Elton John - Sondz

Overview

Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Commonly nicknamed the "Rocket Man" after his 1972 hit single of the same name, John has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 31 albums since 1969. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967, John is acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his work during the 1970s, and his lasting impact on the music industry. John's music and showmanship have had a significant impact on popular music. His songwriting partnership with Taupin is one of the most successful in history.

Raised in Pinner, John learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, a blues band he was a member of until 1967. He met his longtime musical partner Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters. For two years, they wrote songs for oth...

Facts

Born25 Mar. 1947 (Age: 75), in Pinner
AreaUnited Kingdom
Years active53
StatusActive
GenderMale
Married to

Renate Blauel (1984-1988)

Role(s)ProducerElectric PianoVocalComposerCompiler
Label(s)Mercury RecordsThe Rocket Record CompanyMCA RecordsDJM RecordsEMIPhonogramPolydorWalt Disney RecordsGeffen RecordsIsland
Label managementWilliam A. Bong Ltd. (label founder)The Rocket Record Company (label founder)William A. Bong Ltd. (personal publisher)

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Collaborators

NameRole(s)
Davey Johnstone
Davey JohnstoneGuitarBackground vocalsElectric guitarAcoustic guitarMandolinBanjoSlide guitarSitarHammered dulcimerGuitar synthesizer
Gus Dudgeon
Gus DudgeonMixProducerEngineerInstrument arranger (horn)Instrument arranger (brass)Background vocalsWhistleTambourineArrangerElectronic drum set
Dee Murray
Dee MurrayElectric bass guitarBass guitarBackground vocalsBassGuitar
Nigel Olsson
Nigel OlssonMaracasDrums (drum set)Background vocalsMembranophoneTambourineCongas
James Newton Howard
James Newton HowardArrangerConductorRhodes pianoOrchestratorKeyboardElectric pianoInstrument arranger (brass)Instrument arranger (strings)SynthesizerMellotron
Chris Thomas
Chris ThomasProducerMix
Ray Cooper
Ray CooperCongasBongosTambourineVibraphoneShakersPerformerPercussionTriangleBell treeMarimba
Ken Scott
Ken ScottSynthesizerEngineer
Paul Buckmaster
Paul BuckmasterConductorArrangerOrchestratorCelloInstrument arranger (strings)
David Hentschel
David HentschelEngineerSynthesizerMellotron