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ELTON JOHN
By Nate Bloss

Reginald Kenneth Dwight is a well known songwriter and musician, but his
talents extend much farther than this. He is better known as Elton John, and would grow
up to be one of the greatest piano players, songwriters, performers, and musician of our
time. This talent would make him the most popular recording artist of the seventies.
Elton John was born on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. His talent
was discovered at age four when he started piano lessons. At age eleven he won a
scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Here is talents progressed and after six
years he decided to join his first band. They were called the Bluesology. Soon after, in
1965 he turned professional. After turning professional his band consisted of Long John
Baldry, Elton Dean, and Caleb Quaye. John decided he wanted more than this, and so he
pursued a music publishing contract. One of the first things he did was to change his
name to a more professional name, and so he borrowed Elton John from Long John
Baldry and Elton Dean. John first met Bernie Taupin following a meeting at a record
company. After noticing there similar music tastes, they began to work on a song
together called scarecrow. In 1968 John and Taupin were signed by Dick James,
formerly of Northern Songs, to be staff writers for his new company DJM Records. This
contract didnt start out well. In fact the two were almost ignored all the way through the
end of 1969. But in 1970, with the album Elton John and the single "Your Song," Elton
John took off, scoring especially well in America. Not only did he score well in the US,
but his concerts were legendary here. Most of them were marked by outrageous
costumes, and peculiar glasses. Tours into his luxurious home revealed much of the same
fashion. He was quickly becoming one of the richest men in England. Over the next five

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years he became one of the most popular artists in the world. Among his best tunes were
his ballads. In 1972 Rocket Man made sixteen straight top twenty hits, fifteen which
were in the top ten. In 1977 Elton John announced his retirement from music. However
this wasnt entirely true, as he continued to write and perform. Yet this did mark the end
of the John and Taupin duo, as Taupin moved to Los Angeles in 1969.
By the time the eighties rolled around he was turning out one top album a year.
However the early eighties marked a time of insecurity. He was becoming one of the
worlds biggest stars, partially because of his character. He openly admitted his
bisexuality as well as his insecurities about his weight and baldness. Towards the end of
1986 John collapsed onstage in Australia and entered an Australian hospital for throat.
Speculations of throat cancer along with his separation from his wife Reg, made 1986 a
rough year. At the end of 1986, almost as if closing a chapter to his life, he auctioned off
2000 pairs of memorabilia, including many pairs of sunglasses. In the late eighties he
seemed to slow down, but in the early nineties he kept the fire burning. He stopped
writing music for contracts and began writing music for films. In 1991 he was named as
one of the top 200 wealthiest people in Great Britain. In 1994 his song Can You Feel the
Love Tonight for the Lion King film was among his biggest hits in years. Finally in
1997, following the death of Princess Diana he was asked to sing at her funeral. This
emotional moment was seen by an estimated two billion people.
All beginning with his scholarship to Royal Academy Of Music at age eleven,
Elton John has become the most successful rock pianist in the world, one of the richest
men in Britain and one of the world's greatest rock stars. Elton John remains an

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outstanding songwriter and an underrated pianist, and together with the Beatles and
Rolling Stones is Britain's most successful artist.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY
http://www.internetphoto.org/celebrity/bio/john_elton.html
http://ourworld.cs.com/captfantastic24/id4.htm?f=fs
http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/john_elton/bio.jhtml
http://www.askmen.com/men/entertainment_60/94_elton_john.html
http://www.got.net/~jdobres/elton/bio.html

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