Thursday, March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to Elton John!

The pop music icon and AIDS activist turns 63 today and he is still going strong!

Sir Elton Hercules John, was born on March 25, 1947 as Reginald Kenneth Dwight. He changed his name in 1972.

In his four-decade career, John has sold more than 250 million records,making him one of the most successful artists of all time.

His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 37 million copies, becoming the best selling single of all time.

He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits.

Elton has won five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s, and was knighted in 1998.

He entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on December 2005 and continues to be a champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social movements.

In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" (Third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna).

Happy Birthday to the legendary Elton John!

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