Sunday, February 21, 2016

"Kiss the Bride" by Elton John

Song#:  1558
Date:  08/06/1983
Debut:  60
Peak:  25
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  John's single "I'm Still Standing" was his third chart entry in a row to just miss out on the Top 10 reaching #12 ("Empty Garden" hit #13 and "Blue Eyes" got to #12). Could he finally crack the Top 10 with this second single from his Too Low for Zero album? Nope. It actually did worse and could only make a Top 30 showing. However, his luck would turn around with the third single from the LP.

ReduxReview:  This isn't too bad for a John/Taupin rocker, but it is nowhere in the same league as their classic 70s material. Although it made a respectable appearance on the chart, I don't think it was a very good single. Frankly, it's quite forgettable. It's definitely not his worst effort, but I certainly wouldn't put this on a list of his greatest hits.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In 1962 when he was just 15, "Reggie Dwight" co-founded the band Bluesology. They played clubs for a few years gaining a solid reputation that lead to them being contracted to be the backing band for artists on tour in the UK (The Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle, etc.). Their demo caught the ear of Fontana Records, who signed them. Two singles were released, but no takers. In 1966, vocalist Long John Baldry asked them to become his regular backing band, which they did. But after a couple of years, Dwight was done with that job and decided to move on. He met a guy named Bernie Taupin and the two began co-writing songs. By this point, Dwight had changed his name. He took on "Elton," which came from his Bluesology mate Elton Dean, and "John" from his one-time boss Long John Baldry. Elton John would then issue his debut album, Empty Sky, in 1969.


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