Elton John wasn't always Elton John.
And we don't mean that in the "it takes time for an artist to become a superstar" sort of way. No, he literally wasn't always called Elton John.
Back before he was a global icon who'd entertained the world with hits like "Your Song" and "Candle In the Wind" and lived a life outsized enough to inspire a musical fantasia of a biopic like Rocketman, before he'd won any of the Grammys or Oscars or Tonys he's racked up during the course of his illustrious career, back before he'd ever even sat down and tinkled any ivories, he was merely Reginald Kenneth Dwight, a little boy growing up in his maternal grandmother's council home in post-WWII London.
Born to a mother and father who never seemed to have quite enough love for one another—and conflicting ways on how to show love to their young son—little Reg's experiences as a youth weren't particularly colored with warmth. As the adult Elton has sworn up and down for years, his father, Stanley Dwight, an officer in the Royal Air Force Naval Reserve, was never there. And when he was home during breaks from service overseas, things weren't that much different.