Happy Birthday to Elton John's longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, who turns 73 today (May 22nd)!!! Taupin, who first teamed up with Elton in 1967, wrote the lyrics to such instant classics as “Bennie And The Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Daniel,” “Border Song,” “Take Me To The Pilot,” “Country Comfort,” “Rocket Man,” “Mona Lisa And Mad Hatters,” “Burn Down The Mission,” “I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Candle In the Wind,” “The Bitch Is Back,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Don't Go Breaking My Heart,” “I'm Still Standing,” “Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting,” “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny),” “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song,” and many others.
For Bernie Taupin, 2023 is already shaping up to be one for the history books. On September 12th, he'll publish his eagerly anticipated memoir, titled Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, And Me — and on November 3rd, he'll be one of the inductees of the 2023 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In February 2019, Elton John and Bernie Taupin won their first joint their first joint Oscar for “(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” — the theme to last year's Rocketman biopic, which was sung with Elton's silver screen counterpart, Taron Egerton.