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Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Commonly nicknamed the "Rocket Man" after his 1972 hit single of the same name, John has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 31 albums since 1969. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, John is acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his work during the 1970s, and his lasting impact on the music industry. John's music and showmanship have had a significant impact on popular music. His songwriting partnership with Taupin is one of the most successful in history.Raised in Pinner, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, a blues band he was a member of until 1967. He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for other artists, and John worked as a session musician for artists. In 1969, John released his debut album Empty Sky. In 1970, he formed the Elton John Band and released his first hit single, "Your Song", which became his first top ten in both the UK and the US. John's critical success was at its peak in the 1970s, when he released a streak of chart-topping albums in the US and UK, which began with Honky Château (1972) and culminated with Rock of the Westies (1975). John continued his success in the 1980s and 1990s, having several hit singles and albums in both decades, and has continued to record new music since then. He has also had success in musical films and theatre, composing music for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. In 2017, John released the greatest hits album Diamonds, spanning his hits from 1970 to 2016. In 2018, John began his ongoing farewell tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which will conclude in 2023. John's autobiography, Me, was published in 2019. That same year, his life and music career was dramatised in the biopic Rocketman. While he did not appear in his own biopic, John has made cameos in other films and television shows.Outside of music, John is an HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser, and has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. Following the deaths of Ryan White and Freddie Mercury, John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, and a year later he began hosting his annual Foundation Academy Awards Party, which has since become one of the biggest high-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over £300 million. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and again from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary life president of the club. John announced he was bisexual in 1976 and has been openly gay since 1988. He entered into a civil partnership with Canadian filmmaker David Furnish in 2005; they married after same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in 2014.John is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 300 million records worldwide in a six decade career in music. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including nine number ones in the UK and US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His 1973 double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and his 1974 Greatest Hits compilation album are among the best-selling albums worldwide. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", a rewritten version of his 1974 single in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling chart single of all time. In 2019, John was ranked by Billboard as the top solo artist in US chart history (third overall), and the top Adult Contemporary artist of all time. In 2021, John became the first solo artist with UK Top 10 singles across six decades.John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards; including for Outstanding Contribution to Music; two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and charitable services in 1998. French President Emmanuel Macron presented John with France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, in 2019, and called John a "melodic genius" and praised his work on behalf of the LGBT community.

May 19, 2022

Queen, Diana Ross, Elton John, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys & More For Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

The show will take place on 3 stages in front of the palace with an in-person audience of 22,000 and be broadcast live on BBC One and Radio 2

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May 19, 2022

Elton John Career-Spanning Doc ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ Lands at Disney

Oscar-nominated filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who directed the Billie Eilish documentary 'The World’s a Little Blurry' is directing alongside producer/director David Furnish.

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May 19, 2022

Elton John documentary ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ announced

It will include unseen concert footage from the past 50 years The post Elton John documentary ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ announced appeared first on NME.

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May 19, 2022

Queen, Diana Ross and Elton John announced for the Queen’s Jubilee concert

Duran Duran, Craig David and Eurovision singer Sam Ryder are also on the bill The post Queen, Diana Ross and Elton John announced for the Queen’s Jubilee concert appeared first on NME.

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May 18, 2022

Elton John to Get the Official Documentary Treatment With ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

Film will be centered around the musician's ongoing farewell tour, while also looking back at his career-defining run in the early Seventies

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May 17, 2022

Elton John praises Blackpool footballer Jake Daniels after coming out: “A courageous and game-changing statement”

Daniels has become the first active men's professional to come out as gay since 1990 The post Elton John praises Blackpool footballer Jake Daniels after coming out: “A courageous and game-changing statement” appeared first on NME.

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May 16, 2022

Elton John & Dua Lipa’s ‘Cold Heart’ Hits No. 1 on Adult Contemporary Chart

John achieves his record-extending 18th AC leader and Lipa lands her second.

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May 13, 2022

Eurovision 2022: Team behind Sam Ryder say “you can’t blame politics – we have a winning formula”

Ben Mawson from Dua Lipa's TaP Music management tells NME about selecting Sam, the Bowie and Elton John elements to his song 'Space Man', and the bid to have Eurovision "finally taken seriously" The post Eurovision 2022: Team behind Sam Ryder say “you can’t blame politics – we have a winning formula” appeared first on NME.

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May 3, 2022

Kelly Clarkson Brings the Heat to Warm Up a ‘Cold Heart’ for Kellyoke: Watch

"Cold Heart" mashes up lyrics from four of Elton John's songs -- "Rocket Man," "Sacrifice," "Kiss the Bride" and "Where's the Shoorah."

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April 21, 2022

Elton John’s ‘Madman Across The Water’ Gets Deluxe Reissue For 50th Anniversary

The reissue will feature previously unreleased tracks, including piano demo versions of singles "Tiny Dancer" and "Levon."

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April 21, 2022

Kaskade & Deadmau5’s Kx5 Tops Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart With ‘Escape’

Plus, moves for Joel Corry, David Guetta & Bryson Tiller, Elton John & Dua Lipa and Becky Hill & Ella Henderson.

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April 21, 2022

Elton John announces 50th anniversary reissue of ‘Madman Across The Water’

The singer/songwriter's fourth studio album was originally released in November 1971 The post Elton John announces 50th anniversary reissue of ‘Madman Across The Water’ appeared first on NME.

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April 21, 2022

Elton John Announces 50th-Anniversary Reissue of ‘Madman Across the Water’

Deluxe edition of 1972 LP features 18 unreleased tracks, from piano demos of entire album, including "Tiny Dancer" and "Levon," to BBC recordings

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April 14, 2022

Charlie Puth Vows to Always ‘Tell the Truth’ Musically After Elton John Said His Music ‘Sucked’

"It was kind of a wake-up call. I was in denial a little bit," Puth explained.

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April 13, 2022

Charlie Puth Turns On the Charm With ‘Light Switch’ Performance on ‘Ellen’

Singer-songwriter also discussed how Elton John inspired him to revamp his sound

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April 9, 2022

U2, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and more share messages for ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign

"Refugees in Ukraine and around the world need our help now,” Springsteen said in his video message The post U2, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and more share messages for ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign appeared first on NME.

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April 2, 2022

Elton John Credits Ryan White’s Family With Saving His Life

“I knew that my lifestyle was crazy and out of order. And six months later, I got sober and clean and have been ever since,” John said.

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March 31, 2022

Here’s How Lisa Kudrow Reacted to Courteney Cox, Ed Sheeran, Elton John & Brandi Carlile’s ‘Friends’ Cover

The spoof "Hold Me Closer Young Tony Danza" was originally sung by Kudrow's character Phoebe Buffay.

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March 29, 2022

Elton John announces new dates for his final North American tour

The icon is set to perform 11 more shows on the farewell tour The post Elton John announces new dates for his final North American tour appeared first on NME.

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March 29, 2022

Elton John Sets Final North America Dates on ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour

As a late 75th birthday to his fans, Elton John sets out the remaining dates for his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour."

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March 29, 2022

Elton John Announces Final ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ North American Tour Dates

Singer will end U.S. leg of tour with a three-night stand at Dodger Stadium in November

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March 28, 2022

Why Britney Spears Didn’t Attend Elton John’s Oscars Party With Sam Asghari

The fitness model also spilled on Donatella Versace's recent visit to his home with the pop star.

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March 28, 2022

Elton John Recalls How He Was Once Barred From Adopting a Ukrainian Child ‘Because I Was Gay’

In his new interview with Dua Lipa, John talks about how the young boy led him to eventually becoming a father.

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March 28, 2022

Music Superstars Join Forces for Global ‘Stand Up for Ukraine’ Social Media Rally

The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Radiohead, Garth Brooks and many more are part of the effort.

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March 27, 2022

Elton John Plays ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ for Taylor Hawkins, ‘One of the Greatest Drummers’ and ‘Nicest People’

"This song is for him, and his family, and his wife and his children," Elton John said in his tribute to Taylor Hawkins.

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March 27, 2022

Watch Elton John dedicate ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ to Taylor Hawkins

"He was one of the nicest people you could have ever met, and one of the greatest drummers" The post Watch Elton John dedicate ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ to Taylor Hawkins appeared first on NME.

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March 27, 2022

Elton John on Taylor Hawkins: ‘One of the Greatest Drummers and a True Musician’

Singer dedicates "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" at Iowa concert to Foo Fighters drummer who appeared on his Lockdown Sessions

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March 26, 2022

Dua Lipa says her third album is “50 per cent done”

She told Elton John that the 'Future Nostalgia' follow-up is "starting to take shape" The post Dua Lipa says her third album is “50 per cent done” appeared first on NME.

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March 25, 2022

Harry Styles, Elton John, Beyoncé, Machine Gun Kelly, Jennifer Lopez & More of the Week’s Biggest Winners (March 25)

From Harry Styles' album announcement to Elton John's 75th birthday, take a look at the "awards" Billboard gave this week's headlines.

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Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)

May 20, 2022

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Sausage Rolls for Everyone

December 17, 2021

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Merry Christmas

December 3, 2021

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The Lockdown Sessions

October 22, 2021

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The Lockdown Sessions (Christmas Edition)

October 22, 2021

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Cold Heart (Acoustic)

October 12, 2021

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Cold Heart (Claptone Remix)

October 8, 2021

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Finish Line

September 30, 2021

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After All

September 22, 2021

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Cold Heart (PS1 Remix)

September 17, 2021

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Cold Heart (The Blessed Madonna Remix)

September 10, 2021

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Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)

August 13, 2021

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It’s a sin

May 11, 2021

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Chosen Family (with Elton John)

April 15, 2021

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Jewel Box

November 13, 2020

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I Can't Go On Living Without You

November 11, 2020

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Come Down In Time (Jazz Version)

October 30, 2020

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Bang A Gong (Get It On)

September 4, 2020

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Learn To Fly (Extended Version)

July 17, 2020

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Learn To Fly (with Elton John)

June 12, 2020

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Live From Moscow (Live From Moscow / 1979)

January 24, 2020

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(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again [From "Rocketman" / Purple Disco Machine Remix]

December 19, 2019

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Rocketman (Music From The Motion Picture)

May 24, 2019

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Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) / Pinball Wizard [Live From Moscow / 1979]

April 13, 2019

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Spotify Singles

December 12, 2018

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Step Into Christmas

December 7, 2018

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Elton John at Live Aid (Live at Wembley Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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2 Fingers of Whiskey (Music from The American Epic Sessions)

June 1, 2017

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All in the Name (Remixes)

July 1, 2016

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I Love You All the Time (Play It Forward Campaign)

March 18, 2016

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Wonderful Crazy Night (Deluxe)

February 5, 2016

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I Wish We Were Leaving

February 21, 2014

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The Diving Board (Deluxe Version)

September 16, 2013

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The Diving Board

September 16, 2013

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Home Again

January 1, 2013

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The Union (Deluxe)

October 19, 2010

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The Union

January 1, 2010

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Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Live From Movie Rocks)

January 1, 2007

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Elton 60 - Live At Madison Square Garden

January 1, 2007

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The Captain and The Kid

September 15, 2006

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The Bridge

January 1, 2006

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Captain Fantastic Live Tracks From Madison Square Gardens

January 1, 2006

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Electricity (US Version)

January 1, 2005

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Peachtree Road

November 7, 2004

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Peachtree Road (Expanded Edition)

November 7, 2004

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Songs From The West Coast

January 1, 2002

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Songs From The West Coast (Expanded Edition)

October 1, 2001

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One Night Only

November 21, 2000

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The Road To El Dorado (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

January 1, 2000

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Live In Australia (Remastered 1998)

January 1, 1998

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The Big Picture

September 22, 1997

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Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About ...

January 1, 1997

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Made In England

March 17, 1995

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Duets

November 22, 1993

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Rare Masters

October 20, 1992

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The One

June 22, 1992

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Sleeping With The Past (Remastered with bonus tracks)

August 29, 1989

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The Complete Thom Bell Sessions

February 1, 1989

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Reg Strikes Back

June 24, 1988

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Leather Jackets

October 15, 1986

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Ice On Fire

November 7, 1985

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Breaking Hearts

July 9, 1984

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Too Low For Zero

May 30, 1983

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Jump Up!

January 1, 1982

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The Fox

January 1, 1981

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21 At 33

May 13, 1980

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Victim Of Love

October 13, 1979

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A Single Man

October 1, 1978

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Here And There

April 30, 1976

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Blue Moves

January 1, 1976

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Rock Of The Westies

October 24, 1975

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Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

May 19, 1975

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Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (Deluxe Edition)

May 19, 1975

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Caribou

June 28, 1974

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Remastered)

October 5, 1973

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Celebration / Super Deluxe)

October 5, 1973

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Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

January 22, 1973

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Honky Chateau

May 19, 1972

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Madman Across The Water

November 5, 1971

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17-11-70

March 12, 1971

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Tumbleweed Connection

October 30, 1970

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Elton John

April 10, 1970

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Empty Sky

June 6, 1969

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