Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John)

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“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee (both born in the same year, 1947). It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” (a pun on the expression “an horse and cart, blanche”), respectively, and intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Tamla Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. It is not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song of the same title recorded in 1965 by Dionne Warwick for the album Here I Am. Love Is ” is the title of a 1993 duet written by Tonio K and John Keller, and originally recorded and released by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight.

The single originally appeared on the soundtrack to the television drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. The song not only was featured on 2 Episodes of 90210 but was also included in the spin-off series Melrose Place. After this exposure, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming McKnight’s breakthrough hit and another hit for Williams. The song peaked at number one on the adult contemporary chart, where it spent three weeks at the summit.There were two different versions released to radio, the more common mix includes energetic electric guitar performing the solo in the bridge, an alternate lesser known mix, presents melodic solo piano at the bridge. The edit version was that of the guitar mix, which presented a fade out during the second of the two ending chorus refrains. This mix appears on Brian McKnight’s greatest hits album From There to Here: 1989-2002 without the fade, although the piano solo ending is slightly trimmed.

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