51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 35: Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Last week, when we stopped off in the year 1984, all the talk was about ‘firsts’ and waiting around for something to happen. This week, we’re talking about another first and another long wait. Thank goodness this trip in my music time machine is not one we have a long time for. That first trip we took may seem like a long time ago, but remember we’re all time travellers.

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This week, we’re stopping off in the year 1976. That was quite a year because I swear it was the last time we had some decent summer weather here in the UK. But, before I get on my soap box and talk about the weather, let’s have a listen to this week’s featured song. Take it away Elton and Kiki…

Now, if you did as you do every week and watched the video the whole way through, you may have noticed some strange goings-on between Elton and Kiki. For example, why was Elton kissing that piece of loose material on the front of Kiki’s dungarees? Probably best not to go there, but I was rather surprised to hear that this song was Elton’s first number one hit in the UK. Not only that, but he then had to wait until 1997 before hitting the number one spot again.

I personally think that Elton and Kiki would have made the perfect couple for the movie Grease, which would follow a few years later. Given that Elton tries to teach Kiki some hand jive movements during the performance, I think the makers of Grease missed out on finding their leading couple early on. Elton and Kiki do have far better singing voices, don’t you think? Just listen to this duo.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart became a huge worldwide hit. Hitting the number one spot in 10 countries, it also became the second highest selling single of 1976 in the U.S.A.

Do you have a favourite ‘duo’ song? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara, Marie, and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

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  1. I’m so glad you linked to this video Hugh, I haven’t seen an old recording of Elton john like this before! And I fully support your idea that these two should have been the leads of Grease 🙂

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      1. I read somewhere that Olivia was picked because she was a singer, and john was picked bc he was an actor, and the hope was that they would balance each other out and make up for the others shortfalls lol

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    1. I agree, Chris. Elton John is an icon, and always will be. I saw him in concert one New Year’s Eve, and he put on a fabulous show. I’m not sure about that couple in the movie clip. Is it me (or my computer), or are their singing voices really that bad?

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    1. Really? Even after listening to them singing in that movie clip, Brigid? I love watching Grease, but that movie clip has put me off. I’m sticking with Elton and Kiki after listening to that. 😂
      I never got a pair of dungarees, so I’m hoping they will come back.

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  2. I love that song, Hugh! Elton and Kiki do have great voices indeed, not like poor old Arthur Mullard and Hilda Baker. Grease has got to be my favourite film ever! I have watched it so many times. I do love a bit of cheese.
    My song choice this week is the epitome of cheese. The smiles, the too-good-looking-for-their-own-good, wholesomeness, and being perfectly in tune with each other. However, I loved them then and still do now!!

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    1. I enjoy watching the film as well, Judy. I’m always singing along to it. Grease 2 was no patch on the original Grease. I remember when Hilda and Arthur made their version of ‘You’re The One That I Want’. So very funny. I loved watching Hilda Baker. She was a very talented actress when it came to comedy.
      When we went to Las Vegas a few years ago, we could have got tickets to go and see Donny & Marie. However, we also had the chance to go and see and Elton in concert. He put on a brilliant show. I’m sure Donny & Marie did as well, but Elton won the day that day. I was never a big fan of the Osmonds, although do have their Christmas Album. I also enjoyed their record ‘Crazy Horses’. At the time, I was into The Partridge Family.

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      1. Grease 2 was an absolute disaster, apparently, I didn’t even watch it!
        A difficult choice to make between Elton and Donny & Marie, I would struggle to choose which one!
        I liked David Cassidy from the Partridge Family, he was very handsome too. Sadly, I believe he has alcohol induced dementia now.

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  3. I don’t know what it is about this song (the Elton one) and others of that era that I like so much. Might just be that it reminds me of a nice, simpler time. And they don’t make ’em like that anymore. I like the Carpenters a lot too for the same reason.

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  4. This was certainly an anthem for high school. Elton John was riding high off this many hits, so of course he duets with Kiki Dee (who?) and sets more records. Catchy, fun song! I had two friends in HS who LOVED EJ and were insanely jealous of Kiki. So silly! But I have to say that Grease is one of my favorite musicals. Who are those people singing?? Definitely not Olivia and John. But you did that to fool us all and see who was really clicking on it didn’t you? Aren’t you the clever one? That just cracked me up 🙂

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    1. Ahh, you got me, Terri. 😂 Yes, I added that second video in to see if people would play it and get a shock when they heard the voices. The singers are Authur Mullard and Hilda Baker, comedy show actors from the 1970s. Their version of ‘You’re The One That I Want’ actually made it to number 22 on the UK charts in 1978. It spent five weeks in the UK Top 40. They were popular at the time, so took a chance on making their own version. I’m kinda glad they did, because it’s very funny.

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  5. Hi Hugh, I love your choice. Elton is such a talented musician. You got me dancing around the kitchen again!

    This is my favourite duo: What Have I Done To Deserve This- Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

    I love Dusty’s voice and her way of performing. Sadly, she is another one no longer with us.

    This clip is from the Brit Awards in 1987

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    1. I agree, Chris. Elton is one of the most talented musicians out there. I’ve seen him in concert a couple of times and he certainly knows how to put on a great show. Glad to hear I got you dancing around the kitchen again. 😀

      I enjoyed your choice of song as well. When I first heard them sing it, I loved it. I remember playing it when I was a DJ in London, back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. It was always a ‘floor-filler.’

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  6. This is a great song. I also loved the version he did with Ru Paul at the time but listening to it now that version seems quite dated. Also, I hate to correct you but he didn’t have to wait until Princess Diana snuffed it in 1997 to get his next number one – Sacrifice topped the charts in 1990 and that was his first ever solo Uk number 1 🙂

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      1. No worries. I hate correcting people but appreciate it when people correct me too. I’d also have to disagree about “Are You Ready For Love” getting to number one in 1979 which was its first release… No, I didn’t watch the video, I don’t want my Grease memories tarnished by those two muppets lol. Finally, my duo would involve a street in Australia where two youngsters found love and then went on to be a real life couple. Can you figure it out?

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  7. Wow, Hugh — just one more week to go. It’s been a great theme. I’ve really enjoyed it. “Breaking My Heart” was a huge favorite of mine. Your idea of Elton and Kiki in Grease was fabulous — I can totally see that.
    Whatever you do next, I know it will be a ton of fun. Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’ve another 16 weeks to go with this feature. It’s proved to be very popular and I’m now wondering what I can do when the time comes to replace it with a new feature. 🤔 Time to get my ‘thinking cap’ on. 😀
      Hugs to you.

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  8. Love this song, Hugh! Once again, I had missed the video somehow (that seems to be a recurring theme for me). You’re right that there were some ‘strange’ going-ons between Elton and Kiki!!

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  9. One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists. It’s hard to believe that EJ waited that long to have another number one hit. Really hard. One of my regrets is that I never got to see him in concert. But there’s still time..:)

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  10. Another great song, Hugh! I find the interaction between the two of them to be quite interesting. Almost like they are great pals and just having fun singing together….except the part where he kisses her clothes, of course. lol

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