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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.
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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An advert in NME declares Elton John to be 1968's greatest new talent.
Elton John plays his last concert as a member of the group Bluesology, in Scotland, UK, Europe.
Elton John 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.
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Elton John plays the second of six nights at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fotheringay play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, where they are somewhat upstaged by their flambouyant support act, a young singer-songwriter called Elton John.
Newly emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays the second of three nights at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Today's Other LP Chart, published by Time Out (London) and compiled from information supplied by several of the city's hipper record stores, is as follows:
  1. Tumbleweed Connection - Elton John (DJM)
  2. Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills (Atlantic)
  3. New Morning - Bob Dylan (CBS)
  4. Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd (Harvest)
  5. American Beauty (import) - Grateful Dead (Warner Bros)
  6. After the Goldrush - Neil Young (Reprise)
  7. Air Conditioning - Curved Air (Warners)
  8. Abraxas - Santana (CBS)
  9. Untitled - The Byrds (CBS)
  10. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Island)
Newly-emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays at The Convention Center, Anaheim, California, USA.
Elton John plays at Mothers Club, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
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Elton John is rehearsing at Record Plant Studios, New York City, USA, for his upcoming Madison Square Garden concert. He is joined at this rehearsal by John Lennon.
Elton John is rushed to a Harley Street, London, UK, clinic, suffering from chest pains believed to be related to exhaustion caused by overwork.
Elton John 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.
Elton John releases a new single in the UK, a version of The Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There, featuring John Lennon.
On his Jump Up tour, Elton John plays the first of three nights at The Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the first of three nights at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the last of three nights at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John 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.
Elton John plays in Alpine Valley, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.
Elton John plays at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Opening a British tour, Elton John plays the first of four nights at RDS, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
An Artists Against Apartheid album, Conspiracy Of Hope, is released featuring Sting, Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Steve Winwood.
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.
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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.
Elton John 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.
Elton John releases a new single, All That I’m Allowed, on Mercury Records worldwide.
Elton John plays the first of three nights at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK.
Elton John plays at Reebok Stadium, Bolton, UK.
Elton John 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 AIDS Foundation.
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.
Elton John and Leon Russell release a joint album, The Union, in the UK on Mercury Records.
Elton John, with Leon Russell as a guest performer, plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Elton John is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, to be treated for a 'serious' respiratory infection.
Elton John with The Million Dollar Piano is playing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
On his Follow The Yellow Brick Road Tour, Elton John plays at Warsteiner HockeyPark, Mönchengladbach, Germany, Europe.
Elton John plays at The SAP Centre, San Jose, California, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays the first of two nights at The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays the first of two nights at the Capital One Arena, Washington DC, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays at the PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays the first of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays at Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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