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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 2013


When Liberty Records of the UK placed an innocuous ad seeking new songwriters, in England's music paper, The New Musical Express, amazing repercussions were soon to take place. It was 1967, four years after the arrival of The Beatles and two years before Woodstock, when a lyric writer, Bernie Taupin, then a teenager, answered the ad by submitting a bundle of his lyrics. At virtually the same moment, a composer and pianist, Reg Dwight, who would soon become Elton John also submitted samples of his work, and when a record executive hooked the two up, history was about to be made. With the advent of this new songwriting duo, an uninterrupted quarter century of creativity ensued with Taupin taking his place as one of the premier lyricists in the entire spectrum of rock and roll.

Born in 1950, Taupin grew up in the Lincolnshire region of the north of England. From early childhood, he developed a powerful interest in poetry and his parents nurtured his interest and love for words, by reading him the great epic poems. As he grew older, he became fascinated with the music of great American folk artists like Woody Guthrie, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, all of whose lyrics amounted to narrative poetry.

In answer to the Liberty Records ad, the partnership with Dwight ensued as the pair was hired by Dick James Music to compose songs for other artists on its roster. Very few of these songs were recorded. The first collaboration by the new team was a song titled, "Lady Samantha," which followed Elton John's…

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