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In pictures: Sir Elton John at 60

Sir Elton John in 1980

Sir Elton John celebrates his 60th birthday on Sunday. His career has spanned five decades, selling more than 250 million records.

Sir Elton John in 1974

He became well known for his flamboyant costumes and outrageous glasses, such as these ones he wore on Top of the Pops in 1974.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in 1973 was one of his most successful albums, featuring the hits Candle in the Wind and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.

Sir Elton John in 1980

Sir Elton, pictured here in 1980, released his studio album, 21 at 33, in the same year. The title referred to it being his 21st studio album and his age - 33 - when it was recorded.

Elton John and Princess Diana

Sir Elton became a personal friend of Princess Diana. He will headline a celebrity concert to mark the 10th anniversary of her death later this year.

Princess Diana's funeral

In 1997, Sir Elton sang a specially-altered version of his hit Candle in the Wind at the funeral of Princess Diana in London's Westminster Abbey. He was knighted by the Queen in 1998.

Elton John

He began playing piano as a young boy and later honed his craft at the Royal Academy of Music. In the 1960s, he changed his name from Reginald Dwight to Elton John.

Elton John and Eminem

He caused controversy at the Grammys in 2001 when he duetted with rapper Eminem, who had been accused of writing homophobic lyrics.

Absolutely Fabulous

Sir Elton has never been afraid to send himself up - he made a guest appearance in classic sitcom Absolutely Fabulous alongside Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in 2003.

David Furnish and Sir Elton John

Sir Elton (right) and his partner David Furnish wore lavish costumes to a pantomime-themed party to celebrate Matt Lucas' civil partnership to TV producer Kevin McGee in 2006.

David Furnish and Sir Elton John

Sir Elton and David Furnish celebrated their own civil wedding partnership in Windsor in December. 700 guests including George Michael and Victoria Beckham went to the reception.

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