Elton John and Bernie Taupin win their first Oscar for Original Song

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The original Rocket Man and the ‘Rocketman’ lead actor talk of playing John in the Paramount biopic without veering into impersonation

Elton dedicates win to ‘my beautiful boys’ Zachary and Elijah – Elton previously won an Oscar for Can You Feel the Love Tonight with Tim Rice 

The pair wrote the song for the biopic that charted Elton’s rise to superstar status, warts and all.

Elton previously won the Oscar for Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the original Lion King, which he shared with Tim Rice.

In his acceptance speech, the singer, 72, called Bernie ‘the constant thing in my life.’

‘When I screwed up, when I was normal, he’s always been there for me,’ he explained.

‘This is a dream for us. We’ve never been nominated before for anything like this,’ he added.

He also gave a shout out to Rocketman star Taron Egerton, whose performance had been snubbed by Academy voters.

Elton concluded his speech with a mention of the two sons he shares with husband David Furnish.

‘To my beautiful boys who are watching this in Sydney, Zachary and Elijah, how much do I love you? Daddy loves you,’ he said.

Both Elton and Bernie thanked Furnish for his support with Bernie saying it was Furnish ‘who drove this train all the way here’.

As for winning an Oscar with Elton, Bernie, 69, simply said: ‘Being here with this guy, I don’t have any words for it.’

‘This is justification for 53 years of hammering it out.’

In a new featurette, Elton John and Taron Egerton go behind the scenes on the making of “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” a new song for Rocketman that plays over the credits of the Paramount biopic, which stars Egerton as the music legend.

The video shows a studio recording of the duet, with John and Egerton taking turns at the microphone to sing their respective parts of the Oscar-nominated tune. The duo also do an impromptu sit-down interview, where John jokes about looking at Egerton as himself.

“Here we are, you and me, or you’re me and I’m you, or vice versa,” the original Rocket Man says. John also talks about the false starts in casting a lead actor for his life story, which uses songs to help drive the emotional journey.

“If you’re going to do me, I knew you could sing, I wanted your interpretation of me, and not just acting with my music as well. And finding someone to do that is incredibly hard. You’re unique. You’re the only person who could have done this,” the pop icon remarks in the video about Egerton never veering into impersonation.

Rocketman is blasting off all the way into awards season. In a phenomenal celebration of the “perennial marriage of film and music,” as director Dexter Fletcher coined in his introduction of the film, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra played the music of Rocketman live-to-picture for a packed audience at the Greek Theatre on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The evening included a performance from Taron Egerton and the Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton John.(HOLLYWOODREPORTER)

 

As conducted by John Beal, the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra played all of the songs from the movie and original score by Matthew Margeson with the cast vocals intact, as well as a special Entr’acte bringing the audience back in after a 20-minute intermission following Egerton and Richard Madden’s “Honky Cat” number.

For the run of the film, the audience was pleasantly seated. But the second Rocketman finished and John and Egerton came onstage, it was “organized chaos,” as Fletcher said. En masse, every single person rose like a tidal wave and never sat back down.

John, donning a red and white blazer and glasses adorned with blue sparkles, with Egerton, in a white suit with black stripes and a blue button-down, wasted no time getting down to business. John effusively praised his onscreen counterpart, repeatedly referring to him as the “amazing, amazing Taron Egerton” before cueing the orchestra with an, “OK baby, let’s go.”

  traveling the stars: “Rocket Man,” David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” and Harry Nilsson’s “Spaceman.” With Bowie’s song hitting first (just a scant 10 days before the actual moon landing), it’s been assumed that “Oddity” inspired Taupin’s bolt of inspiration while driving.

 

 

 

“Border Song” became his first song to chart in the U.S. when it just dented the Hot 100 in 1970. Aretha Franklin’s cover did better when it peaked at No. 35 later that year. Taupin wrote the song’s first two verses, but, as they revealed in a joint interview with Rolling Stone in 1973, John contributed the last one to stretch out the song’s length. “That’s why the last verse is very mundane,” the singer said.

“Your Song” was the song that launched John to global stardom, becoming a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. But Taupin admitted in 1989 that his contribution is “one of the most naive and childish lyrics in the entire repertoire of music, but I think the reason it still stands up is because it was real at the time.” After receiving Taupin’s lyrics, John sat down at the piano in his parents’ North London apartment and wrote the melody and chord changes in about 20 minutes.

 

 “Tiny Dancer” (1971)

“We came to California in the fall of 1970, and sunshine radiated from the populace. I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met – especially at the clothes stores up and down the Strip in L.A. They were free spirits, sexy in hip-huggers and lacy blouses, and very ethereal, the way they moved. So different from what I’d been used to in England. And they all wanted to sew patches on your jeans. They’d mother you and sleep with you – (Bernie Taupin)

 “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976)

Kiki Dee explained in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh, “Both Elton and I were big fans of those duets on Motown by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and as there hadn’t been any around for a bit, we thought we’d do one ourselves.” Elton recorded his part in Toronto, then the tape was sent to London where Kiki Dee recorded her vocal. Producer Gus Dudgeon recalls, “I was with Elton in Canada and he actually sang about three quarters of the song and gave Kiki about four lines. I said, “Hang on a minute, is this supposed to be a duet or a guest appearance? Elton replied, ‘A duet.’ Then you’ve got to give her at least 50% of the song.” (songfacts.com)

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (1974)

“My only recollections of this is that we wanted to write something big. I mean, big in that dramatic Spectory (as in Phil Spector) style, like ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.’ Hopefully being powerful without being pompous.

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 

“The lyrics to the title track do say that I want to leave Oz and get back to the farm,” Taupin told Rolling Stone in 2014. “I think that’s still my M.O. these days. I don’t mind getting out there and doing what everybody else was doing, but I always had to have an escape hatch.

Rocket man s coming out at the end of May.

 

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