Elton John was at the peak of his career when he wrote a breezy little pop song with longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin designed to be a duet. The pair wrote "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" under the pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. Kiki Dee, a popular British vocalist who had a major solo hit with "I Got the Music In Me," partnered with Elton in the studio. The result was the longest running #1 hit single in the US for Elton, at 4 weeks, until his Princess Diana tribute "Candle in the Wind." The breezy pop classic also was Elton John's first #1 pop hit single back home in the UK. Elton brought the song back in 1994 in a duet with Rupaul.
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was a welcome relief for some of his mainstream pop fans after the intensity of songs like "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)." Everything about the video screams 70's pop kitsch from Elton John's plaid suit and Kiki Dee's overalls to the pair's self-effacing dance moves. It's 2 seasoned entertainers having the time of their life.
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