With a trailblazing career that has lasted six decades, Sir Elton John remains one of the most revered musicians in the world. Fearless, flamboyant and unapologetic, he has not only sold more than 300 million records worldwide but has earned (among other accolades) five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Disney Legend Award and the Kennedy Center Honor.
Elton is also known for his humanitarian efforts, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $600 million dollars to support HIV related programs in more than 55 countries. In celebration of the Rocket Man's 75th birthday on March 25, take a look at the top picks from his music and film career.
The Oscar-winning biopic Rocketman is the epic musical story that depicts Elton's breakthrough years in the 1970s and his fantastic transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.
Elton teamed up with journalist Alexis Petridis for Me, his insightful and intimate autobiography, which covers his difficult childhood through his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
In his deeply personal memoir Love Is the Cure, Elton recalls his life during the era of the HIV/AIDS crisis. After losing his friends Ryan White and Freddie Mercury to AIDS in the early 1990s, Elton dedicates himself to stop the stigma of AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was launched in 1992.
Elton's seventh studio album, the 1973 release Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, is his magnum opus. With its themes of introspection, childhood and nostalgia, the album remains one of his most successful projects.
Recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lockdown Sessions is a compilation album that finds Elton collaborating with younger artists such as Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X and Young Thug, reinforcing his undeniable star power in an ever-changing music industry.