Davey Johnstone

Born May 6, 1951

Davey Johnstone, is a Scottish rock guitarist and vocalist, best known for his work with Elton John.

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1951 Birth Born on May 6, 1951.


1968 17 Years Old Johnstone's first work was with Noel Murphy in 1968, where he received his first album credit on the album Another Round.
1969 18 Years Old By 1969, Johnstone had secured regular work as a session musician, where he began to branch out and explore differing genres of music, and experiment with a variety of instruments.
1970 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1970, when Lyell Tranter, one of the two guitarists in the acoustic British folk group Magna Carta left the band, Johnstone took his place as a member.


1971 20 Years Old During his stint with Magna Carta, Johnstone played a wide variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, sitar, and dulcimer. It was during his work with Magna Carta that he caught the attention of producer Gus Dudgeon who asked Johnstone to play on Bernie Taupin's eponymous 1971 solo album, which resulted in a meeting with Elton John and Johnstone playing on his 1971 album Madman Across the Water, after which he was invited to join Elton John's band as a full member. … Read More
1972 21 Years Old In 1972 he worked with Joan Armatrading and Pam Nestor on their Gus Dudgeon produced debut album Whatever's for Us, playing acoustic and electric guitar on several tracks, and sitar on the song "Visionary Mountains".
1973 22 Years Old Johnstone released a solo album, Smiling Face, in 1973 through The Rocket Record Company and created a short-lived band called China that released an eponymous album in 1977.


1982 31 Years Old Even while playing alongside other artists such as Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Johnstone was never very far from Elton's projects and, following his reunion with original band mates Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray full-time for 1982's "Jump Up" tour, has since rarely been absent from an Elton John album track or tour.
1990 39 Years Old In 1990, Johnstone collaborated for the first time with lyricist Steve Trudell. … Read More


1991 40 Years Old In 1991, Johnstone produced Addison Steel's Stormy Blue in which he played guitar, mandolin, sitar, banjo and vocals. … Read More
1996 45 Years Old In 1996, Johnstone released an instructional guitar video titled Davey Johnstone: Star Licks Master Sessions for Star Licks Productions, in which he plays a wide variety of John classics, joined by Billy Trudel on vocals and Bob Birch on bass.
1997 46 Years Old In 1997, while on tour with John, Johnstone and then Elton John bandmate and former Hellecasters guitarist John Jorgenson spent much of their off time creating Crop Circles, an album of acoustic instrumentation released in 1998.


2009 58 Years Old On 10 June 2009, Johnstone played a landmark 2,000th show as a member of the Elton John Band at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland.


2012 61 Years Old He is currently serving as John's musical director, in addition to his guitar work, playing along with Nigel Olsson and John Mahon; he also performed with Bob Birch before Birch's death in August 2012.
2014 63 Years Old In 2014, he played on "Belle Fleur" and "If You Were My Love" from Stevie Nicks' album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault. … Read More
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