At the end of the day …. “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”!!


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~~April 16, 2015~~ 

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”

(a trip down memory lane)

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin.

It was released as the first single from Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on 10 June in the United States. The song found further success in 1991 in a version recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael which reached number 1 in the UK and US.

In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:

I can’t light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I’m growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life
Too late to save myself from falling
I took a chance and changed your way of life
But you misread my meaning when I met you
Closed the door and left me blinded by the light
Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me
I can’t find, oh the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don’t discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal

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1991 George Michael and Elton John version

As successful as the 1974 record had been, it was as a duet with George Michael that “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” had its greatest success. The pair had performed the song at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Recorded live at a concert at Wembley Arena, London on 23 March 1991 when Elton John was a surprise guest of George Michael, the duet became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

It was released later that year and reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in December 1991 and a single week on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1992. The duet also spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

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~~GALLERY~~ 

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~~Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me~~

George Michael, Elton John

Uploaded on Oct 3, 2009

Music video by George Michael;Elton John performing Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

(c) 1991 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited

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“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” Album ….. by Sir Elton John!!


Elton John Live In Dunedin

~~March 24, 2014~~

40th Anniversary Edition available!! 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1973, it has come to be regarded as one of his best and most popular albums.

Recorded at the Château d’Hérouville, the double album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute “Candle in the Wind” as well as three other successful singles: “Bennie and the Jets“, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting“.

In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The album was ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and No. 59 in Channel 4‘s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums. 

The album has sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Studio album by Elton John
Released 5 October 1973
Recorded May 1973
Château d’HérouvilleFrance
Trident StudiosLondon
Genre Rockglam rock
Length 76:20
Label MCA Records
(US/Canada)
DJM Records
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
(1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
(1973)
Caribou
(1974)
Singles from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  1. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
    Released: 16 July 1973
  2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Released: 15 October 1973
  3. Candle in the Wind
    Released: 1974
  4. Bennie and the Jets
    Released: 4 February 1974

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~~Production~~

Under the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking PicturesBernie Taupin wrote the lyrics in two and a half weeks, with John composing most of the music in three days while staying at the Pink Flamingo Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. He had wanted to go to Jamaica he has said, in part, because the Rolling Stones had just recorded Goats Head Soup there.

Production on the album was started in Jamaica in January 1973, though after difficulties with the sound system and the studio piano, coupled with disturbance due to the Joe Frazier and George Foreman boxing match taking place in Kingston, and violent political tension due to the poor economic situation, the band decided to move before any productive work was done. 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was recorded in two weeks at the Château d’Hérouville in France, where John had previously recorded Honky Château and Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player. Only a version of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” was recorded in Jamaica, but that recording was discarded and the final, released version of the song came from the sessions at the château.

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According to the album’s producer, Gus Dudgeon, the album was not planned as a two-record collection. In total, John and Taupin composed 22 tracks for the album, of which 18 (counting “Funeral for a Friend” and “Love Lies Bleeding” as two discrete tracks) were used, enough that it was released as a double album, John’s first (three more such albums followed up to 2011).

The songs, mostly around the theme of nostalgia for a more humble childhood and an older American culture as seen through eyes of the movies, included “Bennie and the Jets“, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting“, using memories of a Market Rasen pub Taupin frequented when younger, the 11-minute “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding“, and the Marilyn Monroe tribute, “Candle in the Wind“. “Grey Seal” was previously the B-side of the 1970 single, “Rock n’ Roll Madonna“, and was re-recorded for the album.

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“Harmony”, the album’s final track, was considered as a fourth single, but was not issued at the time because the chart longevity of the album and its singles brought it too close to the upcoming releases of Caribou and its proposed accompanying singles. It was, however, used as the B-side of the American release of the “Bennie and the Jets” single, and was popular on FM playlists of the day, especially WBZ-FM in Boston, whose top 40 chart allowed for the inclusion of LP cuts and B-sides as voted for by listeners.

“Harmony” spent three weeks at No. 1 on WBZ-FM’s chart in June 1974 and ranked No. 6 for the year, with “Bennie and the Jets” at No. 1 and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” behind “Harmony” at No. 7. “Harmony” was released as a single in Britain in 1980 and failed to chart, but has emerged as a fan favorite. John has been known to play it live on occasions.

~~Reception~~

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has come to be regarded as John’s best and most popular album, and is his best selling studio album. It has also been seen as one of the most influential albums in music.Three singles were released in the US: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “Bennie and the Jets” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”.

In the US it was certified gold in October 1973, 5× platinum in March 1993, and eventually 8x platinum in February 2014 by the RIAA.

The album was ranked No. 91 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was also placed at No. 59 in Channel 4‘s 2009 list of 100 Greatest Albums.

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~~Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Wembley 1984~~

~~Uploaded on Jul 18, 2011~~

One of my favorite performances from the set of VHS releases from this concert.

~~Elton John – Bennie and the Jets~~

~~Uploaded on Feb 28, 2012~~

Elton John performing “Bennie and the Jets” live at Madison Square Garden, on “Greatest Hits One Night Only” concert.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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