Sep 12, 2023

By Andy Johnson

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He says he was drunk by a pool in Barbados when he got a call from Sir Elton John needing words to go with some new music.  The result was Sir Elton’s first number one song in 1976.

That’s how Elton’s lyricist, Bernie Taupen says he came to write the words to “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in ten minutes of drunken scribbling.

That’s just one of the stories the 73-year old has penned in his memoir called “Scattershot.”

He also admits to punching out John Belushi, getting annoyed by Salvador Dali and achieving his childhood dream of becoming a cowboy.

What you don’t read much about is Elton John.  Taupin says they were “joined at the hip at the beginning,” but once they saw some success, it was natural for them to separate and find their own lives.

“Scattershot” is in book stores today.

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