♫ Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ♫

I had intended to play this one last night … er, yesterday … but as it happened, after eating about half a cup of soup, my body decided it was time for sleep, and nothing was going to convince it otherwise.  Heck, it was only 2:30!  Usually I’m good ’til at least 4:00 a.m.!  Anyway, tonight’s selection is staying in the “fun” mode that I started two nights ago with Do Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann.  No deep meaning, no sad ‘n sappy love gone wrong … just fun.  (Sorry, John … try not to overthink this one)

Released in 1976 by Elton John and Kiki Dee, this song was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche”, respectively.  John and Taupin originally intended to record the song with Dusty Springfield, but ultimately withdrew the offer; Springfield’s partner Sue Cameron later said this was because she was too ill at the time.

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.”

Interestingly, this was the second-biggest-selling record of 1976 in both the UK and US, and topped the charts in a number of countries, including France, Italy, Australia and Canada.  I was quite surprised to find out that it was Elton’s first #1 in the UK. He had to wait 14 years for his next UK #1, which was Sacrifice.

When, in preparation for this post, I read that Elton John performed this on a Season 2 episode of The Muppet Show in 1977 with Miss Piggy, you just know I had to go … in search of!  And found!  So, since this is a “just-for-fun” music post, you get two versions tonight, the second for all my fellow Muppets fans out there!

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Elton John/Kiki Dee/Miss Piggy

Don’t go breaking my heart
I couldn’t if I tried
Honey, if I get restless
Baby, you’re not that kind

Don’t go breaking my heart
You take the weight off me
Oh, honey, when you knock on my door
Ooh, I gave you my key

Ooh-hoo, nobody knows it
When I was down
I was your clown
Ooh-hoo, nobody knows it, nobody knows
Right from the start
I gave you my heart
Oh oh, I gave you my heart

So don’t go breaking my heart
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart

And nobody told us
‘Cause nobody showed us
And now it’s up to us, babe
Whoa, I think we can make it

So don’t misunderstand me
You put the light in my life
Oh, you put the spark to the flame
I’ve got your heart in my sights

Ooh-hoo, nobody knows it
When I was down
I was your clown
Ooh-hoo, nobody knows it, nobody knows
Right from the start
I gave you my heart
Oh oh, I gave you my heart

Don’t go breaking my heart
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart

Ooh-hoo, nobody knows it
When I was down
I was your clown
Right from the start
I gave you my heart
Oh oh, I gave you my heart

Don’t go breaking my heart
I won’t go breaking your heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
(Don’t go breaking my)
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart
(Don’t go breaking my)
I won’t go breaking your heart
Don’t go breaking my heart

Songwriters: Elton John / Bernie Taupin
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

33 thoughts on “♫ Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ♫

  1. One of the truly happiest songs of the 1970s.
    Kiki Dee never did get the full credit she was due, tremendous voice and performer with an impressive list of recordings.
    I hadn’t seen the Miss Piggy version- that was fun (‘eat your heart out Kiki’-priceless)

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  2. I (nearly) always liked Elton John but that”s not a suggestion you stick on Crocodile Rock. No way was I not going to like him singing with Dusty, but when that fell through I was thrilled to learn hed chosen Kiki Dee, the first female singer from the UK to sign with Motown and. she. was.white. I’d always liked her song Amoureuse, she had a great voice.This was a great single and was great fun to watch. No, not you Miss Piggie.
    Cwtch

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    • Hmmmm … Crocodile Rock, eh? Duly noted! 😉 Just kidding. I’m not typically a fan of Elton’s earlier work, like that one, or Rocket Man, but I did like this one, and glad you did too. I didn’t know, though, that Kiki Dee had signed with Motown! Awwww … you dinna like Miss Piggy?
      Cwtch

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      • my all-time favorite Elton John album is Mad man across the water. When I was a kid, we had that one on eight track tape and there must have been something wrong with the indexing because it would switch tracks in the middle of a song and land in the middle of another song. that was the only tape we had that did this.

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        • I’m shocked that you can remember 8-track tapes, for I thought you would have come of age long after those had become obsolete! I remember how they always … ALWAYS seemed to get hung in the player just as I was driving at top speed and couldn’t slow down to fix the thing before it ate half the tape! Ahhhhh … the good ol’ days!

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      • Hi, Jill! Yes, I’m still happy with my job. It’s fun and at times exciting! Hoping the Coronavirus doesn’t stop the cruise ships ….. from coming into Port Canaveral. 🙁
        Hope all is well with you! Thank you for your posts. Your blog is enlightening and informative….and greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you!!!! 💙

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        • I’m so glad! Like you, I hope the coronavirus doesn’t hit there … or anywhere else, for that matter, though I suspect that few parts of the country will come out unscathed. Still … I’m glad you are happy, my dear soul sister! All is … okay with me. Needless to say, the events of the past few weeks have taken a bit of a toll, but … I’m hanging in. Thank you so much for your kind words … it is that which keeps me going when I feel like giving up! Love ‘n hugs! ❤

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  3. This brings back memories as this was the first 45 rpm that I purchased in 1976 from k-mart.
    My first album was Frampton comes alive. I purchased both of these in 1976 shortly after we moved to Florida from Rhode Island.

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