Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

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“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” is the first single from British musician Elton John‘s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on June 10 in the United States. The song was written by John and his collaborator Bernie Taupin, and produced by Gus Dudgeon. It was written in the key of C major.

In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:

I took a chance and changed your way of life
but you misread my meaning when I met you
closed the door and left me blinded by the light
don’t let the sun go down on me
although I search myself its always someone else I see.

It was written with the other songs on the album during a ten day period in January 1974.

The chorus of the song is supported with a horn arrangement by Del Newman, and features backing vocals of the Beach Boys‘ Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and Toni Tennille. Also on the song are percussion accents provided by Ray Cooper and a mellotron played by Dave Hentschel.

“Don’t Let the Sun” charted on June 1, 1974 in Great Britain, making it to number 16. In the United States, it was released while “Bennie and the Jets” was still in the Top 40, and reached the Top 10 after four weeks. On August 10, the song’s two week stay at number 2 ended. It could not oust John Denver’s “Annie’s Song,” nor Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died” from the top spot. But a number 2 pinnacle guaranteed it further airplay. By September it would become Elton’s fourth gold single.

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