Composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms Ann Orton (Elton) and Carte Blanche (Bernie), and meant as an affectionate imitation of the Motown style of music. The composers wanted Dusty Springfield to record the song but she was not available at the time because of illness, so Elton recorded it as a duet with English singer Kiki Dee. The song earned Elton John and Bernie Taupin the 1976 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. It was Elton and Kiki’s first No.1 song in the UK. Chart-History. Genres: Pop, Soft Rock. Miss Piggy of The Muppet Show agreed to record the song with Elton in 1977: Elton-John/Miss-Piggy. Bernie Taupin is an English lyricist, poet, and singer. He is best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, having written the lyrics for many of Elton John’s songs.
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