His parents married in ,  when the family moved to a nearby semi-detached house. He showed musical aptitude at school, including the ability to compose melodies, and gained some notoriety by playing like Jerry Lee Lewis at school functions. At the age of 11, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.
According to one of his instructors, John promptly played back, like a "gramophone record", a four-page piece by Handel that he heard for the first time. For the next five years, he attended Saturday classes at the Academy in central London, and has stated that he enjoyed playing Chopin and Bach and singing in the choir during Saturday classes, but that he was not otherwise a diligent classical student.
With Stanley Dwight uninterested in his son and often physically absent, John was raised primarily by his mother and maternal grandmother. When his father was home, the Dwights would have terrible arguments that greatly distressed their son.
His mother then married a local painter, Fred Farebrother, a caring and supportive stepfather whom John affectionately referred to as "Derf", his first name in reverse.
It was there that John wrote the songs that launched his career as a rock star; he lived there until he had four albums simultaneously in the American Top Bluesology At the age of 15, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Reginald Dwight became a weekend pianist at a nearby pub, the Northwood Hills Hotel, playing Thursday to Sunday nights. By day, he ran errands for a music publishing company; he divided his nights between solo gigs at a London hotel bar and working with Bluesology.
In , the band became musician Long John Baldry 's supporting band, and played 16 times at the Marquee Club. Six months later Dwight was going by the name "Elton John" in homage to two members of Bluesology: It came sixth of six songs.
In , John provided piano for Roger Hodgson on his first released single, "Mr. Sales of the live album were heavily hit in the US when an east-coast bootlegger released the performance several weeks before the official album, including all 60 minutes of the aircast, not just the 40 minutes selected by Dick James Music. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is included in the VH1 Classic Albums series, discussing the making, recording, and popularity of the album through concert and home video footage including interviews.
Lennon made the rare stage appearance with John and his band to keep the promise he made that he would appear on stage with him if "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" became a US number one single.
Drawing on power chords , John's version was recorded and used for the movie release in and the single came out in in the US. The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that is otherwise rare in his music.
The album's release signalled the end of the Elton John Band, as an unhappy and overworked John dismissed Olsson and Murray, two people who had contributed much of the band's signature sound and who had helped build his live following since the beginning. James Newton Howard joined to arrange in the studio and to play keyboards. With seating limited to under per show, the chance to purchase tickets was determined by a postcard lottery, with each winner allowed two tickets.
Everyone who attended the performances received a hardbound "yearbook" of the band's history. That year he also played piano on Kevin Ayers ' Sweet Deceiver , and was among the first and few white artists to appear on the black music series Soul Train on American television.
Within only a three-year span, between and John saw seven consecutive albums reach number one in the US, something which had not been accomplished before.
The two comics spent the episode pointing him in the direction of everywhere except the stage to prevent him singing.
Now producing only one album a year, John issued A Single Man in , employing a new lyricist, Gary Osborne ; the album produced no singles that made the top 20 in the US but the two singles from the album released in the UK, " Part-Time Love " and " Song for Guy ", both made the top 20 in the UK with the latter reaching the top 5. A disco -influenced album, Victim of Love , was poorly received. With original band members Johnstone, Murray and Olsson together again, he was able to return to the charts with the hit album Too Low for Zero , which included " I'm Still Standing " No.
In , he played the piano on two tracks on the heavy metal band Saxon's album Rock the Nations. Shortly thereafter he underwent throat surgery; several non-cancerous polyps were removed from his vocal cords, resulting in a change in his singing voice. Issued briefly in only the UK.
And also his bravery in exposing all the triumphs and tragedies of his personal life. The title track, " Made in England ", is an autobiographical telling of his growing up, parts of his life and what it is like in England. The album also featured the single " Believe ".
Later in , two close friends died: Elton John has publicly performed "Candle in the Wind " only once, at Diana's funeral, vowing never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons. The eleventh longest-running musical in West End history , the London production ran through April , after 4, performances. The Musical , based on the Anne Rice vampire novels. It received harsh reviews from critics and closed in May after 39 performances. The show, entitled The Red Piano , was a multimedia concert featuring massive props and video montages created by David LaChapelle.
Effectively, he and Celine Dion shared performances at Caesars Palace throughout the year — while one performs, one rests. The first of these shows took place on 13 February