Bernard John Taupin CBE also known as Bernie Taupin is a prominent English-American lyricist and visual performer and is most known for his collaborative efforts with Sir Elton John and has been dubbed as one of the most successful collaborative ventures in the history of music. To a large measure, Sir Elton John’s earlier success in the 1960’s can be credited to the lyrics penned by Taupin.
The collaboration started in 1967 when Taupin responded to an advert in the music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records which sought new songwriters. Elton John also responded to the same advert and luck brought the duo together. The duo went on to create history with their collaborative partnership and continued to produce numerous hit albums. Both were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.
Taupin and John also received the Oscar for the Most Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” in 2020 and subsequently were included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Musical Excellence Award category in 2023.
Taupin was born on 22 May 1950 in the of Anwick and the town of Sleaford, in the southern part of Lincolnshire, England to Robert Taupin and Daphne. Daphne was the daughter of John Leonard Patchett “Poppy” Court, who was a Cambridge-educated classics teacher while Taupin’s father was of French origin and had immigrated to London to set up a wine importing enterprise.
Taupin was not academically inclined and from an early age showed flair towards writing. He left school when he was 15 and joined a local newspaper, The Lincolnshire Standard, as a trainee in the print room. He nurtured an ambition to become a journalist but soon lost interest and left the job to spend the remaining teenage years moving and hitchhiking with friends and attending youth club dances in the surrounding villages.
Taupin’s mother who was well versed in French literature and his maternal grandfather John Leonard Palchett “Poppy” Court, had a big influence on him and inculcated a deep sense of appreciation of nature and literature and narrative poetry which is clearly visible in his early lyrics.
Bernie Taupin, English-American Lyricist, and Visual Artist’s Legacy
in 1967 when Taupin responded to an advert in the music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records which sought new songwriters. Elton John also responded to the same advert and luck brought the duo together. However, neither could pass the audition. When Elton told the authorities at Liberty Records that he could not write lyrics, the man at the desk handed him an envelope that contained the names of people who were submitting lyrics for the advert. When Elton opened the envelope it contained poems penned by Taupin.
This started a collaboration which produced more than thirty albums to date. In 1977 the two gave a brief hiccup to their association and Taupin collaborated with other artists including Alice Cooper, and John worked with other lyricists, including Gary Osborne and Tom Robinson. However, the two rejoined in 1979 and started their collaboration once again.
Taumin resumed penning for Elton John albums and it included several songs on albums such as The Fox, 21 at 33, and Jump Up! However, in 1983 Taubin became the solo lyricist for Elton John and the arrangement continues to this day.
Among the lyrics which Taupin has penned for Elton include “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, “The Bitch is Back”, “Daniel”, and 1970’s “Your Song”, their first hit. Taupin rewrote the lyrics of “Candle in the Wind” for “Candle in the Wind 1997”, a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Bernie Taupin’s Family
Taupin had married four times of which the first three ended in divorce. His wives include:-
- Maxine Feibelman (1971–76)
- Toni Lynn Russo (1979–91)
- Stephanie Haymes Roven (1993–98
- Heather Kidd (March 2004–present),
Taupin had two daughters from his marriage to Heather Kidd, Charley Indiana and Georgey Devon.
How Much is Bernie Taupin’s Net Worth?
Bernie Taupin the famous English Songwriter has a net worth of $220 Million Dollars and he was born on May 22, 1950. Most of his wealth comes from the royalty he shares with Elton John for the songs he had penned for the legendary singer.
|Birth name||Bernard John Taupin|
|Born||22 May 1950 (age 73)|
|Place Of Birth||Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England|
|Parents||Robert Taupin and Daphne Cort|
|Height||167 cm (5 Feet 7 Inches)|
|Weight||(149 lbs) 68 Kg|
|Hair Colour||Dark Brown|
|Genres||Rock, pop, country|
|Occupation(s)||Lyricist, visual artist|
|Kids/Children Name||Charley Indiana Taupin|
|Divorce||Maxine Feibelman (1971–1976),|
|Toni Lynn Russo (1979–1991),|
|Stephanie Haymes Roven (1993–1998)|
|Spouse||Heather Lynn Hodgins Kidd (m. 2004)|