Bernie Taupin

British songwriter

Bernard John “Bernie” Taupin (born 22 May 1950) is an English-American songwriter, poet and lyricist.[1] He was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and is best known for his long-term partnership with Elton John, having written the lyrics for most of John's songs. Taupin has also worked with Alice Cooper and Willie Nelson.

Taupin in April 2011

Notable works by Taupin and John include the songs "Rocket Man", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Tiny Dancer", "Candle in the Wind", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "Daniel", "Your Song", "I'm Still Standing", "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", "Sacrifice", "The One", "Simple Life", "The Last Song", "Club at the End of the Street" and "Believe". In September 1997, he rewrote the lyrics of "Candle in the Wind" for "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 1992, Taupin and John were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" for the movie Brokeback Mountain. He was played by Jamie Bell in the biopic movie Rocketman (2019).

Taupin has been married four times and divorced three times. He has been married to Heather Kidd since 2004. The couple have two children.[2]


  1. "Elton John Songwriter Bernie Taupin Opening Multi-Media Art Exhibit". Billboard. Associated Press. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. Vain, Madison (31 May 2019). "Elton John's Songwriting Partner Bernie Taupin Is Behind Some of Rock's Most Iconic Songs". Esquire. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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