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Famous Pianists

Here are some more famous pianists who carved their own niche in popular music and turned the piano from solely a 'classical' or 'jazz' instrument to more mainstream.

They were a big part of my childhood and have influenced and inspired me to play over the years.

Elton John - nicknamed the father of piano rock, is one of the most successful recording artists of all time. He started playing piano at a very young age and went to the Royal Academy of Music in London on scholarship at age 11.

His career has spanned three decades, writing several hundred songs. His most famous piano pieces include Candle In The Wind, Rocket Man and of course Your Song, with beautiful piano chord progressions.

I never actually owned Ray Charles album but his music is definitely a part of my childhood and influenced my own musical style. Ray Charles brought a unique blend of jazz, rhythm, blues, gospel, rock and country which made him accessible to such a wide audience.

He made songs like Georgia On My Mind and Hit The Road Jack famous, and is seen as one of the true pioneers of soul music.

And how can we not forget Billy Joel, the ultimate Piano Man.

There are many famous piano pieces written by Billy Joel - I Love You Just The Way You Are, She's Got A Way, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, She's Always A Woman To Me are just a few beautiful songs that he wrote.

I loved the way he brought in jazz to his song, New York State Of Mind - check out his piano playing here!

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