Candle in the Wind/Bennie and the Jets – Elton John

Australian Charts:
Candle in the Wind/Bennie and the Jets entered the Kent Music Report on 25 March 1974 and peaked at #5.
Due to radio airplay of both songs, it was treated as a double-A-sided single. The record was #33 on the Kent Top 100 of 1974.
Both songs were on the Elton John album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.


The original version in the key of E major appeared on John’s 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and was released as a single in 1974. The lyrics of the song are a sympathetic portrayal of the life of Marilyn Monroe. (The song’s opening line “Goodbye, Norma Jean” refers to Monroe’s real name, Norma Jeane [more commonly spelled Jean] Baker.)
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The lyrics were written by Elton’s writing partner, Bernie Taupin, who got the idea for the title from a quote he read about Janis Joplin. According to Taupin, the song is more of a take on fame and celebrity than an ode to Marilyn Monroe. Said Taupin: “I think the biggest misconception about ‘Candle In The Wind’ is that I was this rabid Marilyn Monroe fanatic, which really couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not that I didn’t have a respect for her. It’s just that the song could just as easily have been about James Dean or Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain. I mean, it could have been about Sylvia Plath or Virginia Woolf. I mean, basically, anybody, any writer, actor, actress, or musician who died young and sort of became this iconic picture of Dorian Gray, that thing where they simply stopped aging. It’s a beauty frozen in time.
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The song tells of “Bennie and the Jets”, a fictional band of whom the song’s narrator is a fan. In interviews, Taupin has said that the song’s lyrics are a satire on the music industry of the 1970s.
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“Bennie” is a female character who Elton has described as a “sci-fi rock goddess.” Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics, told Esquire, “‘Bennie And The Jets’ was almost Orwellian – it was supposed to be futuristic. They were supposed to be a prototypical female rock ‘n’ roll band out of science fiction. Automatons.”
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Also from Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album: Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding.
This is a ‘One Night Only’ performance at Madison Square Garden in October 2000, featuring the song’s original drummer, Nigel Olsson, and guitarist Davey Johnstone.

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