Davey Johnstone was just seven when he first picked up a violin. Then on his 11th birthday, his sister presented him with the instrument he is most associated with, a guitar.
Davey started out as an acoustic/folk session player. Then in 1970, producer Gus Dudgeon asked him to play on Bernie Taupin's self-titled 1970 solo album, which resulted in a meeting with Elton and playing on his 1971 classic Madman Across The Water. The guitarist and pianist hit it off, and he soon became a member of Elton's band.
Davey, who has also worked with Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf and Stevie Nicks (to offer but a few examples), was born on this date in 1951 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
So EJW is extending warm wishes for a very happy birthday.