Reginald Kenneth Dwight
March 25, 1947
Pinner, Middlesex, England
Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; March 25, 1947) is an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English pop singer and the co-songwriter for The Lion King alongside Tim Rice.
John came onto the early production of the film when Aladdin co-lyricist Tim Rice requested his involvement when the Walt Disney Feature Animation studio chiefs asked who he would like to work with for the film. Rice replied, "Elton John would be fantastic, but you probably won't get a hold of him simply because he's very busy and he hasn't done a film score like [Lion King] in 25 years. They asked him and to my amazement, Elton said yes."
During production, John insisted on the film having "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in which the filmmakers didn't plan on using. Out of the 5 songs Rice and John collaborated on, three songs from The Lion King were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song; ultimately, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" won the Oscar. John and Rice later went on to compose "The Morning Report", "Chow Down", and "The Madness of King Scar" for The Lion King stage musical.