Elton John's Famous Song 'Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me' Almost Did Not Get Released

Date February 27, 2018

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me almost did not make it into Elton John's 1974 album, Caribou. The iconic singer did not think the song would be a hit.

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Wrong instincts

Elton admits now that he is bad at predicting which of his songs will do well. Based on his instinct, after the song was recorded, he thought the album would be better off without the song.



This would have been received as an unchecked rumor if the singer, who is married to David Furnish, did not reveal it in a documentary that aired in 2017 on ITV.

Gus Dudgeon saved the day.

We have his producer, Gus Dudgeon to thank for the release of the song that went on to be a major hit because the ace producer insisted that the song be included in the album.


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He did not only release it along with the album. The song was put out as a single. It peaked at No. 16 in the UK.

In 1991, when Elton did a duet with the late George Michael, the song found new success.

"Candle in the wind 1997"

The singer has more than 30 albums to date and he has sold over 300 million records.

To pick a favorite song from his discography is almost impossible. His single, Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight is the second-best-selling single worldwide.


Sir Elton John has had an illustrious career and we can only imagine all the songs we have since come to love that almost did not see the light of day.

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