Sir Elton John is one of the best-selling artists in the world, with over 300 million records sold and more than fifty Top 40 hits including Your Song, Tiny Dancer, and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to name a few. Elton John is a natural pianist who started playing at age three.
Raised in a conservative house in Pinner, Middlesex, England, his parents were music enthusiasts, exposing John to Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets at an early age. At age 15, John became a weekend pianist at a local pub under the name of Reggie before forming a band with his friends called Bluesology, who began touring with American soul and R&B musicians and support to Long John Baldry.
After responding to a magazine ad placed by Liberty Records, Elton John was born, establishing the collaboration between Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Elton John was a stage name chosen in honour of members Elton Dean and Long John Baldry of Blueology. He changed his name legally in 1972. The critically acclaimed Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the album that defined John’s status as a glam rock star, remaining at number one for two months with hits like Candle in the Wind and Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting. In addition to his career-long collaboration with Taupin, John has collaborated with Tim Rice on musical productions such as The Lion King and performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. Elton John has played for over 50 years and will remain an icon in the music industry.