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Elton Hercules John

John, Elton Hercules, 1947–, English popular singer, pianist, and composer, b. Reginald Kenneth Dwight. By the mid-1970s he had become famous presenting his own and other composers' songs in spectacularly staged productions. His songs include "Benny and the Jets,""Rocket Man," and "Candle in the Wind." He was knighted in 1997.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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