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Bernie Taupin
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    (May 22, 1950- )
    Lyricist for Elton John
    Founded the band, Farm Dogs
    Co-wrote 'Rocket Man,' 'Crocodile Rock,' 'Daniel,' 'Bennie and the Jets,' 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,' 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me,' 'Philadelphia Freedom,' 'We Built this City,' 'These Dreams,' 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Candle in the Wind'
    Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1992)
    He quit school at sixteen.
    He and Elton John first collaborated by mail and did not meet face to face until half a year later.
    Although he participated in studio sessions and tours he never performed on stage or on record with Elton.
    His solo albums have not achieved much recognition or success.
    The title of his memoirs is 'The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John.'
    He battled alcoholism.
    He rewrote the lyrics to 'Candle in the Wind' to honor Princess Diana. It became a huge hit.
    He wrote hit songs for Tina Turner, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Cher, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship and Heart.
    He and his wife own a restaurant called Cicada.
    He produced Commitment to Life VI and VIII which raised money for AIDS research.
    Elton said: 'Without Bernie Taupin there would be no Elton John. We've been together for a very long time. Without him the journey would not have been possible.'
    He is an accomplished painter.

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