Wikipedia helpfully recalls that “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the punning pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche.” Elton performed the song as a duet with Kiki Dee, and had a huge smash with it in 1976.
Wikipedia notes that the song was intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. It’s not up to their standard, but what is? Wikipedia also recalls that the promotional video of the song by John and Dee is one of the cheapest ever made.
Since 1976 the song has been recycled and put to use on several occasions, but can it still be put to good use? Mr. R.H. Potfry is the proprietor of The Nose On Your Face, and he puts the song to the test in “Don’t Go Breaking My [Baitsim].” In his video, Mr. Potfry demonstrates more wit and savvy than the president of the United States. In this case, the humor is of the “it only hurts when I laugh” variety, but I believe the point stands.
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