PIG-40585 Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Produced by Gus Dudgeon
Released on June 1976
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD
Find it at GEMM
PIG-40585 w. picture sleeve
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A s Fate would have it, at about the same time I was debugging the Cooties Myth I was invited by several girls and boys to join a singing group whose sole purpose purported to be the one-time performance of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” The real purpose, as it turned out, was to drink soda and giggle and talk about kissing. Thus it’s a lock that we had more fun singing this than Elton and Kiki, who recorded their parts in different countries. Anyway, in the course of practicing our parts (I’m pretty sure I got the “Oh, honey, if I get restless” line, without ever knowing what I was restless about), I listened to this song dozens of times and never grew tired of it. (Okay, maybe a little, but remember that I was trying to channel restlessness here.) The interesting thing is that we must have had the 7-inch single (we had tape players in 1976, but they were powered by little dinosaurs who ran on tiny treadmills and were apt to quip “Well, it ain’t Beethoven”), and yet none of us flipped it over to hear “Snow Queen.” Turns out we didn’t miss much. Credited to Elton and Kiki, it’s actually a catty Candle dedicated to Cher (revealed in Elton’s closing reference to “I got you, babe”). Kiki, despite a songwriting credit (photographer David Nutter got one too), simply sings backup. And speaking of songwriting credits, Ann Orson and Carte Blanche are really Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

TRACK LISTING

  1. DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART    (Ann Orson/Carte Blanche)    4:23
  2. SNOW QUEEN    (Elton John/Bernie Taupin/Davey Johnstone/Kiki Dee/David Nutter)    5:54

CREDITS

James Newton-Howard -- string arrangement (1)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 1976 The Rocket Record Co. 7" ROKN-512 picture sleeve
US/CAN June 1976 MCA/The Rocket Record Co. 7" PIG-40585 picture sleeve
BRA 1976 The Rocket Record Co. 7" RO-43001 picture sleeve
HUN 1976 Pepita 7" SPSK-70236 picture sleeve
ITA 1976 The Rocket Record Co. 7" 3C 006 97939  
ZAN 1976 The Rocket Record Co. 7" PD-1276  

 

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