Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (5:37)

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This song is the first single from British musician Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on June 10 in the United States. The song was written by John and his collaborator Bernie Taupin, and produced by Gus Dudgeon. It was written in the key of C major.

In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection. It was written with the other songs on the album during a ten day period in January 1974.

The chorus of the song is supported with a horn arrangement by Del Newman, and features backing vocals of the Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and Toni Tennille. Also on the song are percussion accents provided by Ray Cooper and a mellotron played by Dave Hentschel.

As successful as the 1974 record had been, it was as a duet with George Michael that “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” had its greatest success. The pair had performed the song at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Recorded live at a concert at Wembley Arena, London on March 25, 1991 when Elton John was a surprise guest of George Michael, the duet became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It was released later that year and reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in December 1991 and a single week on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1992.

The footage used for the music video of the song was taken from a “live” concert in Chicago with 70,000 fans. “The video was actually shot over several days,” confirms Michael Pagnotta, George’s publicist.

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I can't light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life

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