Don't Go Breaking My Heart (5:00)

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“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John without Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche” (a pun on the expression “an horse and cart, blanche”), 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 1966 by Dionne Warwick.

Like many of Elton John’s singles from the 1970s, it was never included on any of his original albums (though it was recorded during the same sessions that produced Blue Moves). However, it was included on the original version of Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II in 1977. It has since been shifted to the “Volume 3” compilation, Greatest Hits 1976–1986. In 2002, it also appeared on Elton John’s 2-disc greatest hits album, Elton John’s Greatest Hits 1970-2002. A demo version of the song was recorded by John as a solo artist. This version has not been released commercially. The song was also covered by Ol’ Dirty Bastard with Macy Gray, and by Anne Hathaway and Jesse McCartney for the 2004 film Ella Enchanted and its soundtrack.

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was also John’s first No. 1 single in the UK, topping the chart for six weeks in mid 1976. He would not enjoy a solo British chart-topper until 1990. It also became his sixth No. 1 single in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.


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  • arthurporto97

    Masterpiece <3

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
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    4 May 2014 Reply
  • Bolters

    Good duet !!!! Good track!!!

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • bekazeka

    AWFUL :(

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CBNetRadio

    Interesting DANCE Mix

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Oriol1992

    I'm listening to the dance version with RuPaul :)

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • Junior_Lins

    the first song. <3

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • StephanePG

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • kenneth9174

    awesome this guy !!! ..peace

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • boycow1

    i remember when this came seems every station had the song playing at different intervals! lol the summer of simpler times :)

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • escapep

    not breaking my hearth

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • lesypersound

    OMG, I love this song...and have since I was 4 years old! [2] lol probably heard it first on some classic rock station in my uncle's car... :]

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • danc6433

    A very heartfelt song of Elton's love for another woman. He realy doesn't want her to break his heart. Elton had his choice of women and Kiki is the on who "did it". Very passionate and painful song to listen to.

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Sir Elton and Kiki:

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Kiki Dee explained in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner & Spencer Leigh, "Both Elton and I were big fans of those duets on Motown by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and as there hadn't been any around for a bit, we thought we'd do one ourselves." Elton recorded his part in Toronto, then the tape was sent to London where Kiki Dee recorded her vocal. Producer Gus Dudgeon recalls, "I was with Elton in Canada and he actually sang about three quarters of the song and gave Kiki about four lines. I said, "Hang on a minute, is this supposed to be a duet or a guest appearance? Elton replied, 'A duet.' Then you've got to give her at least 50 per cent of the song." After Elton recorded his part in Toronto, the tapes were sent to London and when Kiki got them she remembered, "Elton had recorded the song abroad and also did my vocals in a high pitched voice which was quite funny, so I knew which lines to sing."

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • WalterDigsTunes

    Elton at his peak, could do no wrong [2]

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • boscopud

    Love this!!!! Kara-sweetie...I ALWAYS think of you and me, 2 young girls lost; driving crazy and laughing our asses off, trying to find our way home, and singing this to each other in goofy voices. R.I.P. funny girl! I miss you. :)

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • wynterkat

    OMG, I love this song...and have since I was 4 years old!

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PixieMegh

    I loved this one as a little girl. :) Memories...

    3 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    reminds me of my teens wonderful

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
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