All about Your Song (1970) and Sacrifice (1989) by Elton John!
He is a master of piano playing, a talented composer, the legendary "Rocketman"! He had to compensate for his ordinary appearance with spectacular images and simply crazy styles of glasses! In the past, he was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and today he is an English sir, one of the few rock musicians of the capitalist camp who managed to break through the Iron Curtain and perform for Soviet listeners ... All this, of course, is about the good old Elton John!
Despite the fact that our hero discovered his attraction to music in himself at a tender childhood, fame came to him only in 1967, along with the release of the composition “Your Song”! But first things first.
History of "Your Song" (1970)
Reginald Kenneth Dwight (this is the real name of our hero) went to success for a long time, but very confidently. At the age of four, the boy mastered playing the piano, and at thirteen he founded his own rock band! The Corvettes began by playing songs by Ray Charles and Jim Reeves. Later, the guys renamed themselves Bluesology, and from the mid-1960s toured the United States with well-known rhythm and blues musicians at that time!
In 1966, Dwight got a job at Liberty Records. It was this event that brought him together with the talented guy Bernie Taupin, with whom they wrote their happy “Your Song”!
The guys equipped their own "workshop" in John's parental home. They wrote their first common hit in the same place - in the London suburb of Northwood Hills ... Just one wonderful day, the magical beauty of “Your Song” was born ...
As the story goes, as well as dried coffee stains on the draft of the text, inspiration washed over Topin right during the morning meal! Just another 30 minutes, and Elton put his friend's poems on an amazingly beautiful melody! On the same day, the ambitious composer made a modest note in his personal diary:
“…Today, I didn’t do anything other than 'Your Song'…”
True, a second version was put forward, which also featured breakfast. But everything was already happening not at John’s house, but on the roof of that same music publishing house Liberty Records (supposedly from here the phrase “I was sitting on the roof and knocking down moss” appeared).
The most curious thing in this whole story is that the guys were in no hurry to put their creation into circulation. The composition "Your Song" was released only in 1970, as the second single from the album "Elton John" (its predecessor - "Border Song" - failed with a crash ...) It is "Your Song" that is considered the starting point from the development of Elton's unfading popularity John!
John Lennon once said:
“... When I heard this song, I thought: “God, this is amazing!” "Your Song" is the first new release since we launched! It was a big step forward…”
Sir John himself to this day consider this composition the most beautiful lyrical thing in his repertoire. But... some listeners are ready to argue with this, because at the end of the 1980s the no less heartfelt "Sacrifice" saw the light of day.
History of the song "Sacrifice" (1989)
Inspired by the art of Aretha Franklin, this touching composition has won millions of fans around the world! Beautiful melody, insightful lyrics...
Bernie Taupin would later say:
“...“Your Song” is a ballad that never fades over time. She is very naive, I would even say childishly... But one way or another, she is absolutely sincere, because I put my own soul into her... Today I could not create something even remotely similar! My love songs come from my personal experience… As a rule, they are about the destruction of a marriage, about the loss of understanding with children… If “Your Song” is about pure and innocent love, then “Sacrifice” is its complete opposite!”