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Elton John : Biography

In 1966, Bluesology became the supporting band for artist Long John Baldry and started touring the cabarets (a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ) throughout England.Soon after that, Dwight left and began his struggle for his solo career. He auditioned for 'lead vocalist' for 'King Crimson' (a musical group founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1969.) and 'Gentle Giant' (a British band considered to be one of the most original progressive rock bands of the 1970s.) but was not picked. Dwight answered an ad placed in the NME (New Musical Express magazine) by Ray Williams ( then the young A&R manager for Liberty Records). Although he failed his Liberty audition, Ray gave him some lyrics written by Bernie Taupin who had also answered the same ad. Dwight wrote some music for Bernie's lyrics and then mailed it to him. This would be begin the long partnership that still continues. Six months later, Dwight and Bernie finally met face to face. During this time, Dwight would officially change his name, by deed poll to the one known today.The name chosen was a concatenation of his first name, Elton in honour of his saxophonist 'Elton' Dean (from Bluesology) and his last name, in honour of Long 'John' Baldry, thus making his legal name now, Elton John. By 1967, Elton and Bernie would produced and record their first collaboration together, called 'Scarecrow'..




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