"It was a suit of armour. I did enjoy becoming ELTON. I was so happy to change my name. You know if you're ever going to make a record, you know REG DWIGHT isn't going to make it. I wanted something very American and something original. Eric Clapton called me Reg for a long time. Eventually I plucked up the courage to ask him to stop." SIR Elton John on shedding his birth name REGINALD KENNETH DWIGHT.