The secret behind the song association of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, New York, 1970. Taupin, who has been married four times, says that he and the notoriously stormy Elton have never had a major fight.

With a musical partnership spanning 50 years, producing more than 30 gold and platinum albums and a mountain of hits, composer Bernie Taupin admits that his relationship with Elton John is more similar to a marriage. Although he adds, "We've probably had less arguments than most."

It may seem incredible, but Taupin, who has been married four times, says that he and the notoriously stormy Elton have never had a major fight. In the worst, he has turned his back on the superstar. "But that was because of his clothing options," he says, grimacing. "They were horrible, some of them."

Instead, they have quietly supplemented for more than half a century, since they were presented in London in 1967. Taupin was 17 years old and Elton (then Reg Dwight) 20. Elton admitted that he could write melodies but not lyrics, whereas Taupin could only write words It was, both commented later, that they met.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, New York, 1970. Taupin, who has been married four times, says that he and the notoriously stormy Elton have never had a major fight.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, New York, 1970. Taupin, who has been married four times, says that he and the notoriously stormy Elton have never had a major fight.

Taupin, however, says he was amazed at young Elton. "I was the quintessential field boy and he was sophisticated, he lived in London and played in clubs, so he took care of me, he was like an older brother."

Elton is an extroverted and realistic extrovert (his tribute version of Candle In The Wind to Elton's friend, the late Princess Diana, is the best-selling single pop of all time), while Taupin, the man behind the voice, He is a big fan of America (he has lived there for more than four decades) and "he is not really a real person".

However, Taupin, estimated at around £ 54 million, has managed to fit in. "I've had tea with the Queen Mother and I've been to Kensington Palace and I've divided my pants [trousers] in front of Princess Margaret. She told her companion: "Take Mr. Taupin to my office and sew his pants." I was surprised at how much [Princess Margaret] chain smoker I remember he turned to one of the footmen and said, "Where are my damn Winstons?" & # 39;

We are in Santa Barbara, California, close to his ranch, and while he may be responsible for some of the most varied and exciting pop songs, at first glance he looks like an out-of-service gorilla, stocky and muscular, wearing glasses. sun on the face. Now, 68, the farmer's son in Lincolnshire says, "I grew up wanting to be American, everything I heard or read as a child was American, I think I was destined to live here.

It is his obsession with Americana that has led to his latest project Elton, Restoration, an album that features the country's biggest stars, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash's daughter, Rosanne, who have reimagined some of the most beloved songs Taupin, a field fan, recruited his good friends, country legend Vince Gill and Don Henley from The Eagles, to record one of his personal favorites, Sacrifice. "Miley Cyrus gives her individual version of her seventies hit The Bitch Is Back, though Taupin noted that as a vegan, she had eliminated all references to meat.

Elton and Taupin at a party in California, 1973. Elton is an extroverted and realistic extrovert, while Taupin is a great admirer of the United States and "is not really a real person".

Elton and Taupin at a party in California, 1973. Elton is an extroverted and realistic extrovert, while Taupin is a great admirer of the United States and "is not really a real person".

Elton and Taupin at a party in California, 1973. Elton is an extroverted and realistic extrovert, while Taupin is a great admirer of the United States and "is not really a real person".

Elton and Taupin lived and worked together in the late sixties, sharing the apartment of Linda Woodrow, an heiress of pickled onions who got engaged to Elton, before she left as gay

Elton and Taupin lived and worked together in the late sixties, sharing the apartment of Linda Woodrow, an heiress of pickled onions who got engaged to Elton, before she left as gay

Elton and Taupin lived and worked together in the late sixties, sharing the apartment of Linda Woodrow, an heiress of pickled onions who got engaged to Elton, before she left as gay

Elton has spoken about his past addictions, but Taupin is reluctant to participate in what he once called "all that idolatry of alcoholism and drug addiction."

Elton has spoken about his past addictions, but Taupin is reluctant to participate in what he once called "all that idolatry of alcoholism and drug addiction."

Elton has spoken about his past addictions, but Taupin is reluctant to participate in what he once called "all that idolatry of alcoholism and drug addiction."

Legend has it that the "bitch" in question is actually Elton himself, and that when he was in a bad mood, Taupin's first wife, Maxine Feibelman, used to say, "The bitch is back." It was probably because of Elton, "says Taupin, but he seems reluctant to attribute inspiration to his first wife, perhaps because his fourth wife, Heather Kidd, with whom he has two daughters, is sitting with us.

Elton and Taupin lived and worked together in the late sixties, sharing the apartment of Linda Woodrow, an heiress of pickled onions who got engaged to Elton, before he left as gay. "It was a total lack of coincidence, obviously," recalls Taupin. In fact, so confused and depressed was the young singer that one afternoon Taupin returned home and found Elton on the kitchen floor with his head in the oven trying to commit suicide, although Taupin said later: "He had just turned on the gas, I had left the window open and had even thought about taking a cushion to rest my head.

Inspired the song Someone saved my life tonight, a nod to Taupin and singer Long John Baldry, who tried to convince his friend not to continue with the marriage. After breaking up with Woodrow, Elton returned to his mother's house in Pinner, taking Taupin with him and it was there that the duo forged their collaboration.

Even then, they never sat down and worked together. Taupin would work on the lyrics and hand them to Elton, who would then create the song. It's a system to which they have attached themselves, although Taupin adds, "There are many discussions. I'll visit him on the way and we'll have frequent phone calls. It's just that we both prefer to work alone. "

The marriage of Taupin with Maxine Feibelman in 1971 - Elton John was the godfather

The marriage of Taupin with Maxine Feibelman in 1971 - Elton John was the godfather

The marriage of Taupin with Maxine Feibelman in 1971 – Elton John was the godfather

Taupin and John, in 1982. In 1983 they released the platinum album Too Low for Zero, which spawned the hit "I Still Standing", a nod to Elton's endurance in the music industry.

Taupin and John, in 1982. In 1983 they released the platinum album Too Low for Zero, which spawned the hit "I Still Standing", a nod to Elton's endurance in the music industry.

Taupin and John, in 1982. In 1983 they released the platinum album Too Low for Zero, which spawned the hit "I Still Standing", a nod to Elton's endurance in the music industry.

His first hit, Your Song (which Taupin once said, "could only have been written by a 17-year-old who had never been established in his life"), came in 1970, and preceded a decade of successes with successes such as Crocodile Rock, Bennie And The Jets and Rocket Man. His success, says Taupin, was gradual, and although he did not splurge on luxuries, he got into many problems. I had a liking for vodka, women and cocaine. After his first marriage he registered at a clinic in Acapulco to clean up.

Elton has spoken about his past addictions, but Taupin is reluctant to participate in what he once called "all that idolatry of alcoholism and drug addiction." But he is irritated when people use the "survival" of the musicians who have conquered their demons. I can not stand that word. Labeling someone as a survivor is giving them too much praise for bad behavior. If you wish, you leave it or you fall and you burn. "

Was there a turning point for him? Yes, of course. You wake up one day and say, "Well, I'm not doing this anymore," and that's what I would do. I tried. Fact. Next. & # 39;

It was helpful to always write when I was heterosexual. Even Rocket Man (& # 39; Zero hour: 9 a.m./ And I'll be high like a kite by then & # 39;)? "Absolutely," he says, "because I was driving in that moment!" "What did Robin Williams say?" "Cocaine is God's way of saying you're making too much money." He understood well.

Their respective excesses saw Taupin and Elton separate after the Blue Moves album of 1976, but a few years later they went back to work together. In 1983 they released the platinum album Too Low for Zero, which spawned the hit "I'm Still Standing," a nod to Elton's endurance in the music industry. But his biggest success was arriving in 1997 with his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind, a reworking of his original 1974 song. I know there's something [in it] about "the rose of England", says Taupin, and I think that idea came to me. But I did not know her or know her. I did it for Elton, as a friend. "

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 2016. Taupin says of his early years: "I was the country bumpkin par excellence and he was sophisticated, he lived in London and played in clubs! Then he looked after me. 39;

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 2016. Taupin says of his early years: "I was the country bumpkin par excellence and he was sophisticated, he lived in London and played in clubs! Then he looked after me. 39;

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 2016. Taupin says of his early years: "I was the country bumpkin par excellence and he was sophisticated, he lived in London and played in clubs! Then he looked after me. 39;

Taupin says that he and Elton have talked about another new album next year or so. Next year, too, you will see the release of the movie Rocketman, a biopic and fantasy musical starring Taron Egerton in which Elton and Jamie Bell play the diminutive Taupin.

He may be one of the most successful composers of pop, but Taupin says: "Composers are people who sit in rooms all day and sweat blood trying to write songs, I do not do that, I just write when the time comes & # 39;

& Restoration & # 39; Now available on Decca Records. countryline.tv

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