Elton John's 1975 hit Someone Saved My Life Tonight from the album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John (1975)
He might well be among our happiest, most well-adjusted homos (and a dad to boot) these days but, like many, it wasn’t always the case for trillion-selling musician, performer, AIDS activist and all-round national treasure Reg Dwight. Back in 1969, and unhappily engaged to be married to then girlfriend Linda Woodrow, the pre-fame singer-songwriter was so messed up in the head he was seriously contemplating suicide. He was persuaded out of both suicide and sham marriage by friend, chart topper and (a rarity back then) the out gay Long John Baldry – the ‘someone’ referred to in the title. The whole story resurfaced six years later as the subject for one of Elton’s most affecting songs and a prime contender to boot for the first ever power ballad.
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