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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.
Reg Dwight, later to be known as Elton John
, quits school to work as a messenger for Mills Music in London, UK.
An advert in NME declares Elton John
to be 1968's greatest new talent.
writes his first hit, Your Song
, with his lyric-writing partner Bernie Taupin on the roof of Mills Music, 20 Denmark Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Newly-emerging singer-songwriter Elton John
plays at The Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA.
is rushed to a Harley Street, London, UK, clinic, suffering from chest pains believed to be related to exhaustion caused by overwork.
plays the second 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.
On his Jump Up
tour, Elton John
plays the first of three nights at The Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA.
plays the second of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
plays the first of three nights at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
plays the last of three nights at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
plays the second of three nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Anti-apartheid demonstrators stage a protest outside a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania
, whose guests include Elton John
. They are angered that he has agreed to play a show in the controversial South African casino resort Sun City.
plays in Alpine Valley, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.
plays at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Opening a British tour, Elton John
plays the first of four nights at RDS, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
It is announced by Elton John
's manager, John Reid, that the star and his wife Renate Blauel have decided to 'continue living apart', but have no plans for a divorce.
appears as an animated version of himself in I'm With Cupid
, an episode of tv series The Simpsons in the USA.
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.
plays the first of three nights at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK.
plays in Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Sanctuary Records, whose artist roster includes Elton John
, announces that a drop in sales of its records has resulted in a profit drop from £7m to £1m for the past year.
It is reported that Sir Elton John
has invited Amy Winehouse - currently recovering from drink and drug problems in the Caribbean - to perform at his 2009 Academy Awards party in Hollywood. The lavish post-Oscars bash raises money for the Elton John
spends his 63rd birthday visiting the Football For Hope Centre, an HIV awareness facility in Khayelitsha in the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, to monitor how a $15m contribution has been used.
with The Million Dollar Piano is playing at The Colosseum
at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
plays at The SAP Centre, San Jose, California, USA.