Elton John, one of the most successful purveyors of hit songs and records in the history of the music industry, has numerous distinctions. Without question he fits the classification of "singer/songwriter" like few others. He is the composer of virtually all his hit recorded songs. He and lyric writer, Bernie Taupin, comprise one of the longest-running and most successful songwriting teams of all time.
John is also one of the earliest hit-recording artists of the rock and roll era to make his piano the lead instrument in his records, at a time that was dominated by the guitar. Elton John also performed his own brand of music magic in two of the legendary venues of the late '60s and early 70s, The Fillmore East in New York and The Troubadour in West Hollywood, an address where many notables of the music field have since worked.
In fact, it was at The Troubadour, where Bob Hilburn, the pop and rock critic for the Los Angeles Times, first spotted Elton John and gave a rave review for the performance. Since that important break for Elton John, he has sold more than 100,000,000 records. He has also been awarded 23 gold albums and 13 gold single records.
Born Reg Dwight in the London suburb of Pinner in 1947, he made his first approach to a music career by answering a classified ad in a London music paper, wherein a songwriter was being sought. Also responding to the ad was the poet and lyric writer, Bernie Taupin. The coincidence resulted in the two meeting each other and eventually forming a writing partnership, which continues to…