Sir Elton John (1947 – ) was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight to a middle-class British family. In his career that has spanned almost 5 decades, he has risen to be a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter and music producer with six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.
John began tinkering on the piano at a young age but only began taking formal lessons later. He had a high aptitude for all genres of music and could replay pieces that he had only heard once before. Although he was good at classical music, he was not keen on pursuing it. Instead, right before giving his A level examination, he quit school to start a career in music. He changed his name from Reginald Dwight to Elton John in honour of blues artists Elton Dean and long John Baldry soon after he teamed up with Bernie Taupin, with whom he produces music till this day.
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