On this day in music history: August 7, 1976 -…

On this day in music history: August 7, 1976 – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on September 11, 1976. Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, it is the sixth US chart topper for the superstar singer, songwriter and musician born Reginald Kenneth Dwight. A great lover of R&B music, especially Motown, pop music superstar Elton John talks to his long time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin about writing something in that vein. John and Taupin write “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” under the punning pseudonyms “Ann Orson & Carte Blanche” in early 1976. Once the song is written, John decides that it will work better as a duet. Initially Elton asks his friend Dusty Springfield to do the song, but declines when she is too ill at the time to make the session. Instead, he asks his fellow Rocket Records artist Kiki Dee to sing it with him. Recorded during sessions for the “Blue Moves” album, it is recorded at Eastern Sound Studios in Toronto in March of 1976. The track features John’s touring band which includes Davey Johnstone (guitars), Kenny Passerelli (bass), Roger Pope (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion) and arranger James Newton Howard (electric piano, string arrangements). Released as a stand alone single in June of 1976, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” does not appear on an album until the release of “Elton John’s Greatest Hits V. II” in 1977. Entering the Hot 100 at #66 on July 3, 1976, it streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. The song is also Elton’s first chart topping single in his home country, spending six weeks at number one on the UK singles chart. A year after “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” tops the chart, John performs the song on “The Muppet Show”, dueting with Miss Piggy to great comic effect. Elton re-records the song with RuPaul on the album “Duets” in 1993. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.