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Bernie Taupin

Songwriter
Male
Born May 22, 1950

Bernard John "Bernie" Taupin is an English lyricist, poet, and singer, best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, writing the lyrics for the majority of the star's songs, making his lyrics some of the best known in pop-rock's history. In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement in England's music paper New Musical Express that was seeking new songwriters.… Read More

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Timeline

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CHILDHOOD

1950 Birth Born on May 22, 1950.

TEENAGE

1967 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement placed in the UK music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records, a company that was seeking new songwriters. … Read More

TWENTIES

1970 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Taupin's lyrics include such songs as "Rocket Man", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Honky Cat", "Tiny Dancer", "Candle in the Wind", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Bennie and the Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "The Bitch is Back", "Daniel", and 1970's "Your Song", their first hit. … Read More
1971 21 Years Old In 1971, Taupin recorded a spoken-word album entitled Taupin, in which he recites some of his early poems against a background of impromptu, sitar-heavy music created by some members of Elton's band, including Davey Johnstone and Caleb Quaye. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old In 1973, Taupin collected all his lyrics up through the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album into a book entitled Bernie Taupin: The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John. … Read More
1977 27 Years Old In 1977, Taupin collaborated with rock photographer David Nutter on "It's A Little Bit Funny", adding text and helping chronicle Elton John's year-long, "Louder Than Concorde, But Not Quite As Pretty" world concert tour. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old In 1978, Taupin also appeared in an episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula, singing backup to Shaun Cassidy.

THIRTIES

1988 38 Years Old In 1988, Taupin published an autobiography of his childhood entitled A Cradle of Haloes: Sketches of a Childhood. … Read More

FORTIES

1991 41 Years Old In 1991, Taupin self-published a book of poems called The Devil at High Noon. … Read More
1992 42 Years Old In 1992, Taupin was asked to produce a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles. … Read More

FIFTIES

2003 53 Years Old The song won the 2003 Grammy for best vocal collaboration in country music.
2004 54 Years Old In 2004, he co-wrote Courtney Love's song "Uncool", from her 2004 debut solo album America's Sweetheart. … Read More
2007 57 Years Old On 25 March 2007, Taupin made a surprise appearance at John's 60th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden, briefly discussing their 40-year songwriting partnership. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old In 2009, Taupin debuted his American Roots Radio with Bernie Taupin, a roots music show hosted by Taupin on satellite radio Sirius XM Radio's The Loft channel.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2010 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Taupin and John also composed several songs for "The Union", a collaboration album between Elton and his longtime hero Leon Russell released in October 2010.
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