Elton John

Local Mayor and staff at Namaste Lounge, where Elton John first performed, with their Heritage Award

Date: 2 June 2010
Recipient: Elton John
Location: Namaste Lounge
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On 2 June 2010, one of the nation’s most-loved musicians and successful artists of all time - Sir Elton John - was honoured with the PRS for Music Heritage Award. A special plaque was erected in Northwood Hills where Sir Elton, then known as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, first performed at the Namaste Lounge, formerly The Northwood Hills Hotel, in 1962 – aged just 15.

At the age of 15, with the help of his mother and stepfather, Sir Elton John became a weekend pianist at The Northwood Hills, playing Thursday to Sunday nights for £25 a week and tips.

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I am delighted and honoured to receive this recognition from PRS for Music. We often forget what a significant and important part British musicians, writers and composers and performers have played in the history and development of music. Thank you.

Sir Elton John
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