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.
Sir Elton John has backed calls for the Government to ban LGBT conversion therapies.The Rocket Man singer, along with Stephen Fry and Dua Lipa, signed an open letter to Women and Equalities Minister Liz Truss demanding an end to the therapies.
Conversion therapy is a controversial pseudoscientific procedure which was created to change a person’s sexuality despite it being harmful.The open letter was sent by the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign group and calls for an end to the treatments ‘for all lesbian, gay, bi, trans and gender diverse people in the UK.’‘Any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a heteronormative lifestyle, or their gender identity should be.