Elton John pays tribute to lyric writer Bernie Taupin

Elton John has paid tribute to his song-writing partner Bernie Taupin.

The 72-year-old star said the couple got on “like a house on fire” the moment they met.

He added they’ve remained close friends ever since.

Sir Elton said: “Well, let’s start with the lyrics.

“I read them on the train, and I liked them straight away and I started doing demos of them.

“I didn’t meet Bernie for quite a while after that, and then he came down to London.

“As in ‘Rocketman’, we met at a café and we got on like a house on fire.

“He was like the best friend I never had; he was like a brother.

“I have never been in the same room with him when he had written a song, we’ve never had an argument about a song.

“Although, there must have been times when he didn’t like what I’d done but he’s never told me.

“It’s been the most incredible relationship; it’s been 53 years now.”

Taupin, 69, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, wrote the lyrics for countless Elton John worldwide hits – including, “I’m Still Standing”, “Rocketman”, “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle In The Wind”.

He’s estimated to be worth more than £100 million.




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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