Reginald Kenneth Dwight was born on this day in 1947. He went from being a weekend piano player in a local pub at the age of 15 to being in a band that got backup gigs for UK appearances by the Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle and Long John Baldry just a few years later. The future Elton John got acquainted with Bernie Taupin after the two responded to the same classified ad in the New Musical Express seeking songwriters for Liberty Records artists. Taupin handed off lyrics fro Elton to compose the music. The two eventually began collaborating on songs Elton would end up recording.
Elton's 1970 self-titled debut album, Tumbleweed Connection (1970), Madman Across The Water (1971), Honky Chateau (1972), Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player (1973) and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) contained songs that earned John and Taupin standing as one of the great songwriting teams of all time.
Other Noteworthy Classic Rock Events on March 25 include...
1947 Jack Hall of the Charlie Daniels Band and Wet Willie born.
1947 Brinsley Schwartz born.
1948 Michael Stanley born.
1966 The late, great Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey was born.
1966 The Beatles Yesterday and Today original album cover photo of the band with dismemberd dolls was taken.
1967 The Who opened a 9 day series of concerts doing 3 sets a night at the RKO 58th St. Theater in New York City.
1967 Pink Floyd does three concerts within 24 hours with sets at Windsor, Swindon and Bogner Regis.
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono opened their Bed-In For Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton.
1970 The Faces with Rod Stewart do their first North American concert in Toronto.
1972 Deep Purple released Machinehead.
1986 Guns N' Roses signs contract with Geffen Records.
1990 Motley Crue's Tommy Lee arrested on indecency charge for mooning an audience in Augusta, Georgia.
1995 Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was rescued from a riptide while swimming in New Zealand.
2002 Bono testifies as a character witness on behalf of Peter Buck at the R.E.M. member's trial on air rage charges. He is later cleared.
2005 Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne escape a fire in their Buckinghamshire house.
2007 Elton John 60th birthday concert establishes a new record - his 60th concert at Madison Square Garden.