Bennie and the Jets

Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Performers: Elton John on piano and vocals, Nigel Olsson on drums, Dee Murray on bass, Davey Johnstone on guitar, the entire band also did backing vocals
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
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© 1973 Dick James Music Limited

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The Elton John Keyboard Book
By Elton John. For Piano/Keyboard. Hal Leonard Keyboard Recorded Versions. Rock and Pop Rock. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and introductory text. 160 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.694829).


A song from the early years that Elton himself did not even consider to be single worth.  Bennie and the Jets ended up being the second number one single in the U.S.  A very popular song at his live concerts and usually included an excellent piano solo in the outro.  The song was written about a fictional band

The song still receives lots of airplay on the radio today.  Modern day singers such as Axl Rose have stated listening to this song inspired them to become singers.   Fortunate enough for Axl he performed with Elton John live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.  They have done Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and November Rain by Guns N Roses.

Here’s one of my favourite performances of this song from 1995 Live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Also for fun – here is Elton John and Axl Rose performing together


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