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Elton John - Audio Biography

  • Elton John - Audio Biography

    18 JAN 2024 ยท Here is an in-depth biography I wrote about the legendary musician Sir Elton John: Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. From an early age he displayed a prodigious talent and passion for music. He began picking out melodies on the piano at age 3 and by 7 years old, he had won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Though Elton studied classical piano as a child, his true love was rock music. As a teenager, Reginald started playing piano in local pubs under the stage name "Reggie." He formed his first band, Bluesology, in the mid-1960s which played a mixture of R&B, pop, and blues covers. It was during this period that Reginald began experimenting with the stage name "Elton John" - taking inspiration from his Bluesology bandmates Elton Dean and John Baldry. Elton's talent was undeniable and he soon found himself playing sessions and touring with other rock acts of the 1960s. His skill at emulating various piano styles would serve him well early on. But Elton wanted to branch out on his own. He connected musically with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967 after both answered the same newspaper ad seeking songwriters. This fateful meeting began a decades-long, prolific songwriting partnership that produced some of the 1970s biggest hits. Elton John's debut album "Empty Sky" was released in 1969 but failed to garner much attention. His 1970 self-titled album marked his breakthrough - showcasing a signature blend of pop, rock, and gospel-influenced piano playing paired with Taupin's poetic lyrics. Over the next few years, Elton emerged as one of pop music's most dynamic entertainers thanks to flamboyant costumes and electric live performances. His string of early 70s smash albums like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Captain Fantastic" established his worldwide fame. Over his 50+ year career, Elton John has shown versatility as an artist - from sensitive ballads like "Your Song" to arena rock anthems like "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting." He has undergone crises like drug and alcohol addiction as well as coming out publicly about his sexuality in 1976. However, Elton persevered to become one of history's top-selling musicians with over 300 million records sold globally. His success has enabled extensive philanthropy - establishing the Elton John AIDS Foundation among other charities. In the twilight of his career, Elton John continues touring and recording new material up through the late 2010s. He has cemented an unparalleled legacy - earning a knighthood in 1998, composing hit Broadway musicals like "The Lion King," and having six consecutive #1 albums over six decades. Though now in his 70s, Elton's legendary talents and flamboyant persona endure making him a true musical icon for the ages. Thanks for listening to Quiet Please. Remember to like and share wherever you get your podcasts.
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Here is an in-depth biography I wrote about the legendary musician Sir Elton John: Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. From...

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Here is an in-depth biography I wrote about the legendary musician Sir Elton John:
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. From an early age he displayed a prodigious talent and passion for music. He began picking out melodies on the piano at age 3 and by 7 years old, he had won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Though Elton studied classical piano as a child, his true love was rock music.
As a teenager, Reginald started playing piano in local pubs under the stage name "Reggie." He formed his first band, Bluesology, in the mid-1960s which played a mixture of R&B, pop, and blues covers. It was during this period that Reginald began experimenting with the stage name "Elton John" - taking inspiration from his Bluesology bandmates Elton Dean and John Baldry.
Elton's talent was undeniable and he soon found himself playing sessions and touring with other rock acts of the 1960s. His skill at emulating various piano styles would serve him well early on. But Elton wanted to branch out on his own. He connected musically with lyricist Bernie Taupin in 1967 after both answered the same newspaper ad seeking songwriters. This fateful meeting began a decades-long, prolific songwriting partnership that produced some of the 1970s biggest hits.
Elton John's debut album "Empty Sky" was released in 1969 but failed to garner much attention. His 1970 self-titled album marked his breakthrough - showcasing a signature blend of pop, rock, and gospel-influenced piano playing paired with Taupin's poetic lyrics. Over the next few years, Elton emerged as one of pop music's most dynamic entertainers thanks to flamboyant costumes and electric live performances. His string of early 70s smash albums like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Captain Fantastic" established his worldwide fame.
Over his 50+ year career, Elton John has shown versatility as an artist - from sensitive ballads like "Your Song" to arena rock anthems like "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting." He has undergone crises like drug and alcohol addiction as well as coming out publicly about his sexuality in 1976. However, Elton persevered to become one of history's top-selling musicians with over 300 million records sold globally. His success has enabled extensive philanthropy - establishing the Elton John AIDS Foundation among other charities.
In the twilight of his career, Elton John continues touring and recording new material up through the late 2010s. He has cemented an unparalleled legacy - earning a knighthood in 1998, composing hit Broadway musicals like "The Lion King," and having six consecutive #1 albums over six decades. Though now in his 70s, Elton's legendary talents and flamboyant persona endure making him a true musical icon for the ages. Thanks for listening to Quiet Please. Remember to like and share wherever you get your podcasts.
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