Elton John Chronology

Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight - March 25, 1947

1950: began playing family piano

1958: won a Junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music attended every Saturday encouraged by his grandmother.

1961: Parents divorced

1962: took weekend job at Northwood Hills Hotel billed as Reggie where he played piano and sang popular songs of the day as well as some of his own compositions - formed band Bluesology - Did errands for music publishing company

1965: Band Bluesology played backup group for an American band touring UK

1966: Band played as supporting act for Long John Baldrey

1967: Answered an ad in new musical express by liberty records – Met Bernie Taupin a lyricist and lifelong partnership began.

1968: Began using Elton John & producing music with Bernie Taupin they joined DJM Records as songwriters - Releases first single “I’ve been loving you.” and others

1969: Releases first album

1970: Releases 2nd album reaches number 5 in UK and number 4 in USA many more. Meets John Reid who becomes his manager for 28 years. They start a torrential relationship which lasted 5 years.

1972: Legally changes name & Begins tour of USA

1975: Overdoses on cocaine and develops bulimia - Gets a star on Hollywood walk of Fame

1976: Announces he is bisexual

1979: Was first western to appear in USSR

1984: Married Renate Blauel a sound engineer in Sydney

1988: Divorced

1992: He and Bernie Taupin inducted into songwriter’s hall of fame

1993: Began relationship with David Furnish

1998: Knighted by Queen Elizabeth

2005: Married in Civil ceremony in UK to David Furnish

2011: First son by surrogate Zachery

2013: 2nd son Elizah by same surrogate mother

2014: Married in USA 2nd time to David Furnish