Elton John was born Reginald Dwight in 1947, grew up in the Pinner area of London. Started learning to play the piano at a very young age and by the age of 13, he formed a group called Bluesology.
Exposed to the world of songwriting from young, he met up with Bernie Taupin when they both turned up for an interview for song writers. They eventually teamed up and started writing songs for other artists such as Lulu and Roger Cook.
In 1968, Elton John released his debut album, Empty Sky, followed by a second one under his own name two years later. The single from the second album “Your Song”, made it to the top ten in the UK and the US, making it the first hit single for Elton John.
Elton John proved that the first success was no flash in the pan and many other similar successes followed.
He has received six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards – winning two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Music and the first Brits Icon in 2013 for his “lasting impact on British culture”, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legend award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era. In 2013, Billboard ranked him the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” (third overall behind the Beatles and Madonna). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, is an inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services” in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.