Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven number ones in the UK and nine in the US, as well as seven consecutive number-one albums in the US. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also produced records and occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary life president of the club.
Elton John endured a terrifying in-flight ordeal when his private jet encountered a hydraulic failure at 10,000 feet and was forced to make an emergency landing.The “Rocket Man” singer was on his way to New York from the UK when trouble hit.
About an hour into the journey, the pilot was forced to turn around near the coast of southern Ireland.To make a bad situation much worse, 80 mph winds made the emergency landing a harrowing ordeal.
The plane had to abort landing twice as firefighters from six local stations and ambulance crews waited on the Farnborough Airport tarmac.“The terrible weather and epic gusts made it almost impossible to land.