English music legend Sir Elton Hercules John turns 65 on Sunday, March 25!
The veteran musician, writer and composer is easily one of the most flamboyant entertainers in the industry and is also one of the most sucessful - the fact that he has sold over 250 million records in a 40-year career is proof enough of that.
If the sheer numbers of records sold does little to justify his success, consider that Sir John has won six Grammies, four Brits and one each of a Golden Globe, a Tony award and an Academy award. In 2004, he was voted 49 in Rolling Stones' list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. 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).
One of his biggest and most popular (certainly the most sentimental moment in his career) was the 1997 single "Candle in the Wind", sung in tribute to his late friend, Diana, Princess of Wales, after her tragic death in an automobile accident.
On a personal front, the singer entered into a civil union with David Furnish, in 2005. He continues to be a champion, not only for LGBT causes, but also against AIDS. The singer founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation that works to eradicate the disease.
For all his services to the music industry and the British empire, Elton John was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE) and also received a knighthood from the Queen.
Happy Birthday Sir Elton John!