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Taupin has penned songs like "Tiny Dancer", "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues", "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind".

He later re-wrote "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute to Princess Diana following her death.

Unlike his older brother, he was not a diligent student, although he showed an early flair for writing. He spent his teenage years hanging out with friends, hitchhiking the country roads to attend youth club dances in the surrounding villages, playing snooker in the Aston Arms Pub in Market Rasen, and drinking well before the legal age of eighteen.

He had worked at several part-time, dead-end jobs when, at the age of 17, he answered an advertisement that led to his collaboration with Elton John.

Taupin and his older brother Tony attended Catholic school in Sleaford, continuing there after the family was relocated to the nearby village of Rowston, where they lived in Rowston Manor, a significant step up after a home with no electricity.

Bernie attended school at Market Rasen Secondary Modern.

The pair was featured on a 1991 documentary "Two Rooms" and five years later, opened their first Broadway production called "Lestat: The Musical".

(lyrics: "The Bitch is Back" (uncredited), "Bennie and the Jets" (uncredited), "Tiny Dancer" (uncredited), "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (uncredited), "Philadelphia Freedom" (uncredited), "Rocket Man" (uncredited), "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" (uncredited), "Daniel" (uncredited), "Sad Songs" (uncredited), "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (uncredited), "Candle in the Wind" (uncredited), "I'm Still Standing" (uncredited), "Crocodile Rock" (uncredited), "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" (uncredited), "Your Song") - 11 Finalists Compete Again (2011) ...

Since then, the duo have worked together on more than 30 records.English songwriter, poet, and singer, known for collaborating with Elton John on more than thirty albums.He began working with Elton John at the age of seventeen."Dark Diamond" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.It is the second track on his album Songs from the West Coast.