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On This Date in '76, Elton And Kiki Enjoyed a #1 Hit

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On the 7th of August in 1976, Elton and Kiki Dee were at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of four weeks with their duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. John and Bernie Taupin co-wrote the song using the pseudonyms 'Ann Orson' and 'Carte Blanche.'
 
In 2005, Kiki Dee explained in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits (by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh): "Both Elton and I were big fans of those duets on Motown by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and as there hadn't been any around for a bit, we thought we'd do one ourselves."

Elton recorded his part in Toronto, then the tape was sent to London where his friend recorded her vocal. Producer Gus Dudgeon recalled, "I was with Elton in Canada and he actually sang about three quarters of the song and gave Kiki about four lines. I said, "Hang on a minute, is this supposed to be a duet or a guest appearance? Elton replied, 'A duet.' Then you've got to give her at least 50% of the song."

After the piano player recorded his part in Toronto, the tapes were sent to London and when Kiki got them she remembered, "Elton had recorded the song abroad and also did my vocals in a high-pitched voice which was quite funny, so I knew which lines to sing."