On an episode of ‘In The Actors’ Studio’, a studio audience member shares how whenever he hears John’s hit song “Daniel”, it reminds him of his friend Danny that passed away decades ago in an accident. When he requested that the rock legend play the song, Sir Elton John quickly agrees without any hesitation. What an amazing gesture on John’s part, and what a way to connect with his fans. You can see the man is visibly moved at the end of the video, a memory he’ll probably cherish forever.
The back story on ‘Daniel’ is that on their first American tour in 1970, co-writer Bernie Taupin and John were moved by some of the Vietnam War Vets they ran into at the concerts. Taupin made some notes and wrote much of the composite song lyrics that would make their way onto “Madman Across the Water” in 1971, but ‘Daniel’ didn’t appear until 1973 album “Don’t shoot me I’m only the Piano Player”.
Taupin explains “‘Daniel’ had been the most misinterpreted song that we’d ever written. The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They’d lauded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he’d led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home.” The blindness was added via “poetic license” by Laupin.”
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