♫ Don’t Go Breaking My Heart ♫

I played this one exactly a year ago today, on February 29th, 2019 (yes, I know today is March 1st, but last year was a leap year, so February had that pesky extra day).  I’m reduxing it today for the simple reason that it’s a fun song … just that … no hidden meanings, no broken hearts, just a lot of fun.  The camaraderie between a young Elton and Kiki Dee was contagious and you can’t watch this and not smile.

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

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

  1. this was the first record i purchased for myself when I was a kid, got it from a k-mart at the cost of $0.96 if i remember right. It was shortly after we moved form Rhode Island to Florida.
    Sadly, the music I write won’t be nearly as popular, ha-ha.
    hugs to you my friend, I hope you’re doing well.

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    • You’ve got a much better memory than I have, for I couldn’t begin to tell you the first record I bought! You never know, Scott … you may hit the big one any time!

      I’m okay, Scott … not great, but surviving. How are you and your family? Are you guys still homeschooling, or are the kids back in school now? Take care … BIG hugs!!!

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      • we’ve been alright, though we have to get part of our solar setup replaced and the pump housing for the pool repaired because of the winter storms from a few weeks ago.

        Our kids have been back at in person learning since the beginning of the school year.

        Spring break is next week.

        new company

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  2. At that point in his career Reg had done better with his albums here than his singles. Before this one he’d had three #1 albums, as well as three at #2. I tended to prefer his albums, which were all superb.

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    • I’ve never heard Elton called “Reg” before! Is that a UK nickname for him? I didn’t realize his albums did better than his singles … I stopped buying albums … oh gosh … must have been in the early 70s. At one time, I had a whole collection of Beatles’ albums, but sold them for a pittance to put food on the table … sigh.

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      • It’s actually his real name – he was born Reginald Dwight. I guess that wasn’t sufficiently exotic to be a pop star name! His early albums are wonderful. I used to have them all but, like you, had to dispose of them. Sad days – but streaming services fill the gap nowadays.

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        • Ahhhhh … I do vaguely remember reading about his given name long ago, but things don’t stay in my mind long these days. Yes, Reginald is a bit unwieldy and stuffy sounding, too. You’re right, but I always think … what happens if the internet someday goes down for weeks/months? I guess we’ll have to rely on the music that’s in our heads!

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          • It was unusual, even at the time he was born, when it was thought of as old-fashioned.

            I have a vast CD collection so could probably survive for a while. I’d miss the internet for many reasons, though.

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            • When I hear the name ‘Reginald’, I picture a wealthy couple in the early 1800s sitting in their parlour … the woman snaps her fingers and the butler appears. She says, “Reginald, fetch me my reading glasses … oh, and while you’re at it …”

              Indeed, we have ALL become so dependent on the internet that we would be lost without it. Heck, if I need to check the meaning of a word, I don’t even get the dictionary anymore, just type the word into Google! The dictionary … I think … is on the bookshelf by the door in the living room, likely covered in dust!

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                    • Hmmmm … how kind of her! I don’t think I’ll ask just how she wishes you a good night! I wish I could use it, but it’s rather like the oven timer … Miss Goose has to come into the kitchen where I’m working not 4 feet away from the oven, to tell me the timer is going off. Or the few times I’ve tried to use GPS on a trip and ended up cursing the voice, saying, “WHAT??? What did you say? Would you please speak up???” 🤣

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                    • I’m used to it and most of the time it doesn’t much bother me, but these days, talking to someone wearing a mask is darn near impossible, for I subconsciously lip read more than I ever realized before! Still, it could be worse, yes? Thanks for caring, my friend.

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