Elton John
Sir Elton John, CBE
Background information
Born: Reginald Kenneth Dwight
March 25, 1947 (age 67)
Pinner, Middlesex, England
Cause of death:
Alternate names:
Occupation(s): Rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, and occasional actor
Years active: 1969-present
Spouse(s): Renate Blauel (1984-1988)
David Furnish (2005-present)
Children: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John
Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John

Sir Elton John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947) is an English singer-songwriter and composer. He is well known for composing several songs for Disney's 1994 animated film, The Lion King, including Circle of Life, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Hakuna Matata, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, with English lyricist, Tim Rice. Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, won an Acadamy Award for Best Song and the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Elton also performs popular cover versions of Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Circle of Life, and I Just Can't Wait to Be King.

He is known for many songs such as Crocodile Rock and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which were also played in the The Muppet Show episode in which he guest starred. Elton also sang Don't Go Breaking My Heart with Minnie Mouse in Totally Minnie and Miss Piggy in his guest appearance on The Muppet Show.

In 1998, Elton teamed up with Rice once again to write music for two Broadway musicals produced by Disney; Aida, and of course, a stage version of The Lion King.

In 2002, Elton made a cameo appearance in The Country Bears.

In 2006, Elton became a Disney Legend for his acclaimed work in The Lion King.

John is also slated to appear in the upcoming Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular.

John's flashy onstage persona partly inspired Dr. Teeth's groovy look. Michael Frith's original sketch for Dr. Teeth has the heading "Leon 'Doctor' Eltonjohn Dontshoot (the Piano Player)."

In his book Before You Leap, Kermit says his mother booked Elton John into the local theatre, the Bayou Bijou. While there she introduced John to the crocodile that inspired "Crocodile Rock."

When asked about their musical influences during an interview to promote The Muppets, Dr. Teeth said, "Personally speakin’ I gotta shout out to the great Dr. John, as well as the inestimable Elton John and the inextinguishable Liberace."


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