singer and composer (born March 25, 1947, in London, England)A force of nature in the world of music, Sir Elton John is one of the most successful and influential musical artists of all time. His artistic reach is long, his generosity breathtaking and his presence powerful not only in popular music but also on the Broadway stage, on the Hollywood screen and beyond. Since his intensely personal 1970 ballad "Your Song," this inimitable Rocket Man of a piano man has conquered a field usually dominated by guitars and broke Elvis Presley’s record for the most consecutive years of Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts with 24 consecutive years on top. He has sold more than 60 million albums to date, and his work is far from over. Not one to be contained by musical or any other borders, John also has made his mark as a humanitarian of selfless devotion, a persuasive AIDS warrior, as a fearless champion of free speech.