The just-released tracklisting to the Rocketman biopic shows that Elton John duets on a newly-written song with his silver screen counterpart, Taron Egerton. The end-credit track — no doubt a soon-to-be a contender for an Academy Award — is titled “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” written by Elton and Bernie Taupin and co-produced by Giles Martin and Greg Kurstin.
Variety quoted Elton John talking about Egerton and the other actors in the film singing the songs that are so closely identified with Elton's vocals: “It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron. I left Taron in the hands of Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant. I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process, I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and listening back I’ve been astonished with the results.”
Guitarist Davey Johnstone, who joined Elton John's band in 1971 and currently serves as his musical director, has been lucky enough to witness the Elton John – Bernie Taupin songwriting partnership up close for nearly 50 years and has literally seen some of rock's most beloved songs being written in front of him: “Elton’d have a stack of lyrics and he’d just look through them. He wouldn’t do any pre-work (on the songs) in those days, y’know, he wouldn’t ever sneak ‘em at home with them, he’d wait till he get to the studio, and then literally sit down after breakfast and write a song. I mean, I’ve seen him write songs in the time that it’s taken me to make a chicken sandwich, or something.”
The soundtrack to Rocketman is set for release on May 24th with the film opening one week later on May 31st.
Elton John performs tonight (May 2nd) in Vienna, Austria.