Elton John, born in London in 1947, is the son of Stanley Dwight and Sheila Harris.
Stanley Dwight was a 'martinet' Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force.
Elton was raised mainly by his mother.
In 1975, Elton suffered a drug overdose.
In 1976, Elton declared that he was bisexual.
In 1984, Elton married Renate Blauel, a German recording engineer.
The Sun wrote that Elton 'demanded that the young male prostitutes found for him should be drugged with vast amounts of coke before being brought to his bed'.
The Daily Mirror then published a story in which the rent-boy said: "It's all a pack of lies, I made it all up. I only did it for the money … I've never met Elton John … I've never been to one of his concerts … In fact, I hate his music."
Elton has ten known godchildren, including Sean Lennon, David and Victoria Beckham's sons Brooklyn and Romeo, Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian Charles, and the daughter of Seymour Stein.
Elton owns properties in Old Windsor, Atlanta, Nice, London's Holland Park, and Venice.
There have been suggestions that Elton is sympathetic to Satanism.
In "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", which has music by Elton John and lyrics by Bernie Taupin, we find the words: "Back to the howling old owl in the woods..."
In "Saint", by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, we find the words: "To sweeten up the witch's brew You had a better way of working magic..."