On May 22, Elton’s lyricist turned 59.
The long-running partnership between the Rocket Man and the Brown Dirt Cowboy began in 1967, when both men answered an advertisement for talent placed in the New Musical Express by Ray Williams of Liberty Records.
The team took some time off from each other for a while between 1977 and 1979 to work with other songwriters. They resumed their partnership, at first, on an occasional basis in 1980. However, by 1983’s Too Low For Zero, the two renewed their relationship on a full-time basis, and from that point forward Bernie Taupin was again John’s primary lyricist, a position he holds to this day (although, except for 2006’s Lestat, Elton tends to use other lyricists on theatrical projects).
On March 25, 2007, Bernie came onstage during Elton’s 60th birthday festivities at Madison Square Garden. The piano player told the audience that without Taupin, there probably wouldn’t be an Elton John as the public has come to know him.
EJW hopes that Bernie’s birthday was a lovely one.