Five For Friday: Elton John & Bernie Taupin

I’ve decided that this will be the last of the Songwriting Teams series on Five For Friday, for now, anyway. I have no idea what will take its place; I’l be focusing on my duties as a host for the A to Z Challenge, so it might just be free-form for a while.

In 1967, Liberty Records put an ad in the New Music Express in the UK for songwriters. Two applicants for the positions were Reg Dwight (aka Elton John) and Bernie Taupin. They were brought together by Liberty, and have been working together ever since, writing hundreds of songs together. Well, not really "together": both men work separately, where Taupin writes the lyrics and sends them on to Elton, who composes the music. Hey, it works for them…

Here are five of my favorite Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs.

Rocket Man (I Think It’s Gonna Be A Long, Long Time)

Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting


Philadelphia Freedom

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Your Five For Friday, March 31, 2023.

23 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Elton John & Bernie Taupin

  1. Great songs, John. I remember taking ballroom dance in college (PE requirement) and learning to Jitterbug to Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.


  2. They needed each other…when Elton split from him in the late seventies…it didn’t work out too well for him.


    1. He has so many great songs. I had already done “Levon” a week ago, or it would have been on this list. But “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Burn Down thhe Mission,” “Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” “Benny and the Jets” (which he did on Soul Train)…

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