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5 things you didn't know about Elton John

Happy birthday Sir Elton John! He turns 66 today--and has been a household name since the early 1970s. But there are some things about Elton that I'm not sure everybody knows.

1. A lot of people know that Elton's birth name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight. But not too many know that his full name these days is Elton Hercules John.

2. Although he was HUGE in the 1970s, he didn't get a Granmy until 1987, for being part of a super-group of sorts with Dionne Warwick on the song "That's What Friends Are For."

3. Elton auditioned for the lead vocalist spot in the band KIng Crimson, but he wasn't their cup of tea.

4. As a session musician, he played piano on the Hollies 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."  He was paid £12.

5. Elton was immortalized on a pinball machine, in honor of the Who song he covered, "Pintball Wizard." There's one you can buy on eBay right now for $2000.
 


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