ELTON JOHN The Nation’s Favorite Song 11/12/17: Elton John on his extraordinary career and his songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Having performed for half a century and counting, Elton John has played more than 4,000 concerts in 80 countries, sold upwards of 300 million records and his timeless style and brilliant music has crossed generations. Celebrate the very best of Elton’s illustrious career in this 90-minute documentary special as Elton himself describes the inspirations and fascinating real stories behind his 20 greatest songs as voted on by fans. Elton John: The Nation’s Favorite Song mixes rich archive footage and home videos with new interviews to paint a picture of the incredibly dynamic man behind the music. Elton shares hilarious stories about his trademark outrageous wardrobe choices and details his 50-year working relationship with songwriter and lyricist Bernie Taupin in addition to discussing his many collaborations including those with Kiki Dee and the late George Michael. See interviews with musicians and celebrities who Elton has worked with or inspired throughout the years including Ed Sheeran, Sharon Osbourne, James Corden, Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Sting, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, James Bay, Quincy Jones, Boy George, Dionne Warwick and Rob Lowe among others.
Elton had celebrated his 70th birthday during this exclusive in-depth interview with Elton by the year this programme was broadcast, his legendary career continues, and this show counted down the best songs he has given us, as voted for by the public. The songs listed are: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (1975), “Philadelphia Freedom” (1975), “Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)” (1973), “Nikita” (1985), “Are You Ready for Love” (1979), “Bennie and the Jets” (1976), “Sacrifice” (1990), “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (1976), “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1973), “Daniel” (1973), “Crocodile Rock” (1972), “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (1983), “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (1974) – including the 1991 duet with George Michael, “Tiny Dancer” (1972) – used in a memorable scene in Almost Famous, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976) – his duet with Kiki Dee, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (1994) – Oscar winning song, co-written by Tim Rice, from The Lion King, “I’m Still Standing” (1983), “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” (1972) – covers by Kate Bush and William Shatner are mentioned, “Candle in the Wind” (1974) and (1997), and a suitable number one with “Your Song” (1970). Other songs mentioned and played in the programme were: “Kiss the Bride”, “Sixty Years On”, “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”, “Pinball Wizard” – featured in the film Tommy, “Made in England” and “The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)”.
Original interviews cast list for this documentary
James Bay, James Blunt, Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi), Boy George (Culture Club), Paul Buckmaster, Timothy Dalton (archive footage), Kiki Dee, Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Stephen Fry, Paul Gambaccini, Billy Joel, Elton John, Davey Johnstone, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King, Tony King, Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Lulu, Rag’n’Bone Man, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Shawn Mendes, George Michael, Nina Myskow, Nanette Newman, Nigel Olsson, Sharon Osbourne, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Lionel Richie, Nile Rodgers (CHIC), Jake Shears, Ed Sheeran, Dan Smith, Rod Stewart, Sting, Janet Street-Porter, Bernie Taupin, Kathleen Turner (archive footage), Johnnie Walker, David Walliams Presenter / Narrator and Dionne Warwick