Sir Elton John is one of England's most prized singers, songwriters, pianists, and composers. Known globally for his eccentric style, charismatic demeanor, and unforgettbale music, John has sold over 300 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. With more than fifty Top 40 hits in the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100, John holds several notable records like his track, "Candle in the Wind 1997", dedicated to Princess Diana of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. In 1969, John debuted his first album and by 1970, a hit single from his second album became his first top ten in both the UK and the US. He gained most notoriety during 1970–1976, producing two of the best-selling albums worldwide. Elton John has also had great success in musical films and theatre, composing for The Lion King and its stage adaptation, Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. Among many notable accolades, John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era and in 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists. One of his most notable successes was being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to music and charitable services" in 1998. John has also created philantrhopic impact with his establishment of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over £300 million.