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If you like Bernie Taupin's story, you might also like:
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Bernie Taupin's recommended reading: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Roots Radio
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Elton John's site

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Bernie Taupin was only 17 when he and the teenage Elton John answered the same newspaper ad from a record company looking for songwriters. The two teamed up and became one of the most successful partnerships in music history. Their songs -- "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Your Song," "Daniel," "Rocket Man," "Bennie and the Jets " -- defined the spirit of an era, and the team's writing success has continued ever since. Writing over 30 albums together in a career spanning over 40 years, Taupin and John broke the record held by Elvis Presley for most continuous years on the Billboard Top 40.

Bernie Taupin has enjoyed success apart from this partnership as well, writing memorable songs, including two Number One hits, for artists including Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, and Willie Nelson. When Taupin and Elton John adapted their song "Candle in the Wind" for the 1997 funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, it became the fastest selling record in history, earning over $36 million for the late Princess's favorite charities.

A recurring theme in Bernie Taupin's work has been his lifelong love of the American West, a love that prompted him to become a U.S. citizen and to make his home on a sprawling ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley, where he writes, paints, and hosts a weekly radio show devoted to American roots music.




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