TOP 100 SONGS BY ELTON JOHN. This post: #80-71. MORE Elton John tomorrow; the countdown continues in 2 days.
Caffé Latte` celebrates Elton John’s 70th birthday on March 25 and a half century of songwriting with Bernie Taupin with a retrospective highlighting:
THE 100 GREATEST SONGS OF
(HEY HEY JOHNNY)
Album: Junp Up!
John Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980 in New York City. He had been a close friend of Elton's, particularly during the former Beatle's 70s 'Lost Weekend' binge drinking period. The piano player is godfather to Lennon's 2nd son Sean. Taupin's lyrics convey the loss Elton felt following the tragedy.
Album: Sleeping With The Past
The ballad "Sacrifice" was written by the team of Elton and Taupin. It reached #1 in Europe and became the former's first chart topping single in Britain. Parent album 'Sleeping With The Past' was inspired by a variety of soul acts from the 1960s and 1970s.
(AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE)
Album: Breaking Hearts
Elton's vocal is moving on the title track from the album 'Breaking Hearts'. The ballad was the 5th single lifted off the LP.
TAKE ME TO THE PILOT
Album: Elton John
The release of the 'Elton John' album launched the fledgling musician's profile. "Take Me To The Pilot" was on the flip side of the American pressing of the single "Your Song". The playful track was penned by Elton and Taupin.
Album: 21 At 33
"Little Jeannie" was a #1 hit in Canada. In the US, it peaked at #3 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary. The sweet love song was written by Elton with Gary Osborne. The former co-produced the '21 At 33' album with Clive Franks.
Album: Tumbleweed Connection
Bernie Taupin's fascination with Americana was explored on the 'Tumbleweed Connection' album. It spawned the glorious Country & Western-tinged track "Country Comfort". The LP was unleashed barely 6 months after 'Elton John'.
WRAP HER UP
Album: Ice on Fire
"Wrap Her Up" features guest vocalist George Michael as he and Elton run through some of the most alluring women in history and contemporary pop culture. The stellar name-check includes: Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Joan Collins, Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Priscilla Presley, Grace Jones, Natasha Kinski, Princess Caroline (of Monaco) and Annie Lennox. The tribute was written by Elton and Taupin. Kiki Dee performed backing vocals on the cut.
BUT NOT FOR ME
Album: Four Weddings And A Funeral (film soundtrack)
Endearing comedy film 'Four Weddings And A Funeral' features 3 Elton songs on its soundtrack album: "Crocodile Rock", a remake of "Chapel Of Love" and a cover of the George and Ira Gershwin standard "But Not For Me".
Album: Songs From The West Coast
The tragic hate crime that claimed the life of 21 year old gay youth Matthew Shepard inspired the writing of "American Triangle". Taupin and Elton combined forces to construct a powerful tribute which features Rufus Wainwright on harmony vocals.
KISS THE BRIDE
Album: Too Low For Zero
Elton dropped this wedding day anthem in 1983. It was the 3rd single lifted off the mega-successful 'Too Low For Zero' album. The composition, written by him and Taupin, reached the UK Top 20.