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Book: Elton John

Chapter: From Reg to Elton

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.23943


This chapter provides an introductory overview of Elton John’s achievement through an assessment of his evolution from journeyman pianist and songwriter Reginald Dwight (his given name) to Elton John, the flamboyant showman and prolific composer of over 300 songs, mostly with lyricist Bernie Taupin. In particular, the chapter examines the matrix of social, familial and cultural factors from which Elton John’s mature style was forged.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dave Laing ( - d.laing) 'University of Liverpool and University of East Anglia'