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Elton John

Robert Kirby is born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, UK. He will find success as a talented and much-loved string arranger for rock and folk music. First becoming known for his work on his university friend Nick Drake's albums Five Leaves Left and Bryter Later, Kirby will go on to work with Elton John, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, The Strawbs, The Magic Numbers and more.
A BBC Radio audition panel in London, UK, makes its observations on a demo tape submitted by Elton John - 'Male vocal in the 1968 feeling - thin, piercing voice with no emotional appeal... dreary songs... one key singer... pretentious material'.
On her BBC tv show, Lulu performs one of Britain's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest - I Can't Go On Living Without You - by unknown writing duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
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Newly emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays the second of three nights at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Kinks, Elton John, Ballin' Jack and Juicy Lucy play the first of three nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Elton John plays at Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, UK.
Elton John plays at The Sundown, Brixton, London, England, UK.
A new rock venue, The Roxy, opens in Los Angeles, California, USA, with a concert by Neil Young. The audience includes Carole King, Elton John and Jackson Browne.
Island Girl by Elton John is the new No1 single in the Billboard Chart in the USA.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee is at No1 in today's newly published Billboard magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
When Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in Central Park, New York City, USA, he performs the encore wearing a Donald Duck costume.
Elton John signs a new record deal with Geffen Records.
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 a second night at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at the Opera House, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the last of three nights at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has cancelled a charity show in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, because he is seriously ill with glandular fever.
Elton John proposes to German recording engineer Renate Blauel again, in the Mayur Indian Restaurant, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
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Nudie Cohn, the designer of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons, dies aged 81, in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA. He also made Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
Elton John plays in Alpine Valley, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.
It is announced that Elton John, who suffered throat problems during his recent tour of Australia, Oceania, is to undergo throat surgery, because of which he has cancelled all 1987 performances including a tour of the USA.
The front page of UK tabloid newspaper The Sun claims that the RSPCA is to investigate whether or not Elton John's Rottweilers have been silenced by surgery to prevent the dogs from barking.
Elton John issues a press announcement confirming rumours that he and his wife Renate Blauel are to divorce.
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On his Sleeping With The Past tour, Elton John plays at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA,
On his Sleeping With The Past tour, Elton John plays at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA,
On his Sleeping With The Past tour, Elton John plays at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA.
Sacrifice/Healing Hands by Elton John reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
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.
The hit single Sacrifice by Elton John is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Elton John plays the third of four nights at The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa, accompanied by percussionist Ray Cooper.
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.
Elton John plays at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK.
Elton John plays at the Hallam Arena, Sheffield, UK.
The Sanctuary Group, home to such artists as Elton John, Beyonce and Iron Maiden, announces that it has begun talks with third parties that could lead to a partial or outright sale of the company.
Elton John plays at Reebok Stadium, Bolton, UK.
Elton John and Lulu play in The County Ground, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
HMV reports that sales of Pink Floyd albums have increased 13-fold since their appearance at the weekend in the Live8 concert. Other acts to benefit significantly from boosted sales include Annie Lennox and The Who, but Pete Doherty of Babyshambles, who performed a duet with Elton John, has registered a drop in sales.
Elton John plays at The Colosseum, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Sir Elton John performs for a $1m fee at the fourth wedding of US broadcaster Rush Limbaugh to his longtime girlfriend Kathryn, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom, Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, California, USA.
While in Venice, Italy, Europe, Elton John and his partner David Furnish take their adopted son Zachary Jackson Levon for a boat ride on a canal.
Elton John is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA, to be treated for a 'serious' respiratory infection.
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.
Elton John begins recuperating at his mansion in Nice, France, Europe, after having had his appendix removed in an operation at Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco, Europe. He was recently forced to cancel several concerts because of appendicitis.
Elton John plays at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On his All The Hits tour, Elton John plays at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Elton John releases his 32nd album, Wonderful Crazy Night, worldwide.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays at The Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays at The Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.