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Elton Johns name at birth was actually Reginald Kenneth Dwight He was born on the 25th of March 1947 in Middlesex England He started taking piano lessons at the age of four at the Royal Academy of Music which launched his talent This led him to become the most successful rock pianist in the world one of the richest men in Britain and one of worlds greatest rock stars He formed his first band in the early 60s Baldry joined the band in 1966 which included Elton Dean on saxophone and Caleb Quaye on lead guitar As Baldry became the leader John became unnoticed with being a pub pianist and began to explore the possibilities of a music publishing contract A meeting was set up by Ray Williams of Liberty Records at Dick James Music That is where John first met Bernie Taupin They had similar musical tastes and their first composition Scarecrow was completed In 1968 John and Taupin were signed by Dick James to be staff writers for his new company DJM Records The critics liked his own single releasesbut none were selling Only Lady Samantha came near to breaking the chart In June 1969 Empty Sky was released and John was still ignored During the next few months he played on sessions with the Hollies and made budget recordings for cover versions Finally in 1970 Gus Dudgeon produced the outstanding Elton John The latter provided Elton Johns first UK hit reaching number 2As he wore ridiculous outfits and outrageous spectacles At one stage between 1972 and 1975 he had seven consecutive number 1 albums In 1976 he topped the UK charts with a joyous duet with Kiki Dee Dont Go Breaking My Heart and released further two million-selling albums Magazine articles who were peeking into his luxury home revealed an astonishing wardrobe and a record collection so huge that he would never be able to listen to all of it In 1977
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