Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer, songwriter and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967. John has sold more than 300 million records, he has more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, including seven numbers 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 produced records and 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. Raised in the Pinner area of London, John learned to play piano at an early age, by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967, he met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold.

In 1969, John's debut album, Empty Sky, was released. In 1970, his first hit single, "Your Song", from his second album, Elton John, reached the top ten in the UK and the US. John has had success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation and Billy Elliot the Musical. John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award, the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists, third overall, behind the Beatles and Madonna, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. He was knighted by Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.

John has been involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a year he began hosting his annual Academy Awards Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over £300 million. John, who announced he was bisexual in 1976 and has been gay since 1988, entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005. Presenting John with France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'honneur, in 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron called him a "melodic genius" and praised his work on behalf of the LGBT community. In 2018, John embarked on a three-year farewell tour. Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 in Pinner, the eldest child of Stanley Dwight and only child of Sheila Eileen, was raised in a council house in Pinner by his maternal grandparents, his parents married in 1945. He was educated at Pinner Wood Junior School, Reddiford School and Pinner County Grammar School, until he was 17, when he left just prior to his A-Level examinations to pursue a career in music.

When John began to consider a career in music his father, who served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, tried to steer him toward a more conventional career, such as banking. John has said that his wild stage costumes and performances were his way of letting go after such a restrictive childhood. Both his parents were musically inclined, his father having been a trumpet player with the Bob Millar Band, a semi-professional big band that played at military dances; the Dwights were keen record buyers, exposing John to the popular singers and musicians of the day, he has said he remembers being hooked on rock and roll when his mother brought home records by Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets in 1956. John started playing his grandmother's piano as a young boy, within a year his mother heard him picking out Winifred Atwell's "The Skater's Waltz" by ear. After performing at parties and family gatherings, at age 7 he began formal piano lessons, he showed musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions.

At age 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. According to one of his instructors, John promptly played back, like a "gramophone record", a four-page piece by George Frideric Handel after hearing it for the first time. For the next five years, John attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, he has said he enjoyed playing Frédéric Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, but that he was not otherwise a diligent classical student. "I kind of resented going to the Academy,” he said. "I was one of those children who could just about get away without practising and still pass, scrape through the grades." He has said that he would sometimes ride around on the London Underground. Several instructors have attested that he was a "model student," and during the last few

Greatest Hits (2005 Blondie album)

Greatest Hits is a CD/DVD compilation album by the band Blondie released in the UK on November 8, 2005 and internationally on March 6, 2006. It charted for 7 weeks; this was the first Blondie hits package to combine the DVD formats. The CD contains the band's greatest hits including their comeback hit "Maria", a UK #1 in 1999, as well as tracks from their latest studio album The Curse of Blondie, a new remix of "In The Flesh" and a mashup of "Rapture" and The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" entitled "Rapture Riders", a top ten hit on the U. S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2005; the DVD includes videos of seventeen of the band's greatest hits. The compilation was released under Greatest Hits title with a sticker Sight + Sound on the cover, it was internationally released as Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision in early 2006. The new version omits "X Offender" and " Presence, Dear" on both the CD and DVD, but adds the music video for "Rapture Riders" on the DVD; the digital version of the album further omits "Maria" and "Rapture Riders".

Mike Chapman - producer tracks 1-3, 5, 6 & 13-19 Giorgio Moroder - producer track 4 Craig Leon - producer track 7, co-producer track 21 Super Buddha - remix producer track 8 Richard Gottehrer - original producer track 8, producer tracks 9-12 Paolo Cilione - producer track 20 Claudio Camaione - producer track 20 Steve Thompson - co-producer track 21 Mark Vidler - producer track 22 for Go Home productions

Fire Station No. 1 (Roanoke, Virginia)

Fire Station No. 1 is a former fire station listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the Downtown neighborhood of the independent city of Roanoke, Virginia, U. S. A. Modeled after Philadelphia's Independence Hall, Fire Station No. 1 served as one of the longest continuously operating fire stations in the Commonwealth of Virginia from its completion in 1907 through the opening of a replacement facility in 2007. Designed by the Lynchburg firm of Huggins and Bates, No. 1 still stands as a monument to the civic pride of early Roanoke. It is located in the Roanoke City Market Historic District. With a purely volunteer force in place within the city beginning in 1882, the first paid firefighters were hired in 1906, ground was broken for No. 1 on February 19, 1906. Completed by 1907, the station exhibits the Georgian Revival style of an Edwardian-era firehouse, it features a limestone ashlar foundation and a solid brick facade with terracotta accents, topped with a bell tower that provided views of the entire city upon its completion.

By 1911 the city purchased their first engine powered fire truck stationed at No. 1. By 1918, horse-drawn fire wagons were phased out in favor of the engine-powered ones. Cast in 1886, the bell placed atop the structure in the bell tower was removed in 2001, restored and is now on display on the first floor of the station. By 2003, the aging facility received a facelift to repair and restore the original limestone mortar on the facade. Additionally, the former bell tower was restored and the station was operational again by December. Although officials stated that No. 1 would retain its status as a staffed fire station with the completion of a replacement facility, the station stopped running fire and EMS calls on May 9, 2007. Today the facility serves as a fire museum open to the general public and as a stable for the Roanoke Police Department's Mounted Patrol. Historic Fire-EMS Station #1