Movies and mu­sic

The Gympie Times - - RELAX -

DIDN’T get enough of El­ton John dur­ing his tour of Aus­tralia last month?

For those who missed out on see­ing the su­per­star live, there is still a chance to en­joy his great­est hits with the re­lease of al­bum Di­a­monds next month.

The two-CD edi­tion starts with Your Song and in­cludes Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Can­dle in the Wind.

Di­a­monds marks the 50th an­niver­sary of John’s song­writ­ing part­ner­ship with Bernie Taupin.

The pair met in 1967 through a mu­sic mag­a­zine ad­vert seek­ing song­writ­ers and stole the lime­light as a song­writ­ing force in 1971 with Your Song.

The duo de­fined an era with their run of 1970s al­bums. Can­dle in the Wind, for ex­am­ple, topped the charts in three dif­fer­ent decades.

Their legacy is one that is un­ri­valled in terms of longevity, cre­ativ­ity and com­mer­cial suc­cess.

John says the pair’s re­la­tion­ship re­mains strong.

“We are at 50 years and our re­la­tion­ship is health­ier than it’s ever been,” he says.

“There have been times in our re­la­tion­ship when we’ve writ­ten with other peo­ple but it still didn’t stop the love.

“I love Bernie more than I’ve ever done and I think he prob­a­bly feels the same way about me, be­cause we’ve both led sep­a­rate lives, we both write in sep­a­rate rooms.

“We have an amaz­ing re­spect and love for each other that’s only grown.”

Taupin says the duo still gets a kick out of what they do. “It’s what we do – when we come to­gether and write some­thing, it still has that mag­i­cal qual­ity to it – it doesn’t get any bet­ter than that. That feel­ing hasn’t aged,” he says.

The al­bum is out on Novem­ber 10.

PHOTO: AP

Writ­ing duo Bernie Taupin and El­ton John.

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