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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22 May 1950
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Lyricist Bernie Taupin is ready to record a sale in Santa Ynez Valley
LATimes - 7 months
Bernie Taupin, noted lyricist and longtime songwriting partner to Elton John, has listed his longtime home in the Santa Ynez Valley for sale at $4.7 million. The gated equestrian estate, known as Roundup Valley Ranch, encompasses close to 30 acres. A Mediterranean-style main house, a separate guesthouse/studio...
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Of Course Sir Elton John's Birthday Party Was An A-List Affair
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Isaac Mizrahi at the Café Carlyle: A Gift That Keeps on Giving
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 Broo...
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Elton John, Bernie Taupin launch contest to crowd-source videos for three iconic hits
LATimes - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 4 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, a...
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin Are Back With ‘Diving Board’
NYTimes - over 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 l...
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Martin: 'Sorry' comes easy to bad guys
Calgary Sun - almost 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 an...
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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.
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    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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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    In 2004, he co-wrote Courtney Love's song "Uncool", from her 2004 debut solo album America's Sweetheart.
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  • 2003
    Age 52
    The song won the 2003 Grammy for best vocal collaboration in country music.
  • 1992
    Age 41
    In 1992, Taupin was asked to produce a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
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  • 1991
    Age 40
    In 1991, Taupin self-published a book of poems called The Devil at High Noon.
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  • 1988
    Age 37
    In 1988, Taupin published an autobiography of his childhood entitled A Cradle of Haloes: Sketches of a Childhood.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 1950
    Born on May 22, 1950.
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