Elton John

Elton John

Timeline of Elton John, a legendary British singer-songwriter known for his flamboyant stage presence and timeless hits. With a career spanning over five decades, he has left an indelible mark on the music industry as one of the best-selling artists of all time.


March 25, 1947


Pinner, Middlesex, England




Royal Academy of Music in London on a scholarship, where he studied classical piano and composition. However, he dropped out before completing his studies to pursue his music career.
25 March 1947

Birth of Elton John

Elton John was born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He would go on to become one of the most iconic musicians in the world.

01 June 1967

Meeting Bernie Taupin

In 1967, Elton John answered an advertisement for Liberty Records and was given some lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, which forged a long-term songwriting partnership that has produced more than 30 albums to date.

25 August 1970

US Debut Performance at The Troubadour

Elton John released 'Your Song', which would become his first hit single. It is the song that launched him to fame, reaching the top ten in both the UK and the US.

26 October 1970

Release of 'Your Song', his First Hit Single

Elton John released 'Your Song', which would become his first hit single. It is the song that launched him to fame, reaching the top ten in both the UK and the US. 

10 October 1975

Inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Elton John was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing his contributions to music and his status as a major international artist.

25 October 1975

Elton John's Dodger Stadium Performances

On October 25 and 26, 1975, Elton John played two consecutive sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. These performances were the largest by any artist at that venue since The Beatles in 1966.

05 February 1992

Establishment of Elton John AIDS Foundation

Elton John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation on February 5, 1992, with the aim of supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, education, and care services for people living with HIV.

14 June 1994

Release of 'The Lion King' Soundtrack

Elton John's career saw another milestone when he composed music for Disney's 'The Lion King,' which was released on June 15, 1994. The soundtrack became one of the best-selling albums of the year, with 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

03 April 1995

Induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 1995, Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recognizing his significant contribution to the music industry over several decades.

24 February 1998

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

On February 24, 1998, Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and charitable services, becoming Sir Elton John, CBE.

24 January 2018

Announcement of Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

Elton John announced his retirement from touring with the 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour on January 24, 2018. The tour was planned to conclude in 2021, marking the end of his half-century on the road.

31 December 2019

Brexit Coin Controversy

Elton John expressed discontent in 2019, regarding his name being used without permission by the UK government for a commemorative Brexit coin. He criticized the government for the lack of support shown to the music industry during the Brexit negotiations.

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