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As the singer celebrates his 70th birthday, we look back at 15 of his most memorable moments.
Elton John's first record "I've been loving you" was released by Phillips records in England. Picture: PA
Elton John relaxes on a sofa and listens to some music in 1974. Picture: Getty
“I'm not everybody's cup of tea. But sometimes criticism can be hurtful. Be respectful. I'm a good piano player, I can sing well, I write good songs. If you don't like it, fair enough. But give me a break.” Picture: PA
“I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano.” Rock star Elton John performs on stage in Birmingham. Picture: PA
Elton John struts his stuff in a flamboyant stage outfit of white suit with feather trim and rhinestone encrusted glasses, circa 1973, because... well why not? Picture: Getty
Elton dusted off his disco ball for this duet with Kiki Dee. When released in 1976, it became his biggest hit up to that point. It also gave him his first UK number one.
“I could never go onstage in denims.” Elton John performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, 1975, wearing a sequinned baseball outfit. Picture: Getty
English pop star Elton John with a suitcase of his trademark sunglasses. 1974. Picture: Getty
Tiny Dancer was written in 1969 by Elton and his long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin. It went in to the top 10 in both the UK and US. Seven years later and the singer was enjoying huge popularity across the world. Picture: PA
“I love every minute of fatherhood, staying up all night, changing nappies, kids crying, I find it really funny and inspiring. It connects you to the world in a new way.” Picture: Getty
The family attend the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park. “I've had an amazing professional life, personal life, but at 64 to have a son who gives us that much love and enjoyment is, wow!” Picture: Getty
Unbelievably, Elton John didn’t have a solo number one in the UK before 1990.
Elton John performing during the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley, London. 1992. Picture: PA
Elton John performs onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Getty
Elton John performs at the 20th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala 'Love To Erase MS' at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in California. Picture: Getty