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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.
plays at The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK.
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.
, dressed as a gorilla, invades the stage during an Iggy Pop
performance at Richards Nightclub, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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.
is admitted to a clinic in London, UK, suffering severe chest pains. The diagnosis is an extreme case of exhaustion.
plays the last of four nights at The Great October Hall, Leningrad, Russia, Europe.
, 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.
plays the first of two nights at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
plays the first of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
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.
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.
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.
plays at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, England, UK.
releases a new album, Classic Moments, in the US, featuring guest spots by Elton John
and Mary J.Blige.
plays at Easter Road Football Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
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.
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
, 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.
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.
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.