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Don't Go Breaking My Heart

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
Single by Elton John with Kiki Dee
B-side "Snow Queen"
Released 21 June 1976
Recorded March 1976
Genre Disco, pop
Length 4:28
Label Rocket (UK)
Writer(s) Ann Orson (Elton John)
Carte Blanche (Bernie Taupin)
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
"Love Song"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
Kiki Dee chronology
"Once a Fool"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
"First Thing in the Morning"

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche" (a pun on the expression "an horse and cart, blanche"), respectively, and intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. It is not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song of the same title recorded in 1965 by Dionne Warwick for the album Here I Am.

John and Taupin originally intended to record the song with Dusty Springfield, but ultimately withdrew the offer; Dusty's partner Sue Cameron later said this was because she was too ill at the time.[1]


  • Chart performance 1
  • Availability 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Charts and certifications 4
    • Peak positions 4.1
    • Year end charts 4.2
    • Sales and certifications 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Chart performance

Writers John and Taupin received the 1981 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2]

Unlike many of John's singles from the 1970s, it was never included on an original album (although it was recorded during the Blue Moves sessions), but was subsequently released as the third single on album Duets, in early 1994.

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was the first No. 1 single in the UK for both John and Kiki Dee, topping the chart for six weeks in mid 1976. John would not enjoy a solo British chart-topper until "George Michael credited as a duet.

The B-side, "Snow Queen", was supposedly inspired by Cher, with John's improvising of past Sonny & Cher hits "I Got You Babe", and "The Beat Goes On" as well as the solo Cher song "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" during the fadeout of the song.

In 1977, John guest starred on The Muppet Show and performed the track with Miss Piggy. In 1985, John and Dee performed the track to the crowd at Wembley Stadium during John's set at Live Aid (where Dee sang backup). In 1987, John appeared with Minnie Mouse on the NBC series Totally Minnie miming to the track. He performed the track with Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) at the 2001 British Comedy awards. He also performed it with the Spice Girls on his ITV tribute programme An Audience with... Elton John.

In June 2013, 37 years after its original release, the single reached one million sales in the UK.[6][7]


The song can be found on Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II (1977), Greatest Hits 1976–1986, the 1995 UK CD of Rock of the Westies includes it as a bonus track (the US edition did not, however). In 2002, it also appeared on John's 2-disc greatest hits album, Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970-2002. A demo version of the song was recorded by John as a solo artist. This version has not been released commercially.


Charts and certifications


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  2. ^ Lister, David (28 May 1994). "Pop ballads bite back in lyrical fashion".  
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  4. ^ a b , 25 December 1976 ("Billboard's Annual Talent in Action", Pop Singles of 1976)Billboard
  5. ^ "American certifications – Go Breaking My Heart".  
  6. ^ Pakinkis, Tom (28 June 2013). "Elton, Sheeran and Andre join million-sellers club in the UK".  
  7. ^ a b Lane, Daniel (27 June 2013). "Daft Punk's Get Lucky becomes one of the UK's biggest selling singles of all-time!".  
  8. ^ a b  
  9. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ Top Singles, August 21, 1976"RPM".  
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Elton John & Kiki Dee search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  13. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". VG-lista.
  19. ^ Don't Go Breaking My Heart" on the South African Singles Chart""".  
  20. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ " – Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 1976-07-24" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Elton John – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Elton John.
  24. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
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  26. ^ Hunter, Nigel, ed. (1977). "Top 100 Singles 1976". BPI YearBook 1977 (2nd ed.).  
  27. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Elton John – Don't Go Breaking My Heart".  
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Elton John/Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart".   Enter Don't Go Breaking My Heart in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  29. ^ "American single certifications – John, Elton and Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links

Preceded by
"Kiss and Say Goodbye" by The Manhattans
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
7 August 1976 – 28 August 1976
Succeeded by
"You Should Be Dancing" by Bee Gees
Preceded by
"The Roussos Phenomenon EP" by Demis Roussos
UK number one single
24 July 1976 – 28 August 1976
Succeeded by
"Dancing Queen" by ABBA
Preceded by
"S-S-S-Single Bed" by Fox
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
30 August 1976
Preceded by
"Summer" by War
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
11 September 1976
Succeeded by
"Don't Stop Believin'" by Olivia Newton-John
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