Elton John And Bernie Taupinone of the greatest songwriting duos of all time, will receive the 2024 prize Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for popular song.
The award is named after another legendary team of songwriters, George And Ira Gershwinwhose papers are kept in the Library.
John and Taupin will be honored with a tribute concert in Washington, DC, premiering on PBS stations nationwide on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
In announcing the award, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin have written some of the most memorable songs of our lives. Their careers are distinguished by the quality and broad appeal of their music and by their influence on their fellow artists.”
“More than 50 years ago, they came from across the Atlantic to conquer Americans and audiences around the world with their beautiful songs and rock anthems,” she added. “We are proud to honor Elton and Bernie with the Gershwin Prize for their incredible impact on generations of music lovers.”
“Your Song”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Rocket Man”, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” are just a few of the songs they wrote together that have become timeless standards. Not to mention the fun they had with “Bennie and The Jets” and “Crocodile Rock,” which became their first No. 1 single in the US in 1973.
“I’ve been writing songs with Bernie for 56 years, and we never thought that one day this could be given to us,” Elton said. “It’s an incredible honor for two Brits to be recognized like this. I’m so honoured.”
“Being in a house with America’s great songwriters, even on the same avenue, is humbling, and one I’m absolutely thrilled to accept,” Taupin said.
Today, John is among the best-selling solo artists of all time with more than 70 Top 40 hits over six decades.
Although their work has been linked for decades as co-writers, Taupin has often preferred to stay behind the scenes.
by the editor of RTTNews
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