Elton John Biography
Elton John Biography....
"An overview of my career is usually ... glasses ... homosexuality ... Watford Football Club ... tantrums ... flowers. But the music was pretty phenomenal, y'know." [Elton John]
Elton John was one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, with top hits like Your Song, Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues, and I'm Still Standing.
His career has spanned over 40 years, with an estimated 220 million in album in sales, with his Candle In The Wind selling over 37 million copies alone, making it the best selling single of all time.
He is still enormously popular (he is currently touring with Billy Joel) and continues to be heavily involved in live performances, theatre, concerts and world tours.
Elton John Biography - The Early Years
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Middlesex, England.
John began playing the piano when he was four, and received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music when he was eleven.
Just before he graduated, he left the Academy, deciding he wanted to break into the music business.
In 1961 he formed his first band, the Corvettes (later evolving into Bluesology) when he was 14. By the late 1960s Bluesology was backing American soul and B&B artists like the Bluebelles. It was around this time that he changed his name to Elton John, after the saxophonist Elton Dean and Long John Baldry, a blues musician.
The turning point in John's career came when he auditioned (unsuccessfully) as a songwriter for Liberty Records and came across Bernie Taupin's lyrics. Elton began writing music for the lyrics and started corresponding with Taupin by mail. They met in person six months later. What started was a musical relationship that would last to this day.
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