Song of the Day: Elton John – “The Bitch Is Back”

Happy birthday wishes go out to Elton John, who turns 69 years old today (today is also Aretha Franklin’s 74th birthday — quite a lot of talent born on this day!). The lyrics to this song were written by Bernie Taupin, but they are about Elton, who has referred to this song as his theme song. Per the book The Girl in the Song: The Real Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics, it was a comment from Taupin’s then-wife Maxine that started it all as she once referred to Elton’s temper by saying “Uh oh, the bitch is back.” The song went to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 even though some radio stations banned it due to the word “bitch.” One other interesting piece of trivia with this song — Dusty Springfield was one of its backing vocalists.

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