Elton John is a cultural icon and a legend in the music industry, remaining relevant throughout his entire five-decade career. While you can probably sing along to his seemingly endless chain of hits, what do you really know about the man behind the piano? We’ve got you covered with these Elton John facts that will get you ready for his upcoming biopic, Rocketman.
Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947, in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He legally changed his name to Elton John in 1972, at the age of 22. John is the eldest child of his father, Stanley Dwight, and the only child of his mother, Sheila Eileen. John’s nicknames were Reg or Reggie, but after he changed his name, Elton John had no wish to be associated with his previous name. According to John’s biography by David Buckley, he once said: “Reg is the unhappy part of my life. If my mother can call me Elton, then everybody else can.”