Biografia Elton John

Biografia Elton John
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segunda-feira, 8 de outubro de 2012




What do Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, Joan Baez, Dusty Springfield, Hall & Oates, LIza Minnelli and many others have in common?  For many years, Caleb Quaye was a much in-demand studio session musician.  But exactly who is Caleb Quaye, the man Eric Clapton once told David Letterman was the world’s greatest guitar player?

Caleb came from a musical family.  His father was Cab Kaye, a well-known jazz musician in London, himself the son of pianist Caleb Jonas Quaye aka Mope Desmond.  Many may know his younger step-brother Finlay Quaye who had a platinum album “Maverick A Strike” in 1997.

In 1965, Caleb worked at Mills Music, a publisher in London’s Tin Pan Alley.  A fellow tea boy working there was named Reg Dwight, a polite, shy and stodgy boy Caleb teasingly called “Billy Bunter.”  Some years earlier, the luckiest man in show business, Dick James who had been chosen by Brian Epstein to publish the Beatles music, and by 1966, Dick was looking to start his own record label.  Dick and his son Stephen brought in Caleb to run the little recording studio they set up in order to create demos of songs they hoped to record and/or publish.  

Meanwhile, Reg had been playing in a band called Bluesology and in 1967 decided that playing in a band was a dead end job -- better he thought to be a songwriter, but he needed a lyricist and soon was connected to a young 17-year-old farmer’s son name Bernard Taupin from Lincolnshire.  They began writing music long distance (e.g., Bernie would mail lyrics, Reg would put them to music), and they had a need to create demo recordings of the new songs.  

Caleb let Reg and some band members record demos in Dick’s studio until his son Stephen discovered that the studio was being surreptitiously... he threatened to see Caleb and others fired over it, but it was Caleb who convinced Dick to take a listen to Reg’s demos.  Dick was impressed and immediately signed Reg and Bernie to a publishing deal.

Eventually Reg and Bernie realized that they were better suited to writing the kind of music they wanted to rather than trying to create cabaret music for Englebert Humperdinck and others.  When few artists were covering their songs, Reg decided that he would have to promote his music himself.  The idea was planted that Reg would become a star and he needed a new name.  Borrowing from his Bluesology sax player Elton Dean and the singer they fronted Long John Baldry, Reg became known as Elton John.  

Soon, singles were released and a debut album in 1969 which sold about 1,600 copies.   Dick doubled down and decided to bring in Gus Dudgeon who had produced David Bowie and arranger Paul Buckmaster to create an orchestral “Elton John” album.  A trip to Los Angeles and dates at The Troubadour sealed the deal -- Elton became an overnight sensation.  Another couple of albums “Tumbleweed Connection” and “Madman Across The Water” along with a film score “Friends” all featured Caleb Quaye on guitar.  From the earliest demos right through to “Tiny Dancer,” Caleb was there.  Remember that great guitar line in the middle of “Take Me To The Pilot” or those great opening licks on the “Tumbleweed Connection” album - that was Caleb.

When Elton left for a tour of America, he didn’t initially take a guitar player, and when it came time to pick a guitarist for his band, Elton chose the talented young folk player Davey Johnstone.  And soon the touring band became the recording band.  So Caleb became a sought-after studio musician and performed with his band Hookfoot through 1974.  Then, of all surprises, Elton called in 1975 wanting to make changes to his touring band and as a result, Caleb suddenly found himself performing “Captain Fantastic” in its entirety at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people.  A few months later he was playing Dodger Stadium.  Talk about a rocket ride.

The following year in 1976 there was another tour and another album to record and then... suddenly at the end of the tour it was over.  Elton wanted to take some time off.  Everyone was thanked for their service but now they were free to pursue other projects.  Fortunately for Caleb, he was snapped up instantly by Hall & Oates and during 1977 and 1978 he and his Hookfoot drummer Roger Pope toured and recorded the 1978 album “Along the Red Ledge.”

And then the two tea boys from Tin Pan Alley went their separate ways.  On October 9, 1979, Caleb’s life changed in a most profound way.  He heard a voice that "was louder than rock n' roll."  For the past 33 years, Caleb has been active in Southern California churches offering up a music ministry that has been helpful to many people.  Additionally, he's been performing in Southern California with his fusion jazz band "The Faculty."

Now, after a long absence from the public eye, his friends are producing a fine documentary about this accomplished and historical musician.  Take a look at this teaser to get an idea of what's in store for the documentary:

If you would like to play a part in the making of this documentary, you are invited to view the following clip as well:

domingo, 7 de outubro de 2012

Elton John´s Diary 1947 to 1965

The Illustrated Cornflakes & Classics A musical history of Elton John
by Paul Maclauchlan

Copyright 1989, 2006 Paul Maclauchlan

Permission granted to copy this information if credit is given


25 March 1947
Sir Elton Hercules John 
(born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947)


Three and a half year old Reggie Dwight surprises his mother by playing The Skater's Waltz and Sheila discovers her son's musical gift. For a short time... Reg can only play in the key of C.

1951 or 1952

Reg begins piano lessons with Mrs. Jones, a local piano instructor.

1956 or 1957

While at the barber's for a routine haircut, Reg Dwight hears Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, and his musical life is changed. Later at home, he hears Bill Haley's ABC Boogie, a gift from his mother. He soon has those records and many more and begins playing tunes by ear. The first two 45 singles he ever buys are Little Richard's She's Got It and The Girl Can't Help It.

Fall 1958

Eleven year old Reg Dwight is interviewed for possible enrolment as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. He passes the audition and is designated a piano student of special interest. Helen Piena becomes his teacher every Saturday morning for four years. The classes include schoolroom instruction in theory and composition, choir practice and a 45 minute individual lesson. It is here that he meets Chris Thomas and Paul Buckmaster.

At Pinner County Grammer school, Reg performed in school concerts.

During his school years he adopted glasses, not for any failing eyesight, but as homage to Buddy Holly. Eventually he needed the corrective perscription.


12 year old Reg performs his first true public appearance at the Ruislip - Norwood Music festival in Middlesex. He plays several classical pieces, including Les Petites Litanie de Dieu by G. Grouvlez

1961 to Early 1962

UK RESIDENCY - Northwood Hills Hotel, Pinner

Reg Dwight sings and plays "... piano every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a whole year. And during that whole period, I don't think that I ever missed a gig. I used to sing Jim Reeves songs, Cliff Richard songs, anything that was popular - and also play things like Roll Out The Barrel, Cockney songs, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling... you had to play When Irish Eyes Are Smiling otherwise you'd get a pint of beer slung over you. Al Jolson songs were also very popular. I used to have a box which used to be passed around at the end of the evening. When I first started my residency, nobody used to go to the public bar but eventually people started to come in and, after a while, it was packed out every weekend. With the money people used to put in my box I was earning about 25 quid a week, which was great."


Reg buys an electric piano and plays in a band called The Corvettes (a popular sports car and a brand of shaving cream) with Stuart Brown: guitar & Geoff Dyson: bass. They play children's parties and neighbourhood affairs. The band breaks up when the novelty wears off.

Late 1962

Bluesology (named after a Django Reinhardt, French jazz guitarist, tune) is formed. Mick Inkpen on drums; Rex Bishop on bass; Stuart Brown on guitar and Reg Dwight on electric piano. Their repertoire is predominantly soul music.
"We played Jimmy Witherspoon numbers like The Times Are Getting Tougher Than Tough and When The Lights Go Out," Reg later recalled. "Our lead singer Stuart Brown was Jimmy Witherspoon crazy, so that's what we used to play. ...all I really wanted to do was play like Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard."

Mar 5 1965

The last day Reg Dwight attends Pinner County Grammer school, which he leaves to work at Mills Music (a music publisher) on Denmark Street, in London, as a messenger. He started at 5 pounds a week. His history master, Bill Johnson, tells him: "When you're forty you'll either be some sort of glorified office-boy or you'll be a millionaire."

Denmark Street

Jun 3 1965

ENGLAND STUDIO - Phillips Studios

Come Back Baby
Times Getting Tougher Than Tough
Bluesology records two songs. Come Back Baby is written by Reg Dwight and is based on a Ray Charles song with the same title. The session engineer is Jack Baverstock, head of A&R at Fontana Records.
Jul 22 1965

ENGLAND AUDITION - Kilburn State Cinema

Bluesology turns professional and is signed by the Roy Tempest Agency after an audition. The agency runs tours by American R&B artists. Bluesology tours Europe and the UK for 18 months as a backing band.

Jul 1965

UK 45 - Bluesology

Come Back Baby
Times Getting Tougher Than Tough
Some sources call the B-side: Time's Getting Tougher. Come Back Baby is included in the To Be Continued... box set.

Nov 1965


Mr. Frantic
Bluesology records a second Reg Dwight compostion. Released as a single in February 1966.

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1947 to 1965

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