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How Elton and Bernie met

How Elton and Bernie met

We built this website after being inspired by the story of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, who met after both replying to the same advert in the NME.

Liberty Records placed the ad back in 1967, calling for talent. Reg Dwight (Elton John), of the band Bluesology, responded and had an audition at the London office, only to be turned down by A&R man Ray Williams. He explained that he could write music, but not lyrics, so Williams handed over some poems by a guy named Bernie Taupin, another person who had responded to the advert.

Dwight was impressed with the words and contacted Taupin, and so began a songwriting partnership that would last for years. Elton would recieve lyrics from Bernie and try to build a melody around those he saw as having song potential. They started this way and have continued in this vien for their entire career.

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