September 30, 2001 |
Bernie Taupin is among the most private figures in pop music, a lyricist so media-shy that he makes Bob Dylan look like an extrovert. While his flamboyant songwriting partner Elton John travels the world singing their hits (and they've had more than anyone except Elvis Presley), the reclusive Taupin lives on a 30-acre cutting-horse ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, caring for his horses and turning out lyrics for more songs.
February 21, 1999
Lyricist Bernie Taupin's pick of Shawn Colvin's "Sunny" as the longshot winner in the best song category last year was so impressive that Calendar invited Elton John's longtime writing partner back for a second round of Grammy song evaluation. This time, he agreed to give Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn his views on the rock and country song nominees as well as the song of the year finalists.
May 21, 1998 |
Bernie Taupin, longtime Elton John lyricist, brings his own band, the Farm Dogs, to the Topanga Days Country Fair in the canyon Sunday. Even though Taupin has enjoyed more success as a songwriter than the average 100 songwriters put together, he's decided that he still has more music in him. Much more than his collaborations with John alone will satisfy.
February 22, 1998 |
What makes a good song? No one knows better than the folks who write them. Calendar enlisted some experts to look at the Grammy nominees in three song categories--R&B, country and pop (a.k.a. song of the year)--to determine whether this year's crop yields any gems, or just a bunch of stinkers. SONG OF THE YEAR The Nominees: "Don't Speak" by Eric Stefani and Gwen Stefani; "How Do I Live" by Diane Warren; "I Believe I Can Fly" by R.
July 10, 1996 |
If you like to sing along with records, the odds are you've probably spent a good chunk of time singing the words of Bernie Taupin. As Elton John's lyricist, Taupin has co-written some of the most memorable hits of the modern pop era--from the romantic innocence of "Your Song" to the dark anxiety of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." So it's surprising to hear Taupin refer--even good-naturedly--to all that music as his "day job."
April 2, 1995 |
'The beauty of not talking about our songs is that it has always left them open to interpretation," lyricist Bernie Taupin says, sitting next to songwriting partner Elton John on the sofa in a Los Angeles hotel suite. "That's the joy of what we do, creating songs that are a door to the imagination. You are free to step in and see whatever you want to see. We just paint the colors and you put it all together."