Elton John age: How old is Sir Elton John?

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Sir Elton John first launched himself as a performer as part of support act Bluesology. Here he was using his own name, Reg Dwight, but by 1968 he had changed his name to Elton John and started to make music history. Since then he has released hit after hit, making him the third most successful artist of all time according to Billboard.

How old is Sir Elton John?

Sir Elton was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, meaning he turns 74-years-old in 2021.

Despite having been born as Reg Dwight, he legally changed his name to Elton Hercules John in 1972.

Sir Elton recalled ‘unhappy memories’ with his original name, saying he grew to ‘dislike’ his old name.

In a 1987 interview, Sir Elton said: “When I became Elton John, it was like a new lease on life.

“I didn’t particularly like being Reg Dwight. It had too many unhappy memories.

“I hated the word ‘Reg’, anyway. It was just a horrible name.

“As soon as I was Elton, it was just great. It was like a new personality.”

Elton changed his name in 1968 after performing in Bluesology, the support act for performer Long John Baldry, taking his name from Baldry and the band’s saxophone player, Elton Dean.

Bluesology was formed in 1962, and in 1967, Elton answered an advert for songwriters for Liberty Records.

It was here he began writing music for lyrics written by his long-term collaborator, Bernie Taupin, who also answered the ad.

They signed on as staff writers for DJM Records in 1968, the same year Elton recorded and released his first single, I’ve Been Loving You.

Since then, Sir Elton has released 137 official singles, as well as 21 singles as a featured artist and 57 other non-single guest appearances on songs.

Sir Elton is a prolific songwriter alongside Bernie and has recorded more than 460 songs throughout his career, including some written by other songwriters.

He has released 30 studio albums in his long career, as well as five live albums, seven soundtrack albums, 18 compilation albums and three extended plays.

Of these, his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the best-selling, having gone eight times platinum in the USA.

Four of these albums have hit the top of the UK chart: Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Caribou and Sleeping with the Past.

As for his USA chart success, Sir Elton had six consecutive chart-toppers, beginning with Honky Château in 1972 and ending with Rock of the Westies in 1975.

His soundtrack for The Lion King also went to Number One in the USA as well as other big countries.

Sir Elton received his knighthood in 1998 for his charitable work, which includes starting the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.

Until recently, Sir Elton had chosen not to look back at his stellar career, with the biopic Rocketman and his autobiography the big exceptions.

He told The Guardian in 2019: “I’ve never been very interested in looking back at my career.

“It happened, I’m incredibly grateful, but I’m more interested in what I’m doing next rather than what I did 40 years ago.

“But that began to change a little the older I got, and I really started to approach things in a different way when I had children.

“I was 63 when our first son, Zachary, was born, 65 when Elijah came along – and I did start thinking about them in 40 years’ time, being able to see or read my version of my life.

“I became less conscious about keeping it all to myself.

“I liked the idea of them having a film and an autobiography, where I was honest.”

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