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Elton John (1947-), Singer and composer

Sir Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)

Sitter in 11 portraits
Musician. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he was educated at Pinner County Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Music. He changed his name to Elton Hercules John, and began his career as a writer and singer in 1967. He toured the United States and became an overnight success in 1970. John became the first international pop star to perform in Russia in 1979. Vice-President of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain since 1975, he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1993. He has released more than 60 albums, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), and more than 600 songs. Candle in the Wind (1974) achieved international status when he sang it at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

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Elton John ('On the throne')

by Suzi Malin
tempera over gold leaf on gesso prepared board, 1978
NPG 6563

P717(9)

Elton John

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1989
NPG P717(9)

x34559

Elton John

by Terry O'Neill
bromide print, 1975
NPG x34559

x126151

Elton John

by Terry O'Neill
digital R-type colour print from original transparency, 1975
NPG x126151

x30129

Elton John

by Norman Parkinson
colour print, 1978
NPG x30129

x38272

Elton John

by John Swannell
bromide fibre print, 1989
NPG x38272

x76965

Elton John

by Alistair Morrison
C-type colour print, July 1990
NPG x76965

x137391

Elton John

by Bob Carlos Clarke
bromide print, 1991
NPG x137391

x182340

Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182340

x182341

Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182341

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Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182342