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Elton John

Nudie Cohn is born in Kiev, Ukraine, Europe. He will find fame as the designer of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons. He will also make Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
Martin Ditcham is born in Ilford, Essex, UK. He will find international acclaim as a drummer working with - to name a few - The Rolling Stones, Sade, Elton John, Tina Turner, Everything But The Girl, U2, Mary Black, Diana Ross, Brian May and Chris Rea.
Michael Siegfried Raphael is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, best-known for his work with Willie Nelson, but also contributing his musical gifts to Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, M
Marilyn Monroe is found dead in bed, with an empty bottle of Nembutal sleeping pills by her side, in her home in Los Angeles, California, USA. Bernie Taupin and Elton John will write Candle In The Wind about her life. In 1952, Ray Anthony And His Orchestra recorded the song Marilyn about her for Capitol Records.
Bluesology, featuring unknown keyboardist and vocalist Reg Dwight, later known as Elton John, record Come Back, Baby at Philips' Studios, London, UK.
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Elton John plays at The Revolution Club, London, UK.
Elton John plays at The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK.
Elton John plays at St. Mary's College, Twickenham, London, 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.
At The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, Elton John plays his first American gig.
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Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Border Song (written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin), on Atlantic Records in the USA.
The Kinks, Elton John, Ballin' Jack and Juicy Lucy play the first of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Kinks, Elton John, Ballin' Jack and Juicy Lucy play the first of three nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Newly emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays at The University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.
Newly emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Elton John performs three songs live on UK tv show Top Of The Pops. Also appearing are Cliff Richard, Tony Christie and Marvin, Welch And Farrar.
Elton John is awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A. for his album Rock Of The Westies. On the same day, he gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Elton John begins a three-week run at No.1 in the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart in the USA with Rock Of The Westies.
Elton John is interviewed on UK tv news in his capacity as chairman of Watford Football Club.
Elton John plays the first of four nights at The Great October Hall, Leningrad, Russia, Europe.
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Elton John plays the second of three nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays a second night at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
Elton John records I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, at AIR Studios, in Montserrat, Caribbean.
Elton John and Tina Turner are the guests on the first ever edition of UK tv chat show Wogan, hosted by Terry Wogan.
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UK singer, songwriter and publisher Dick James dies of a heart attack. James was important in the careers of many artists including The Beatles and Elton John.
Chairman/rock star Elton John sells Watford Football Club to media tycoon Robert Maxwell for £2m.
Elton John enters rehab in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to combat his bulimia and various drug and alcohol addictions.
A funeral service is held for Freddie Mercury of Queen at Kensal Green Cremtorium, Harrow Road, London, England, UK, Europe. The service is conducted by a Zaroastrian priest, and the congregation includes David Bowie and Elton John. Mercury is later cremated but the subsequent location of his ashes remains unknown.
A white-supremacist plot to assassinate Ice-T and Ice Cube is uncovered by the FBI, and revealed to the UK in NME, following the firebombing of the offices of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People in Tacoma, Washington, USA. On the same day, Elton John auctions his entire record collection, with proceeds going to AIDS charities.
Elton John plays the first of four nights at The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa, accompanied by percussionist Ray Cooper. Before the show, Elton is warned by venue staff no to wear his white suit, as it would attract insects in the dark, especially with stage lights being focussed on it. Elton ignored the advice, and then had to halt the show when swarms of insects descended on him.
In court in London, UK, Elton John apologises to his former lover and business manager, John Reid, for dragging up details of a criminal conviction during testimony. In the witness box for the third day running, Sir Elton tells a packed court that he regretted making a "very irresponsible remark" about Reid. [Sir Elton had said that Mr Reid had been jailed for punching a woman.]
Elton John and Ryan Adams perform together at a studio in the back of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in a taping for the tv show CMT Crossroads. Among their collaborations are duets on Jim Reeves' He'll Have To Go and Jerry Lee Lewis' Great Balls Of Fire.
Elton John and Ryan Adams appear together on CMT Crossroads. Their collaborations include versions of Jim Reeves' He'll Have To Go and Jerry Lee Lewis' Great Balls Of Fire.
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.
The Annual Q Awards ceremony is held in London, England, UK. Elton John, on hearing that Madonna has been nominated as the best live act, accuses her of lip-synching.
Tidworth-born James Blunt opens for Elton John at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK.
Elton John plays at the Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK.
Elton John plays at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, England, UK.
Elton John plays in Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
We Belong Together by Mariah Carey enters the UK Top 75 singles chart at No2. Ghetto Gospel by 2Pac featuring Elton John remains at No1.
Forbes magazine publishes its annual list of the most successful entertainers of the past year, with Dr. Dre in the top position. Most of his $110m is not because of his music but because of his top-selling Beats headphones brand. The full Top Ten list is as follows : 1. Dr Dre $110mrn2. Roger Waters $88mrn3. Elton John $80mrn4. U2 $78mrn5. Take That $69mrn6. Bon Jovi $60mrn7. Britney Spears $58mrn8. Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift (tie) $57mrn10. Justin Bieber and Toby Keith (tie) $55m
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.
Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne and Sir Elton John are among the celebrities in attendance at the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California, USA.
Having lost its core funding, the British Music Experience museum in London, UK, closes down, and announces that it is seeking a new home.
On his Follow The Yellow Brick Road Tour, Elton John plays at Nordmole Zollhafen, Mainz, Germany, Europe.
Elton John plays at Marktplatz, Lörrach, Germany, Europe.
Ed Sheeran attends the wedding of Elton John and David Furnish, with a host of other stars.
Speaking at a Senate hearing in Washington DC, USA, Sir Elton John states that AIDS could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
Sir Elton John plays at Leipziger Messe, Halle:Eins, Leipzig, Germany, Europe.
Former live music entrepreneur John Utsick is sentenced in the Disctrict Court, Miami, Florida, USA, to 18 years in jail for defrauding nearly 3,000 investors out of $200m. Utsick's company, Worldwide Entertainment, had put on concerts by artists including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Britney Spears.