Nigel Olsson was born in 1949 in Wallasey, England. As true fans of Elton's music will know, Nigel was the drummer and third member of the original Elton John band that formed in 1970, playing alongside Elton and the late Dee Murray. During the 1970s and 1980s Nigel Olsson was a mainstay of Elton's touring and recording band, playing on all his classic recordings.
Fellow drummers and fans alike laud Nigel Olsson for his tasteful, restrained style of drumming, which he says arose from wanting to make sure Bernie Taupin's lyrics remained at the forefront. Also much admired by fans was Nigel's glossy, waist-length black hair - indeed in recent years Nigel Olsson has been heard to wish he had known more about sponsorship in those early days, as he could probably have made a fortune endorsing hair conditioner!
As a solo artist, Nigel Olsson has seen four of his singles hit the pop music charts, and he has also made a name for himself in the world of vintage auto racing. In 2000 Elton invited Nigel to rejoin the band for the One Night Only concerts, and to universal delight he has remained in the band since then. Nigel Olssonl is a huge favourite with the fans and is always guaranteed one of the biggest cheers when Elton introduces the band onstage during the live concerts.