I just read about a recent interview with Elton John and Bernie Taupin, in which Elton was surprised to learn of Bernie’s inspiration for the song “Rocket Man”. In case you didn’t know, for most of Elton’s songs, Bernie wrote the lyrics first and then Elton wrote the music later.
“It was actually a song inspired by Ray Bradbury from his book of science-fiction short stories called The Illustrated Man,” he explained. “In that book, there was a story called The Rocket Man, which was about how astronauts in the future would become sort of an everyday job… so I kinda took that idea and ran with it.”
To this, Sir Elton responded: “Do you know, I never knew that…”
I’m an Elton John fan, but how did he not know this?! He only sang and performed the song a few thousand times!
And happy 76th birthday to Sir Elton John, born on March 25, 1947:
I wish they would do a whole Bradbury themed album.
Here are many hours of Ray Bradbury inspired and ironically paralleled musical expressions. Amazing collection!
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