of 2009, raking in $123m from its stadium tours. The irish band is followed in the ratings by Bruce Springsteen and the duo of Elton John and Billy Joel.
Billy Joel and Elton John play a Face 2 Face concert at the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Elton John plays at The O2, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Official birth documents are made public showing Sir Elton John as the father and his husband David Furnish as the 'mother' of their adopted son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, born a few days earlier to a surrogate mother in California, USA. Speculation mounts that Elton was the sperm donor and, thus, the child's biological father.
It is confirmed that Aberdeen Football Club bosses have won an out of court settlement following a six-year compensation fight against London-based Marshall Arts Ltd, the promoter behind an Elton John sell-out show which wrecked the club's Pittodrie pitch.
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, several of the British music business's richest men urge the government to create "a strong domestic copyright framework" which, they claim, will "stimulate growth in sectors where Britain has a competitive edge". Those signing the letter include Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, Sir Elton John, Robert Plant, Professor Green, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah.
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.
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 with The Million Dollar Piano is playing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Elton John and Sara Bareilles perform together at The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 2014 Hot Pink Party at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
Elton John plays at La Geode, Paris, France, Europe.
Elton John plays at Domplatz, Fulda, Germany, Europe.
Elton John plays at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sir Elton John plays at Outdoors @ AECC, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Elton John and Lady Gaga perform live on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA, as a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for its support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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