In 1967, a farmworker from Lincolnshire sent a lyrics sheet to Liberty Records. Yun ang naging simula ng partnership ni Bernie Taupin at ni Reginald Dwight na mas kilala sa pangalang Elton John.
Nakita lang daw ni Taupin ang advertisement sa isang music magazine. At dahil amateur poet kaya nagpadala siya ng kanyang sample of work. Si Elton naman ay isang frustrated pianist na naghahanap ng suwerte.
At suwerte nga ang idinulot ng partnership nina Bernie at Reginald dahil nagkaroon agad sila ng plaka. For 40 years ay hindi na mabilang ang kanilang hits na lumagpas na sa 250 million album ang naibenta.
The partnership started on the right foot. Naging mag-roommate si Elton at Bernie para sa needed bonding. In collaboration, disagreements are common brought about by differences in culture, family life, upbringing and education.
Successful naman ang bonding ng collaborators. Everytime Bernie submitted a lyrics sheet, Elton was always inspired. The element of mystery was always present such that Elton never had difficulty in laying out the music to the lyrics.
Ang ilan sa kanilang sikat na kanta ay ang Your Song, Rocket Man at Goodbye Yellow Brick Road na very poetic na may malalim na meaning ang lyrics. Ang mga simpleng kantang Crocodile Rock at Bennie and the Jets ay bumenta rin.
Ang Daniel ay tungkol sa isang blind soldier na Vietnam war veteran. Nagkaroon ng argument sina Elton at Bernie dahil nahahabaan si Elton sa lyrics kaya pinutol niya ang last stanza. Ayon kay Elton ay mas gumanda pa ang kanta dahil nagkaroon ng mystique.
Sa pagsikat ng Daniel ay aksidenteng ma-discover ng mga music lovers ang flip side ng single na Skyline Pigeon. Kadalasan sa mga singles (45 rpm records) the flip side is a filler o kantang hindi inaasahang bebenta.
Ang Sweet Painted Lady ay tribute ni Taupin sa mga sailors na karaniwang babae ang hinahanap tuwing dadaong. Naging hit ang Sweet Painted Lady noong early 1970s. Nasundan ito ng isa pang hit na We All Fall In Love Sometimes.
Piano dominates the arrangement of their songs because Elton John is the composer of the melody aside from being a performer. Their most memorable collaboration was Candle In The Wind which was a hit worldwide.
Written in 1973, Candle In The Wind was dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. But when Princess Diana died in a crash, Elton John had the song rewritten. In 1997, Candle In The Wind hit the charts.
The Diving Board is the latest album released by Elton John, his 30th album.
1. Oceans Away – tribute to World War II soldiers
2. Oscar Wilde Gets Out – about a writer in prison
3. A Town Called Jubilee – a traditional ballad
4. The Ballad of Blind Tom – based on the life of a slave composer
5. Dream No. 1
6. My Quicksand
7. Can’t Stay Alone Tonight
9. Home Again – ballad about exile
10. Take This Dirty Water
11. Dream No. 2
12. The New Fever Waltz
13. Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)
14. Dream No. 3
15. The Diving Board – the fatal seduction of a celebrity
Ang Diving Board ang first solo album nina Elton at Bernie since 2006. Ang lyrics ay isinulat ni Taupin sa loob ng 6 months. Serious songs daw ang laman ng The Diving Board na hindi appropriate sa kabataan.
The musical partners Bernie Taupin (in white) and Elton John in their younger days. Photo at right is a later version of Bernie and Elton
Bernie Taupin had collaborated with other popular artists: Working Girl with Melissa Manchester, From The Inside with Alice Cooper, Hard Lesson To Learn with Rod Stewart, and ilan sa mga successful collaborations ni Taupin.
Taupin had been married 4 times. Naging asawa niya ang sister ni Rene Russo, gayon din ang anak ng entertainer na si Dick Haymes. Nakamit ni Taupin ang peaceful life sa kanyang ranch nang lumipat siya sa Southern California noong 1980.
Elton John had been married to a woman, Renate Blauel, in 1984. But in 1988, Elton divorced Blauel and admitted that he is gay. In December 2005, Elton John and David Furnish got married to be among the first couple to avail of the same-sex marriage law.
For his great contributions to the field of music, Sir Elton John had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997. He is now in the league of great British musicians like Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and Mick Jagger.
By the way, famous Beatle John Lennon had declined the invitation for his knighthood. Ang ilan pang celebrities na tumanggi sa knighthood ay sina rock star David Bowie, actress Vanessa Redgrave at ang Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.
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