In 1971, the pair were captured celebrating Elton’s longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin’s 21st birthday; Elton wearing his signature star sunglasses while Alice Cooper holds a cigarette to the lips of the late comedian, Paul Lynde.
50 years later, gathered together once again to celebrate Taupin’s 71st birthday, they recreated the iconic snap. Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack was honoured to step in for Paul Layne, sharing the two pics together on Instagram with the caption:
“Bernie Taupin’s 21st Birthday and, last night, his 71st,” wrote McCormack as he shared the snaps on Instagram. “50 years later and I got to be Paul Lynde! 15-year-old me would be losing his mind!”
Elton also penned a heartfelt tribute to his collaborator and close friend, who he has worked with since 1967.
“Celebrating the milestone birthday of my musical soulmate,” wrote Elton. “Happy Birthday Brother, I love you.”
They have been writing together since both responding to the same ad placed in the NME by a record company looking for songwriters. The fateful pairing has produced a staggering collection of hits in the decades since, including “Rocket Man” and “Candle in the Wind.”
Elton John | “Rocket Man” [Royal Festival Hall, London 1972]
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