Bernie Taupin
British songwriter
Bernie Taupin
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 the UK's music paper New Musical Express that was seeking new songwriters.
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Isaac Mizrahi at the Café Carlyle: A Gift That Keeps on Giving
Huffington Post - 20 days
Calling his Cafe Carlyle show, "Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?" Isaac Mizrahi signals surreal leaps of fancy from music, to looks, to insecurities. Who could ask for more from an evening? Multitalented, the fashion designer/ entertainer croons cabaret standards backed by a great band, his act sprinkled with self-mocking quips recalling Joan Rivers at her most cheeky! Really, what's not to love? For "C'est Si Bon," en francais of course, he pays tribute to Eartha Kitt, recounting that she would say, "I love a horny young hornplayer." Cue Benny Benack III, the youngest member of his band at 26, who solos on his trumpet, manipulating mutes for that wa wa sound. He can play! And Mizrahi feigns competitive chagrin, pouting and pacing in patent leather shoes showing just a bit of diamond ankle bracelet. The man, best known for fashion and costume design, as evidenced by the spectacular career exhibition at the Jewish Museum last year, knows how to accessorize. But more: This Brook ...
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Elton John, Bernie Taupin launch contest to crowd-source videos for three iconic hits
LATimes - 2 months
Longtime musical collaborators Elton John and Bernie Taupin are launching a contest inviting fans to create official music videos for three of the duo’s best known songs to help mark next year’s 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership. Fans will be able to enter videos for “Rocket Man,”...
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Easy Listener: Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart, Barb Jungr, John McDaniel, Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Kanan, Cheyenne Jackson Make Great Music on New CDs
Huffington Post - 3 months
When it comes to gift giving, is there anything better than music? Not much. So for anyone looking around for music to delight potential giftees, here are four new CDs that would make any stocking proud: Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland - Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart (Birdland): At 93, the classiest femme musician in New York City has been playing local and other keyboards since 1947. If you can't do the math, that's coming up on 70 years. The incredible aspect of the astonishing fact is that she gets better and better. Hard to believe? Just listen to this new live recording with now longtime collaborator bassist Leonhart (no, not 70 years, too). Part of what makes Carroll so skilled at jazz is her early classical training. She swings but with that extra-special grounding. The popular composers she shows off here include Harold Arlen, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington (in a 10-minute-plus medley), Jerome Kern, Michel Legrand, George Gershwin and John Green (that's Johnny ...
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How we made Billy Elliot the Musical
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
Lee Hall: ‘I’d fax Elton my lyrics – then he’d call me up and sing them down the phone’ The moment we finished the film, we took it to the Cannes film festival. It was only a small screening and, at that point in 2000, no one had any idea how huge it would be. But Elton John saw it, loved it, and suggested a musical. The next thing I knew, we – Stephen Daldry, the director, and me – were flying out to his New York apartment. He wanted to write the songs, and we assumed his lyricist Bernie Taupin would do the words. Then Elton said: “Why don’t you do them?” So I’d write the lyrics and fax them to him, then he’d call me up and sing down the phone. Continue reading...
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Elton John Gives Piano Eulogy For David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Marquis of the Wiltern Theater for Elton John's Special Event Elton John performed a rare appearance at the Wiltern Theater last Thursday, in a one night special event to promote his new album "Wonderful Crazy Night". The intricately designed interior of the landmark theater, one of the art deco masterpieces of Las Angeles, made for an unusually intimate space to see a performer who is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, second only to Elvis Presley and the Beatles, and who has no problem filling much larger stadiums. "I would be lying if I said this wasn't a nerve wracking night," John said halfway through the evening. "Singing new songs is terrifying, and thank you for your patience!" The new album will be released in a few weeks and he was singing to the choir as the insiders and fans who paid $200 a ticket to see him started cheering from the first chord of "Funeral For A Friend", an old favorite he often starts his concerts with. ...
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Designing Woman Loree Rodkin
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Photos courtesy of Gabriel Machado, from the studio Machado Cicala Morassut in Argentina. Maybe Candace Bushnell could write a more adventurous femme du monde then Loree Rodkin, designer of her own eponymous line of precious jewelry, eyewear, fragrance, couture and home scents. Her unique journey to her own design luxury empire began with a lucrative chance commission as an interior designer launched by her first client real estate tycoon, Victor Drai, followed by interiors for Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, Bernie Taupin and Alice Cooper. Her lover, ballet dancer turned actor, Alexsandr Godunov, led her transition into a career as a successful talent manager for superstars to be Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey Jr. and Virginia Madsen. In 1988, a hobby evolved into a passion for modern, hip, edgy jewelry design, inspiring her to produce her signature pieces: Goth bondage rings, briolette-studded bracelets, multi hoop earrings, necklaces of Medieval crosses and daggers, an ...
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin Are Back With ‘Diving Board’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Bernie Taupin comes up with the words, and Elton John, separately, the music, in a pairing that has been successful for decades.     
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Bernie Taupin on Elton John's New LP: 'It's Kudos All Around'
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
"I'm not very good with words" Elton John said when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 "I let all my expressions and my love and my pain and my anger come out with my melodies I had someone to write my words for...
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Review: 'Diving Board' delves deep into the classic Elton John sound
LATimes - over 3 years
The expert touch of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin shines throughout a reflective new album. Were it released in the LP era, Elton John's "The Diving Board" would have arrived as a fancy double gatefold album, 15 songs separated by instrumental miniatures to open each side. Such a presentation would have added an extra layer of import, signaling the arrival of an album to be taken seriously amid toss-away hitmakers. An assured record that addresses history and drama with poise and confidence, the veteran pianist and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin tackle melody and story as they've done before — while visiting a vividly imagined musical realm.
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WATCH: Elton John Is Ready To Jump
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Elton John is set to release his first solo LP in seven years this September, a much-anticipated collection of 12 new songs and three piano interludes. In a new video premiering exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment, the legendary performer takes viewers into the production of "The Diving Board." The record was produced by T-Bone Burnett and features lyrics by John's longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. In the above video, John and Burnett chat about the album, with some piano playing to boot. “In many ways, I feel like I’m starting again, making records," John said when announcing the album. "Several years ago when beginning to work with T-Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for 'The Union,' I had to ask myself, ‘What kind of music do I really want to make?’, and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That’s what The Diving Board represents. I’m incredibly ...
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Songwriters Hall gala: 'When you write, you give birth'
USA Today - over 3 years
Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were among the honorees.
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10 musical works inspired by Ray Bradbury's writing
LATimes - over 4 years
It's common knowledge that science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday at age 91, was an inspiration to writers and filmmakers, both of whom used his remarkable ideas as rocket boosters to propel their imaginations. Less obvious, but no less numerous, are the musicians who've drawn on Bradbury's work to fuel songs and concept albums. Like the space travelers invited to play "white xylophones" -- the ribcages of dead Martians -- during "The Martian Chronicles," musicians can't resist cosmic inspiration. The below list of works inspired by Bradbury no doubt extends much longer than 10 -- but that's what the comments section is for. Feel free to chime in with music we missed. "Rocket Man" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Based on the Bradbury short story "The Rocket Man," John and Taupin's 1972 classic features thematic elements that the writer addressed throughout his work, including the ways in which humans react to the isolation of space travel. "She packed my bags la ...
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Martin: 'Sorry' comes easy to bad guys
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
With apologies to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, sorry really isn’t that hard a word to say.
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Celeb birthdays for the week of May 20-26
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
May 20: Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Actor Dave Thomas is 63. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 60. Actor Dean Butler (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 56. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 53. Actor John Billingsley (“Enterprise”) is 52. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 52. Singer Nick Heyward of Haircut 100 is 51. TV personality Ted Allen (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) is 47. Actress Mindy Cohn (“Facts of Life”) is 46. Guitarist Tom Gorman of Belly is 46. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 40. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 37. Actor Matt Czuchry (“Friday Night Lights,” ”Gilmore Girls”) is 35. Singer-actress Naturi Naughton (3LW) is 28. May 21: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 71. Guitarist Hilton Valentine of The Animals is 69. Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 67. Keyboardist Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 65. Actress Carol Potter (“Beverly Hills 90210,” ”Sunset Beach”) ...
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Elton John lawsuit nearly 30 years too late?
She Knows - almost 5 years
Elton John is being sued by a man who claims the hit song "Nikita" is a ripoff of his own song "Natasha." Problem? Elton John's song came out nearly 30 years ago. Singer Elton John is being sued by a songwriter who says the hit song "Nikita" is a complete ripoff of a song her wrote called "Natasha." Problem? It apparently took the guy nearly 30 years to notice. A man by the name of Guy Hobbs claims that back in 1982 he penned a little ditty about a Russian cruise ship waitress he called "Natasha." He sent the song lyrics out to multiple publishing companies, including the one that exclusively publishes Elton John's songs, Big Pig, but never heard back. Elton John's husband goes claws out over Madonna >> In 1985 John released "Nikita," a Bernie Taupin-penned pop song about the ill-fated Cold War love between the singer and an East German border guard. With background vocals by George Michael, the song hit number three on the charts in the U.K. and number seven in the U.S. ...
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Miles Mogulescu: Levon Helm and Clarence Clemons Enter Rock 'N Roll Heaven
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
You know you may not be a kid anymore when rock 'n roll heroes from your youth start to die -- not in their '20s from too much, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- but in their '60s or even '70s from diseases of aging like stroke and cancer. Last week it was Levon Helm who brought rural white Southern soul to a bunch of Canadians who backed up Bob Dylan and started to call themselves simply The Band, gone at 71 of after a long battle with throat cancer. Last summer it was the great Clarence Clemons, the big man who infused the real Jersey shore's E Street Band with urban funk, gone at 69 of a stroke. Levon Helm and Clarence Clemons were each the heart and soul of what may be the two greatest rock 'n roll bands ever: The Band -- with its remarkable combination of rock 'n roll funk, white country whine, and a musical precision worthy of the best classical string quartets or the Duke Ellington Orchestra; and The E Street Band -- with its wall of sound backing to the Boss's ant ...
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Levon Helm, co-founder of The Band, dead at 71
KXLY - almost 5 years
Levon Helm, the drummer, multi-instrumentalist and singer for The Band who kept the band's heart for more than three decades, died "peacefully" Thursday afternoon, according to his record label, Vanguard Records. He was 71. "He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul," the record label's statement said. A statement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Helm in 1994, called him the backbone of The Band. "As a member of the one of the most influential rock and roll groups, The Band, Levon Helm produced music that was as much timeless as it was timely," it said. "In the late 1960s and early 1970s when the country was divided, The Band still projected a sense of unity and brought generations of fans together from all over the world." Helm had a voice unlike any other in rock music: definitively Southern, soulful and gritty, an oak-barreled whiskey that sometimes went down with a ...
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1997, Elton John Nyanyikan Candle in the Wind pada Pemakaman Putri Diana - Media Indonesia
Google News - over 5 years
Versi Candle in the Wind yang dinyanyikan John hari itu mempunyai lirik berbeda yang ditulis ulang oleh penulis lirik Elton, Bernie Taupin. Dengan direkam pada hari yang sama di London Studio dengan produser legendaris Beatles George Martin,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernie Taupin
  • 2010
    Age 59
    In addition to his music, much of his time is spent creating his visual art. Taupin began displaying and selling his original artwork in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Consisting of large, mixed media, contemporary works, the art has been shown in select galleries and art fairs across the United States. Taupin on his art: "I don’t feel brighter colors necessarily constitute upbeat feelings although without contradiction they can accomplish the job if the emotion is one of simple joy. However, in much of my work darker colors such as blacks and deep blues might convey the depth of musical genres such as the Blues and Jazz or old school Folk and Country. These musical forms are the blueprint of much of what I create so it could be said that their emotion and passion, which is exhilarating, brings a deeper style of muted exuberance." Taupin has been married four times and divorced three: Maxine Feibelman (1971–76); Toni Lynn Russo (1979–91), sister of actress Rene Russo; Stephanie Haymes (1993–98), daughter of entertainers Dick Haymes and Fran Jeffries; and Heather Kidd (March 2004–present), with whom he has two daughters, Charley Indiana and Georgey Devon.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They also collaborated on five original songs for the Miramax movie Gnomeo and Juliet, released in February 2011.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Of Taupin's importance to their careers, as recorded on the Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden DVD, John told the audience that without Taupin there probably wouldn't be an Elton John as the public has come to know him.
  • 2004
    Age 53
    In 2004, he co-wrote Courtney Love's song "Uncool", from her 2004 debut solo album America's Sweetheart.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, he co-wrote the title track to What I Really Want For Christmas with Brian Wilson for his first seasonal album. In 2006, he won a Golden Globe Award for his lyrics to the song "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" from the film Brokeback Mountain. The music of the song was composed by Argentine producer and songwriter Gustavo Santaolalla.
  • 2003
    Age 52
    The song won the 2003 Grammy for best vocal collaboration in country music.
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  • 1992
    Age 41
    In 1992, Taupin was asked to produce a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The event featured no songs written by the composer, instead opening with an acoustic set of performances of material chosen by the performers followed by selections from the musical West Side Story, chosen for its "timeless message of tolerance that is relevant to every decade."
  • 1991
    Age 40
    In 1991, Taupin self-published a book of poems called The Devil at High Noon.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, Taupin's lyrics up through the Made in England album were collected into a hardcover book entitled Elton John & Bernie Taupin: The Complete Lyrics, published by Hyperion. However, it doesn't appear that Taupin was intimately involved in this project, as it contains multiple misspellings and outright misrenderings of the lyrics. It is also missing some of the rarities and B-sides found in the earlier collection. As with the 1973 collection, the songs are illustrated by various artists, this time in full colour throughout.
  • 1988
    Age 37
    In 1988, Taupin published an autobiography of his childhood entitled A Cradle of Haloes: Sketches of a Childhood.
    More Details Hide Details The book was released only in the UK. It tells the tale of a childhood fuelled by fantasy in rural Lincolnshire in the 1950s and 1960s, ending in 1969 as Taupin gets on the train to seek his fortune in London.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1977
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The now-collectible book was published in hard and soft cover editions by Penguin Books. It collects the better part of one year's worth of personal adventures and memories of Elton and the band, aboard his private plane, on the beaches of Barbados, at backstage gatherings and in some quieter off-stage moments with friends (including some famous faces that Elton and Bernie met and palled around with in their travels).
  • 1973
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to the lyrics from the albums, this book contained the lyrics to all the single B-sides, various rarities, and Taupin's 1970 spoken-word album. The songs are illustrated by various artists, friends, and celebrity guests such as John Lennon and Joni Mitchell. The book is in black & white except for the cover.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Side One is entitled "Child" and contains poems about his early childhood in southern Lincolnshire. The first poem, "The Greatest Discovery," which looks at his birth from the perspective of his older brother Tony, was also set to music by Elton John and included on Elton's eponymous second album, Elton John. There are poems about Taupin's first two childhood homes, Flatters and Rowston Manor, and others about his relationship with his brother and grandfather. Side Two includes a variety of poems of varying obscurity, from a marionette telling her own story to a rat catcher who falls victim to his prey. Taupin stated in interviews that he wasn't pleased with the album. In 1980, Taupin recorded his first album as a singer, He Who Rides the Tiger. Although he demonstrated a more-than-adequate vocal ability, the album failed to make a dent in the charts. Taupin later suggested in interviews that he didn't have the creative control he would have liked over the album. In 1987, he recorded another album entitled Tribe. The songs were co-written with Martin Page. "Citizen Jane" and "Friend of the Flag" were released as singles. Videos of both singles featured Rene Russo, the sister of Toni, his wife at that time.
  • 1970
    Age 19
    Taupin and Ackles had become acquainted when Ackles was selected to be the co-headlining act for Elton John's 1970 American debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Taupin was mentioned specifically as being one of the reasons American Gothic was selected by the writers and editors for inclusion in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. He also collaborated on the book Burning Cold with photographer Gary Bernstein. In 2002, Willie Nelson and Kid Rock recorded "Last Stand in Open Country" for Nelson's album The Great Divide. The song was the title track of the first album from Taupin's band Farm Dogs (see below). Nelson's album included two other Taupin songs, "This Face" and "Mendocino County Line". The latter song, a duet between Nelson and Lee Ann Womack, was made into a video and released as the album's first single.
    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", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "The Bitch is Back", "Daniel", and 1970's "Your Song", their first hit.
    More Details Hide Details Hits in the 1980s include "I'm Still Standing", "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", "Sad Songs", and "Nikita." In the 1990s, Taupin and John had more hits, including "The One", "Simple Life", "The Last Song", "Club at the End of the Street" and "Believe." In September 1997, Taupin rewrote the lyrics of "Candle in the Wind" for "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. I wanted to make it sound like a country singing it. The 1991 film documentary, Two Rooms, described the John/Taupin writing style, which involves Taupin writing the lyrics on his own and John then putting them to music, with no further interaction between the two. The process is still fundamentally the same, with John composing to Taupin's words, but the two interact on songs far more today, with Taupin joining John in the studio as the songs are written and occasionally during recording sessions.
  • 1967
    Age 16
    In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty records A&R man Ray Williams.
    More Details Hide Details Elton John answered the same advert and although neither Bernie nor Elton passed the audition for Liberty Records, Ray Williams recognized their talents and put them in touch with each other. The pair have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. The team took some time off from each other for a while between 1977 and 1979, while Taupin worked with other songwriters, including Alice Cooper, and John worked with other lyricists, including Gary Osborne and Tom Robinson. (The 1978 single-only A side "Ego" was their only collaboration of note during the period, although John/Taupin B-sides such as "Lovesick" and "I Cry at Night" were issued with the respective singles "Song for Guy" and "Part-time Love" from the album A Single Man.) John and Taupin resumed writing together on (at first) an occasional basis in 1980, with Taupin contributing lyrics to only three or four songs each on albums such as The Fox, 21 at 33 and Jump Up! However, by 1983's Too Low for Zero, the two renewed their partnership on a full-time basis and from that point forward Taupin was again John's primary lyricist. (John often works with other lyricists on specific theatrical or film projects such as 1994's The Lion King, which featured lyrics by Tim Rice.)
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Elton John responded to the same advertisement, and the pair were brought together, collaborating on many projects since. In 1971, journalist Penny Valentine wrote that "Bernie Taupin's lyrics were to become as important as Elton John himself, proved to have a mercurial brilliance. Not just in their atmospheric qualities and descriptive powers, but in the way he handled words to form them into straightforward poems that were easy to relate to." Taupin was born at Flatters Farmhouse, which is located between the village of Anwick and the town of Sleaford in the southern part of Lincolnshire, England. Of French ancestry, Taupin's father was educated in Dijon, and was employed as a stockman by a large farm estate near the town of Market Rasen. Taupin's mother worked as a nanny, having previously lived in Switzerland. The family later moved to Rowston Manor, a significant step up from Flatters Farmhouse, which had no electricity.
  • 1950
    Born on May 22, 1950.
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